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US will get away with Face Masks ?

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This week is bound to see the US CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) easing its guidelines regarding indoor masking.

CDC is looking forward to setting up new benchmarks regarding whether there is a need of masks, on the basis of severe ailments and hospitalizations amongst the population. The White House has been eagerly waiting for the CDC to release the guidelines.

As per NBC News, Omicron variant has been showing a decline in every state of the US except Maine. This has, in turn, resulted in reduction in the number of hospitalizations.

The Latest Updates

New York, along with numerous other states that Democratic governors are leading, have already lifted the mask mandates for the private sectors since the last few weeks. California is on the verge of ending the requirements for indoor masks for those who are vaccinated. The announcement will come on Wednesday. Various bigwigs like Amazon and Walmart have relaxed the mask rules for the employees who are vaccinated.

As per Dr. Anthony Fauci, CDC will keep on modifying the recommendations as the number of cases drop day after day. He supported his statement with the fact that people want to revert to normalcy at the earliest.

What does the CDC recommend?

CDC, as of now, does recommend universal indoor masking in the regions having high or substantial transmission, which is determined by test positivity rate and cases per 100,000 people. CDC’s data mentions that most of the counties in the US fall in this category.

The US, on an average, is witnessing over 151,000 novel Covid-19 cases per day. This a drop by 44% as compared to the last week. Also, those hospitalized have come down by 23%. The figure stands at 83K at present. Fatalities are close to 23K per day, but its 10% less as compared to the last week.

At this rate, the day won’t be far when 100% mitigations would be in place. The CDC says – why wait till then when people can get rid of the mandates now?

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of CDC, has opined that though Americans are almost there, but a bit is left.

Americans are ready to forgo masks. Many organizations are already simplifying the requirements of indoor masking in spite of the ongoing recommendations of the CDC. Dr. Anthony Fauci is proactively involved in the proceedings of CDC.

NIAID conducts and supports research related to SARS CoV-2 and Covid-19. The relentless efforts being put in are bound to go a long way in eradicating Covid-19.

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci has been conferred upon the Dan David Prize for his exceptional services to the public health. He holds the distinction of advising 7 Presidents on AIDS/HIV and several other issues pertaining to domestic as well as global health. Nevertheless, he was amongst the principal architects of PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief). This program has managed to save hoards of lives all through the developing world.

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