Is the CDC Loosening their Covid-19 Mask Guidance?

Is the CDC Loosening their Covid-19 Mask Guidance?

An update to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could update their guidance on masking as early as this week.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is taking another look at its priorities to keep people safe amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Last week, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky hinted that the agency could be reviewing and updating their mask guidance and shifting focus to hospitalizations as a result of Covid-19.

“We must consider hospital capacity as an additional important barometer,” Walensky said during a White House Covid-19 update. “We want to give people a break from things like mask-wearing when these metrics are better, and then have the ability to reach for them again should things worsen,” she said.

As the country moves towards a time when Covid-19 isn’t a crisis but rather a virus that we can protect against and treat, the agency is hoping to give Americans a break from their recommended guidance to were face coverings in indoor public spaces. Currently, the agency asks that all Americans, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask if they are in an area with a high viral transmission.

The move to loosen masking guidances comes as hospitalizations are down nearly 50 percent. Last week, the seven-day average from the Department of Health and Human Services showed that there were 85,000 patients in the hospital with Covid-19, down significantly from the 160,000 on Jan. 20.

“As we have fewer cases, people will become more comfortable with taking off their mask, but we will certainly want people to have the flexibility to wear one if they so choose,” Walensky said.

Those who have become infected with Covid-19 or suspect that they have come into contact with the virus should still plan on wearing their mask for 10 days following a negative test.

Download Center

  • Safety Metrics Guide

    Is your company leveraging its safety data and analytics to maintain a safe workplace? With so much data available, where do you start? This downloadable guide will give you insight on helpful key performance indicators (KPIs) you should track for your safety program.

  • Job Hazard Analysis Guide

    This guide includes details on how to conduct a thorough Job Hazard Analysis, and it's based directly on an OSHA publication for conducting JHAs. Learn how to identify potential hazards associated with each task of a job and set controls to mitigate hazard risks.

  • A Guide to Practicing “New Safety”

    Learn from safety professionals from around the world as they share their perspectives on various “new views” of safety, including Safety Differently, Safety-II, No Safety, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), Resilience Engineering, and more in this helpful guide.

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • EHS Software Buyer's Guide

    Learn the keys to staying organized, staying sharp, and staying one step ahead on all things safety. This buyer’s guide is designed for you to use in your search for the safety management solution that best suits your company’s needs.

  • Vector Solutions

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - June 2022

    June 2022

    Featuring:

    • SAFETY CULTURE
      Corporate Safety Culture Is Workplace Culture
    • HEAT STRESS
      Keeping Workers Safe from Heat-Related Illnesses & Injuries
    • EMPLOYEE HEALTH SCREENING
      Should Employers Consider Oral Fluid Drug Testing?
    • PPE FOR WOMEN
      Addressing Physical Differences
    View This Issue