☷CDC Recommendation for Masks and Travel
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( By Press Release office)
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Media StatementFor Immediate Release: Tuesday , May 3 , 2022Contact: Media Relations ( 404 ) 639 - 3286At this time , CDC recommends that everyone aged 2 and older – including passengers and workers – properly wear a well - fitting mask or respirator over the nose and mouth in indoor areas of public transportation ( such as airplanes , trains , etc . ) and transportation hubs ( such as airports , stations , etc . ) . When people properly wear a well - fitting mask or respirator , they protect themselves and those around them , and help keep travel and public transportation safer for everyone . Wearing a well - fitting mask or respirator is most beneficial in crowded or poorly ventilated locations , such as airport jetways . We also encourage operators of public transportation and transportation hubs to support mask wearing by all people , including employees . 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 trends in COVID - 19 Community Levels within the United States , and projections of COVID - 19 trends in the coming months . Along with staying up to date with COVID - 19 vaccines , avoiding crowds , wearing a well - fitting mask or respirator is one of multiple prevention steps that people can take to protect themselves and others in travel and transportation settings . For more information about safer travel during the pandemic , see Domestic Travel During COVID - 19 | CDC and International Travel | CDC . The following can be attributed to CDC Director Rochelle P . Walensky , MD , MPH: 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 to provide protection for themselves and other travelers in these high volume , mixed population settings . 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 , it is important for all of us to protect not only ourselves , but also to be considerate of others at increased risk for severe COVID - 19 and those who are not yet able to be vaccinated . Wearing a mask in indoor public transportation settings will provide protection for the individual and the community .
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