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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reiterated their recommendation that Americans 2 years of age and older wear masks or respirators in internal public transport areas and transport hubs.
In a statement, the agency also encouraged employees and hub operators to support the use of the face mask by all people.
“CDC continues to recommend that all people, passengers and workers alike, properly wear a suitable mask or respirator in internal public transportation and transportation hubs to provide protection for themselves and other travelers in these high-pressure environments. volume of mixed population.We now have a range of tools we need to protect ourselves from impact COVID-19including access to high-quality masks and respirators for all who need them, “said the Director of the CDC Dr Rochelle Walensky said in a statements.
“Furthermore, it is important for all of us to protect not only ourselves, but also to be respectful of others at greater risk of serious COVID-19 and those who are not yet able to be. vaccinated. Wearing a mask in indoor public transport will provide protection for the individual and the community, “she said.
The CDC said its recommendation is based on “currently available data, including understanding national and global epidemiology, circulating variants and their impact on disease severity and vaccine efficacy, current trends in community levels. COVID-19 in the United States and COVID-19 Trends Projections in the Coming Months “.
While cases of COVID-19 in the United States have declined substantially since last winter’s rise in the highly transmissible variant of omicron, one they have recently rebounded in major US cities.
New York recently raised its COVID-19 alert level at “medium” and the state health department – citing data from April 29 – said the number of new cases accumulated per 100,000 people in the city over the past seven days has risen to 209. 02
In the United States, the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center said there have been 61,743 cases and 745 new deaths in the last day.
Last month, a court ruling canceled a national mandate to mask public transport.
The Department of Justice appealed the ruling at the request of the CDC.
The status of the appeal is unclear.
The CDC says wearing a well-fitting mask or respirator protects not only the wearer but the people around them and is most beneficial in crowded or poorly ventilated places.