In a sign that President Biden’s offhand remark that “the pandemic is over” may be closer to the truth than first thought, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that it’s dropping its universal masking guideline for healthcare workers. The move came after weeks of diminishing hospitalizations for COVID-19. The one caveat is that healthcare facilities should make their own determinations on masking based on conditions in their communities or proximity to immunocompromised patients. However, one important consideration may be growing concern that the United States is primed for a twindemic with the approaching flu season expected to be more severe than in recent years and many Americans putting off their final (for now) SARS-CoV-2 booster.
The CDC Says You Can Drop Masking Rules for Your Workers. The Question Is, Should You?