Mask sales rise amid delta variant spread

Sales of masks have risen 24 percent after months of decline as the delta variant continues to spread across the U.S., The Hill reported. 

Citing data from the Adobe Digital Economy Index, The Hill reported that mask sales rose 24 percent July 21-27 compared to the week before. It's the first time the mask sales have increased since May. 

Mask sales went from more than $101 million at the beginning of April to more than $37 million at the beginning of July, according to NielsenIQ data cited by The Hill. 

The CDC has advised that vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear a mask indoors as the delta variant spreads, and some states are reimplementing indoor mask mandates. 

The CDC said July 29 that the delta variant appears to be as contagious as chickenpox and may cause more severe illness than earlier strains. It also may spread as easily from vaccinated people as unvaccinated, part of the reason the agency said it tightened its mask guidance. 

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