Headline RoundupFebruary 26th, 2022

CDC Eases Mask Guidance For Most US Counties

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that they will no longer recommend masking indoors for most counties across the U.S.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the guidance was changed to "give people a break from mask-wearing" now that the overall risk of severe disease from COVID-19 is now generally lower. Under the new guidelines, which include public schools, counties are classified as low (green), medium (yellow) or high (orange) risk based on the rate of new COVID-19 cases and hospital capacity. Areas with more than 200 new cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days will be categorized in the high-risk level. CDC officials said about 23% of U.S. counties currently have low levels of COVID-19 cases, 39.6% have medium levels and 37.3% have high levels. More than 35 states already dropped their mask requirements, according to the National Academy for State Health Policy.

The new CDC guidelines were prominently covered across the spectrum. Left-rated outlets were more likely to emphasize the CDC continues to urge people to "get vaccinated and boosted, and get tested if they have symptoms." Some right-rated outlets highlighted the criticism that the CDC has faced in recent weeks for "an apparent lag in updated masking guidance." 

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