The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidelines on Monday calling for all passengers and workers on trains, buses and other public transportation, as well as planes, to wear masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The CDC explained in the guidance that travel on public transportation increases the risk of spreading COVID-19, especially in cases in which passengers or employees cannot practice social distancing.
“Given how interconnected most transportation systems are across the nation and the world, local transmission can grow quickly into interstate and international transmission when infected persons travel on public conveyances without wearing a mask and with others who are not wearing masks,” the CDC’s guidance reads.
The recommendations follow pressure from airline industry leaders, as well as widespread agreement on the effectiveness of masks and face coverings in blocking the spread of COVID-19, The Washington Post noted.
The Monday recommendation came