Screenshot taken on 7.27.21 of the CDC’s transmission map

With the Delta variant and low vaccination rates causing some states to see record-high Covid rates, it was almost inevitable that the CDC would reverse its May guidance that vaccinated individuals can remove their masks indoors. And today, the federal agency issued new guidance that says even those fully vaccinated should “wear a mask indoors in public” in areas “of substantial or high transmission.” While New York City’s infection rates and hospitalizations remain much lower than a lot of the country, we are not immune to Delta’s effect, and all NYC counties fall within the CDC’s high-risk zones.

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