Locals react to new CDC recommendations

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – With the Delta variant of the coronavirus causing a spike across the nation, the CDC updated its recommendations on Tuesday. The CDC now recommends both unvaccinated and vaccinated people wear masks indoors, especially in areas with large crowds where the Delta variant can be easily transmitted.

“I believe it’s important that we keep public safety in mind as we’re coming out with these new guidelines and I think it’s a great idea that it is recommended that we start wearing masks,” says Emily White. “It’s very important to stop the spread especially with the Delta variant getting worse every day.”

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The CDC says evidence is showing fully vaccinated people can still catch and transmit the Delta variant, though some vaccinated people have reported it was less severe.

“I really believe that masks are not a huge inconvenience for us and if it’s to keep other people safe, especially those who are vulnerable like our elderly populations, I think it’s really important,” says Addie Reinhard.

Some people say they aren’t upset about the latest update from the CDC because it is still a recommendation. Others in Kentucky though have protested recommendations like this in the past.

“It’s just a recommendation so it’s not mandatory yet, but if they do become mandatory it’s not that big of a deal because we’re all still pretty used to wearing masks still,” says Max Sonzonio.