On July 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its interim public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people in response to increases in COVID-19 cases as a result of the Delta variant. CDC continues to recommend face coverings for those not vaccinated, and the July 27 guidance marks a change in the CDC’s approach for vaccinated people based on preliminary evidence suggesting that “fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can spread the virus to others.” That new guidance recommends that fully vaccinated individuals:
- Wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in a community where case metrics indicate a substantial or high level of transmission. Fully vaccinated people might choose to mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in their household is unvaccinated. People who are at increased risk for severe disease include older adults and those who have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, overweight or obesity, and heart conditions.
- Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Get tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result.
- Isolate if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
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