September 30, 2022

CDC: No More Masks for Healthcare Workers

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By Ophelia Garrett

In Brief: 

Late last Friday, the Center For Disease Control (CDC) quietly updated their guidelines and recommendations for masking for healthcare workers and facilities. This marks a major departure from previous guidelines and recommendations.

The Background: 

After over two and a half years of strict requirements for healthcare workers to continuously mask, the CDC has quietly changed their current recommendations. But their new rules apply only to those in areas of “lower transmission” where the rates have fallen significantly.

The CDC website now states, “Updates were made to reflect the high levels of vaccine-and infection-induced immunity and the availability of effective treatments and prevention tools,” per the new guidance.

While there is great rejoicing from healthcare workers nationwide, not everyone agrees with this freedom.

Jerome Adams, former  surgeon general under Trump, tweeted:

“This nuanced have your cake and eat it too approach hasn’t worked A SINGLE TIME throughout the pandemic. People hear ‘no more masks!’ ” 

Notable Quotes: 

“Facilities can now choose not to require.” –CDC website

What do you think?