Sumary of With the Delta Variant Circulating, Vaccinated People ‘Might Want to Consider’ Wearing Masks Again, Dr. Fauci Says:
- Due to the spread of the delta coronavirus variant, vaccinated people may still want to mask up in some scenarios at this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, Anthony Fauci, M.
- The official guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for fully vaccinated people is that they don’t need to wear a mask, Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNBC anchors on Wednesday.
- “The broad overall CDC recommendation is that if you are vaccinated, you are protected and you don’t need to wear a mask indoors or outdoors,” Dr. Fauci said.
- However, individuals who live in areas with low vaccination rates, as well as high transmission and case rates, may want to exercise extra caution and wear a mask when indoors, especially as the more infectious delta variant spreads.
- Many local authorities in areas of the country that are seeing high levels of infection and transmission, such as Los Angeles County, are suggesting or requiring people to wear masks regardless of vaccination status, Dr. Fauci said.
- “Because of the high level of infection and transmission there, they are saying that even if you’re vaccinated, it’s suggested that you wear a mask when you are indoors in a situation where you have a level of dynamics of virus in the community that’s high,” Dr. Fauci explained.
- Another circumstance where people might want to mask up is if they’re a parent or have close contact with unvaccinated kids.
- When anchor Sara Eisen, who has two young children, asked if people in her position should wear a mask to prevent developing a breakthrough infection and then passing the virus on to her children, Dr. Fauci said it was definitely worth thinking about.