Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
UPDATEGiven new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.
UPDATEThe White House announced that vaccines will be required for international travelers coming into the United States, with an effective date of November 8, 2021. For purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. More information is available here.
Updated July 12, 2021
CDC is reviewing this page to align with updated guidance.
When to wear a mask
- Wear a mask with the best fit, protection, and comfort for you.
- Wear a well-fitting mask or respirator when the COVID-19 Community Level is high.
- If you are sick and need to be around others, or are caring for someone who has COVID-19, wear a mask.
- If you are at high risk of getting very sick, wear a well-fitting mask or respirator when the COVID-19 Community Level is medium or high.