Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that they may start easing guidance for indoor mask mandates as soon as next week.
Currently, the CDC is evaluating a new benchmark regarding whether or not masks are necessary, based upon how severe COVID and corresponding hospitalizations may be in a specific community, as reported by two anonymous sources to NBC News network.
The Biden administration has been eagerly awaiting additional guidance from the CDC with regards to indoor mask recommendations, though the White House is allegedly keen to not pressure the agency, per the deliberately unnamed sources.
Neither the CDC nor the Biden administration were available for comment, per NBC.
At this juncture in time, it seems reasonable to start easing indoor mask mandates, as new cases associated with the omicron variant of COVID have dramatically declined in all fifty states, with the exception of Maine. Barring Maine, COVID hospitalization rates have been declining everywhere else.
As a result of declining COVID cases, numerous Democrat-heavy states, including New York, have lifted their mask mandates for private enterprises over the past several weeks. Even California, which has long had some of the strictest measures, has indicated that it will begin terminating indoor mask requirements, albeit for vaccinated individuals only.
Numerous large corporations, including Amazon and Walmart, have also begun easing mask mandates for employees that have been fully vaccinated.
According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s official medical advisor, the CDC will continuously modify its recommendations as case counts continue to decrease.
For now, Fauci ostensibly approves of various states adjusting their mask rules, claiming that such modifications are “entirely understandable.”
“At the local level, there is a strong feeling of need to get back to normality,” Fauci informed MSNBC.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has also noted that mask policies should be determined at a local level, which can depend upon various factors, including hospitalization or vaccination rates.
Walensky also observed that the nation is moving towards “a new normal” as it leaves the coronavirus pandemic behind.