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Healthy Americans and residents in areas with healthy people are no longer required to wear face mask as CDC loosens pandemic guidelines

Nebraska – Since the start of the pandemic two years ago, mask and face coverings have been a real pain and struggle for some people claiming they don’t protect us from the virus and they negatively affect our health.

While they might be right at up to some point regarding the fact they directly affect our health if masks are worn for a longer period of time, face masks and face coverings are proven to work in lowering the spread of the virus especially surgical and KN-95 certified masks.

Mask guidance and mask mandates have been changing all the times in the last two years depending on the current pandemic situation and the numbers certain reported for extended period of time. With the Omicron in place, CDC issued mask guidance in December because of the high Covid-19 number of cases, but on Friday, they finally loosened some of the pandemic measures including the mask guidance.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined the new set of measures for communities where COVID-19 is easing its grip, with less of a focus on positive test results and more on what’s happening at hospitals. Most Americans live in places where healthy people, including students in schools, can safely take a break from wearing masks under new U.S. guidelines released Friday.

While announcing the latest guidelines, CDC showed a Covid-19 map and nearly 70% of the places shown on the map are considered to be a low or medium threat to hospitals meaning that people in these areas are encouraged to dump their face masks, at least for now.

However, CDC still highly encourages people to wear masks while indoors and in schools where people spend most of their times with other people and when most of the time social distance is not possible. Additionally, they mentioned that there are counties where the transmission is high.

The new recommendations do not change the requirement to wear masks on public transportation and indoors in airports, train stations and bus stations. The CDC guidelines for other indoor spaces aren’t binding, meaning cities and institutions even in areas of low risk may set their own rules. And the agency says people with COVID-19 symptoms or who test positive shouldn’t stop wearing masks.

The latest CDC recommendation stemmed from the fact that the general population now has better immunity from both vaccines and recovering from Covid-19. That by far lowers the chance of severe condition, hospitalizations or death if someone get reinfected.

“Anybody is certainly welcome to wear a mask at any time if they feel safer wearing a mask,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a news briefing. “We want to make sure our hospitals are OK and people are not coming in with severe disease. … Anyone can go to the CDC website, find out the volume of disease in their community and make that decision.”

Some states, including Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey, are at low to medium risk while others such as West Virginia, Kentucky, Florida and Arizona still have wide areas at high levels of concern.

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