- The CDC now advises vaccinated Americans to wear masks inside in public areas.
- The United States are likely to develop into a mix of mainly regional rules with federal directives interspersed.
- Mask sales have increased in recent weeks as Americans become concerned about the growing number of cases of the delta variant of the coronavirus.
- Since the CDC release, Google reports that searches for the keyword “masks” have doubled.
- Distributors should maintain a healthy supply of face masks (and gloves) on hand.
Large outbreaks are occurring around the world due to virus variations, from Japan and Australia to Indonesia and South Africa. Leading nations to reimpose harsh social activity restrictions. The coronavirus is far from being eradicated, and those who have not been vaccinated continue to have a higher risk.
The mask situation in the US
The CDC now advises vaccinated Americans to wear masks inside in public areas. Teachers, employees, students, and visitors should all wear masks in K-12 schools, according to the agency. In August, experts expect another coronavirus outbreak. Therefore, wars over masks (and vaccines) will undoubtedly continue for some time.
Los Angeles County authorities declared in July that masks will once again be mandatory in indoor public venues. Although it was a setback, case rates have been rising at an alarming rate, and millions of citizens remain unvaccinated. Then there’s Texas, where Gov. Greg Abbott repeated last week that students would not be required to wear masks when they return to school, and visitors will not be required to wear masks in Las Vegas. The United States are likely to develop into a mix of mainly regional rules with federal directives interspersed.
Schools around the country are about to reopen, with children returning to class for the first time in over 18 months. While urging for complete return of in-person learning, the American Academy of Pediatrics also published updated COVID-19 recommendations for schools returning this September. Even if they have been vaccinated against the virus, the organisation of 67,000 pediatricians recommends that everyone over the age of two use face masks.
Fun fact, some major companies such as Walmart, Walt Disney, Google, Facebook, Uber, Twitter, The Washington Post and Lyft, are taking an extra step by mandating vaccines for employees.
Masks on the rise
According to data sources, mask sales have increased in recent weeks as Americans become concerned about the growing number of cases of the delta variant of the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised their position on certain masking rules. Advising that even vaccinated individuals return to wearing masks indoors in regions of the United States where infections are increasing, according to retail experts.
According to the Adobe Digital Economy Index, mask sales increased by 24% for the week ending July 23rd, reversing weekly losses since May. Since the CDC release, Google reports that searches for the keyword “masks” have doubled.
The situation contrasts with the previous two months, when masks were significantly reduced and placed to the side on the sales floor following the CDC’s decision to modify mask recommendations in May. Even before that, data from NielsenIQ reveals that mask sales have been steadily declining weekly since early April, falling from $101 million to around $37 million in the week ending July 3.
Impact on distributors
Distributors should maintain a healthy supply of face masks (and gloves) on hand. PPE will continue to be required by local school systems, particularly day care centers. Gloves will be required daily by employees such as custodians, cafeteria staff, security guards, mechanics, and even bus drivers. Cleaning methods will be continued, and face masks should be kept in the inventory of PPE distributors for the foreseeable future.
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