In a major overhaul, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention softened its recommendations on masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 – after several states revoked their mandates in recent weeks – on Friday, February 25th.
It depends on the COVID-19 levels where you are.
Now it is no longer recommended to wear masks In public places indoors for most healthy people in the United States, the agency said in a statement, based on new indicators being considered to “help communities decide what prevention measures to take based on the latest data,” the agency said in a briefing.
According to the agency, as of Feb. 24, about 70% of the U.S. live in an area with low or medium levels of COVID-19. Those who are healthy in these areas are not recommended to disguise themselves in public indoors. .
It is based on a new tool that the CDC has introduced called “COVID-19 Community Level”, which shows transmission rates in counties and analyzes data on “used hospital beds, hospital admissions and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in the area”.
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Prior to the latest update on the mask guidelines, the CDC recommended that anyone aged 2 and older who is “unaware” of vaccinations be disguised indoors while in a public place. For those in “significant or high transmission” areas, the agency said “people can choose to wear a mask on the street if they are in constant close contact with other people”.
Earlier, Valensky hinted at changing the recommendations on masks during a briefing at the White House on February 16.
“We need to consider hospital capacity as an additional important barometer. Our hospitals should be able to take care of people with heart attacks and strokes, ”Valensky said. “Our emergency departments cannot be so overcrowded that patients with emergency problems have to stand in line.”