What You Need To Know About The Delta Variant And New CDC Mask Guidance : Short Wave On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its guidance on wearing masks. Short Wave co-host Maddie Sofia and NPR health correspondent Allison Aubrey explain what's changed and why. Plus, the latest on the Delta variant, a highly transmissible strain of the coronavirus.

Want to see how widespread COVID-19 is in your local community? Check out this data tracker from NPR.

Breaking Down The New CDC Mask Guidance

Breaking Down The New CDC Mask Guidance

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Students wearing masks listen to teacher Dorene Scala during third grade summer school at Hooper Avenue School in Los Angeles, California. Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Students wearing masks listen to teacher Dorene Scala during third grade summer school at Hooper Avenue School in Los Angeles, California.

Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its guidance on wearing masks. Short Wave co-host Maddie Sofia and NPR health correspondent Allison Aubrey explain what's changed and why. Plus, the latest on the Delta variant, a highly transmissible strain of the coronavirus.

Want to see how widespread COVID-19 is in your local community? Check out this data tracker from NPR.

This episode was produced by Brit Hanson, edited by Gisele Grayson and fact-checked by Indi Khera.