Here We Go Again: CDC Says Masks Aren’t Needed For Most Americans

Posted February 25, 2022 by with 4 comments

Yeah, remember what happened the last time they told people to ditch masks in June of last year? Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll be wearing a mask in public for at least the next two months. If numbers continue to go down and COVID hasn’t had a resurgence by May, then I’ll feel OK about going maskless. Via NPR:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday it is relaxing its mask guidance for communities where hospitals aren’t under high strain. Under the new guidance, nearly 70% of the U.S. population lives in an area considered to be low or medium risk, and residents there are advised they can go indoors without masks.

The CDC recommends continued mask use in communities where serious cases of COVID-19 are straining the health system.

The move to ease up on masking, federal officials say, reflects current conditions at this phase of the coronavirus pandemic, including widespread immunity through vaccination and prior infection as well as better access to testing and treatments.

“We want to give people a break from things like mask-wearing,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky at a news briefing Friday. But, she added, new risk guidelines that the agency is implementing will help people know when to reach for masks again if conditions warrant it.

[NPR: CDC says Americans can now go unmasked in many parts of the country]