NEW YORK : Americans should be wearing a mask indoors whenever they’re outside their own home, the US CDC is recommending for the first time as Covid-19 surges across the country.
The recommendations place high priority on keeping schools open, saying schools should be both “the last settings to close” and “the first to reopen” because of the critical role they play in providing meals and support services to children.
Closures take a disproportionate toll on low-income families, the agency noted. Officials warned that eating at indoor restaurants was one of the “particularly high-risk scenarios”. The CDC urged communities to require face coverings on mass transit and to expand routine screening to identify asymptomatic individuals, who are responsible for about 50% of transmissions.