With rising CV-19 rates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to recommend that even fully vaccinated people should wear masks again.
“Federal health officials still believe fully vaccinated individuals represent a very small amount of transmission, according to the sources. Still, some vaccinated people could be carrying higher levels of the virus than previously understood and potentially transmit the virus to others,” as noted by CNBC.
All ahead of the fall season, when the delta variant is expected to cause a surge in cases – part of the reason the stock market is falling apart today.
Worse, according to CNBC, “With new mutations discovered every few weeks, many scientists now predict that Covid will continue circulating around the world for at least the next two to three years, requiring nations to reinstitute public health measures on an ad hoc basis for the foreseeable future. Authorities in Australia, South Africa and Asia have recently reintroduced curfews or other measures to curb rising delta outbreaks.”
One of the top stocks already moving on mask news is Alpha Pro Tech (APT), which is up about 11% today. The last time masks were recommended, shares of APT exploded from about $3.50 to a high of $41.59. Vaccine stocks like Pfizer (PFE) are also pushing higher on the news.
Even CV-19 testing stocks are pushing higher on the news. At the moment, Quest Diagnostics (DGX) is up about $1.40. Abbott Laboratories (ABT) is up $1.50. Plus, should the virus get worse – and we see another round of lockdowns, investors may want to look at stocks, such as Zoom Video Communications (ZM) and Teladoc Health (TDOC).