CDC restated mask recommendation in public transportation environment in the U.S.

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The Centers for Disease Control restated mask recommendation on planes, trains and other forms of public transportation in the U.S. “CDC continues to recommend that all people—passengers and workers, alike—properly wear a well-fitting mask or respirator in indoor public transportation conveyances and transportation hubs to provide protection for themselves and other travelers in these high volume, mixed population settings. We now have a range of tools we need to protect ourselves from the impact of COVID-19, including access to high-quality masks and respirators for all who need them,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky wrote in a statement. The recommendation is based on the “currently available data, including an understanding of domestic and global epidemiology, circulating variants and their impact on disease severity and vaccine effectiveness, current trends in COVID-19 Community Levels within the United States and projections of COVID-19 trends in the coming months.”

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A poll also revealed many Americans were largely supportive of mask requirements. New York City recently raised its COVID-19 alert level to “medium.” San Francisco and Santa Cruz counties reported the highest rates of coronavirus infections in California so far this week. Experts stress that COVID is still, and may always be, no ordinary flu.