The debate over face masks is a long way from resolved.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks. The World Health Organization says even the fully vaccinated should continue to wear them as a precaution against the highly infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus.
For the foreseeable future, masks will at the very least be “recommended” for many retail stores, restaurants, and other indoor public spaces, and required for air, train, and bus travel.
Safety tip: Don’t unload those masks
Our best advice to distributors? Keep face masks on hand as part of your regular inventory. There will in all likelihood continue to be a market for them.
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These single-use masks are 3-ply, for better filtration of up to 3 microns. Their elasticity gives them enhanced comfort, while the ear loop design allows you to don and remove the mask easily.
Delta is preventing an all-clear signal
Hate them or tolerate them, face masks are not going away. With the Delta variant spreading across the United States and an increasing number of states dropping mask mandates, experts warn that even those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may be at risk.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and President Biden’s chief medical adviser, said recently that even fully vaccinated people should wear masks in areas with low vaccination rates.
It’s a complicated issue, inflamed by people’s passionate opinions for or against vaccinations. And it gets even more passionate when the question of schools comes up, a topic we will visit in coming weeks.
Next week: Face masks are likely to stick around in the fall, and beyond.