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CDC Re-Recommends Mask Wearing When Traveling

May 3, 2022 • 3:50 pm CDT
(Vax Before Travel)

The U.S. CDC today announced it recommends that everyone aged two and older – including passengers and workers – correctly wear a well-fitting mask or respirator over the nose and mouth in indoor areas of public transportation such as airplanes, trains, and transportation hubs such as airports and train stations.

'We also encourage public transportation and transportation hub operators to support mask-wearing by all people, including employees,' opined the CDC in its press release issued on May 3, 2022.

This CDC recommendation is not a 'requirement.'

The CDC's Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, commented that the '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.'

'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.'

'Additionally, wearing a mask in indoor public transportation settings will protect the individual and the community.'

This public health 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 COVID-19 Community Level trends within the U.S., and projections for the coming months.

Face-mask research is posted at

Note: The CDC announcement was manually edited for clarity and curated for mobile readers.