To wear a mask or not, is the question as the number of COVID-19 cases around the state continues to spike. Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. John O’Horo says the reason masking recommendations are changing is that the situation itself has changed:
“What’s emerged in the past few weeks is some evidence that those who are vaccinated still have the potential to transmit COVID-19, even if they aren’t demonstrating symptoms of it themselves. Because of that, in areas of high transmission, the CDC is recommending that people wear masks, even if they are vaccinated to help try to slow down this delta variant surge.”
O’Horo says the landscape is changing partly because vaccination rates didn’t reach the level that we had hoped for to avoid having a second surge and partly because the delta variant is just that much more transmissible.