CDC urges Americans to wear masks indoors when not at home


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending universal mask wearing at all times when outside one's home in indoor settings.

The CDC also recommended wearing a mask at all times outside of one's home.

The guidance also recommends wearing a mask in your own home indoors if someone living with you tested positive for coronavirus or has been potentially exposed, according to a CBS story.

This comes amid a surge in COVID-19 cases - more than 14 million cases in the United States and more than 270,000 deaths, according to the latest CDC figures. Numerous states are going back into lockdown amid a looming increase in cases and hospitalizations.

Locally in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a new regional stay at home orders based on ICU bed levels for five regions in the state.

In the past, the CDC has recommended wearing a mask around those not in your household out of doors and in certain public shared spaces.

"The new guidance lists "universal wearing of face masks" as the first recommendation to help stop the spread of the disease. It says masks should be worn for all indoor activity outside of an individual's home, as well as during all outdoor activity when at least 6 feet of social distancing can't be maintained," according to a CBS story.

On Friday, according to a Politico story, “The guidance, included in a new report, advised state and local officials to impose mask mandates for indoor settings as part of broader mitigation efforts to control the spread of the virus.

President-elect Joe Biden has said he will ask Americans to wear a mask every day for 100 days as one of his first acts as president.

Most recently, the CDC updated its quarantining guidance.The CDC reduced the minimum time from 14 days to 10 days without symptoms and seven days with no symptoms and a negative test, according to a CBS story.

Last month during Thanksgiving health officials urged Americans not to travel for the holiday and to stick to gatherings within their own households. That did not happen as news reports showed airlines had an uptick of travel during the holiday long weekend.

In October, the CDC revised what counted as close contact with someone else who has COVID-19. “The CDC changed it to a total of 15 minutes or more — so shorter but repeated contacts that add up to 15 minutes over a 24-hour period now count.

The CDC advises anyone who has been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient to quarantine for two weeks,” an earlier Associated Press story reported.

In the same month, the CDC had to revise a previous website copy and stated that COVID-19 is in-fact airborne, and can spread and stay in the air for minutes and even hours.

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