Los Angeles County well being officers on Monday stated they’re recommending everybody put on a masks in indoor public locations – no matter whether or not they’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19 — as a result of speedy unfold of the extremely contagious Delta variant.
The suggestion, which officers described as a precautionary measure, comes after the Delta variant comprised “nearly half of all variants” sequenced within the county throughout the week ending June 12, in line with a launch by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
“Until we better understand how and to who the Delta variant is spreading, everyone should focus on maximum protection with minimum interruption to routine as all businesses operate without other restrictions, like physical distancing and capacity limits,” the assertion learn.
Wendy Ibarra prepares to obtain her second COVID-19 vaccination dose at a vaccination clinic in South Los Angeles on June 25, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) famous the Delta variant is now chargeable for roughly one in each 5 new COVID-19 circumstances throughout the U.S.– a leap from one in each 10 every week in the past.
The suggestion comes weeks after the CDC stated vaccinated folks can go most locations with out masks. Fully vaccinated people had been nonetheless suggested to put on masks whereas in crowded indoor settings comparable to whereas on public transportation and in hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters.
“While COVID-19 vaccine provides very effective protection preventing hospitalizations and deaths against the Delta variant, the strain is proving to be more transmissible and is expected to become more prevalent,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer stated in a press release. “Mask wearing remains an effective tool for reducing transmission, especially indoors where the virus may be easily spread through inhalation of aerosols emitted by an infected person.”
Health officers famous that absolutely vaccinated folks seem like properly protected against the Delta variant. People who obtained one vaccine dose of both Pfizer or Moderna are usually not as well-protected, they added.
The U.S. has a better vaccination charge than many international locations fighting the variant, and every day an infection charges have fallen sharply within the U.S. in the previous few months as extra Americans have gotten the vaccine.
Last week, about 60.5% of Californians have now obtained at the very least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, studies stated. As of Monday, greater than 153 million people are at the moment absolutely vaccinated within the U.S,” in line with the CDC.
There is not any “widespread scientific consensus” as to whether the highly contagious Delta variant causes more serious illness than other strains,” in line with the Los Angeles Times.
Fox News‘ Brie Stimson contributed to this report