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CDC drops universal masking recommendation for healthcare workers


Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), quietly discontinued its universal masking recommendation for healthcare workers.

According to the federal health agency, which updated its guidance September 23, the changes were made “to reflect the high levels of vaccine-and infection-induced immunity and the availability of effective treatments and prevention tools.” The guidance emphasizes that it is applicable to United States healthcare settings before clarifying that areas without high transmission levels of the Chinese coronavirus “could choose not to require universal source control.”

The updated guidance is:

People might choose to keep using source control because they prefer it. This is based on their perception of infection risk based upon their past activities, such as attending indoor gatherings with poor ventilation and the potential for contracting severe diseases. For example, if an individual or someone in their household is at increased risk for severe disease, You should think about wearing respirators, or masks, that offer greater protection. They are more breathable and can be adjusted to reduce exposure.

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