Should I wear a mask if I am fully vaccinated? –

Are you vaccinated and wondering whether you should continue to wear your mask out in public or not?

You are not alone.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its mask-wearing guidance on Tuesday to suggest that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas with “high” or “substantial” transmission of COVID-19.

In other words, if you are fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends that you wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area where COVID-19 is likely to spread, as well as in schools, hospitals, correctional facilities and on public transit.

This includes nearly two-thirds of all counties in the U.S, including several in New Jersey.

The reason the CDC updated its mask-wearing guidance is because of the ongoing threat of the Delta variant.

“In recent days I have seen new scientific data from recent outbreak investigations showing that the Delta variant behaves uniquely differently from past strains of the virus that cause COVID-19,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a media briefing on Tuesday.

CNN reported it was a combination between low vaccine uptake and prevalence of the Delta variant across the U.S. that led the CDC to advise vaccinated people to mask up indoors again.

Meanwhile, the guidance for unvaccinated people remains unchanged: wear a mask everywhere in public until fully vaccinated.

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