Teachers and students should wear masks inside classrooms, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or not, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday in a backtrack that comes just three weeks after the government’s top public health officials said it was safe for those vaccinated to be maskless inside schools. The updated guidance reflects the rapid increase in infections, transmission and hospitalizations stemming from the spread of the delta variant, including among vaccinated individuals, and comes as the vast majority of schools across the country prepare to welcome students back for in-person learning, full time, five days a week – some for the first time in over a year. “CDC recommends that everyone in K to 12 schools wear a mask indoors, including teachers, staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on a press call Tuesday, during which she also recommended that vaccinated people who live in areas with moderate to high transmission rates wear masks in indoor public spaces to help prevent the spread of the new COVID-19 strain. 
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