The Centers for Disease Control, which was perfectly capable of being vocal about their guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, has updated their masking requirements for healthcare facilities on the down low.
On Friday, the agency overhauled its coronavirus prevention and control recommendations and departed from its universal masking stance. They kicked off their change by crediting immunity caused by the vaccine or having had the virus “and the availability of effective treatments and prevention tools.”
Tucked among a series of recommendations is the gem that people have been waiting for since the coronavirus nightmare began: “When SARS-CoV-2 Community Transmission levels are not high, healthcare facilities could choose not to require universal source control.” This means facilities can now choose not to require mandatory masks if the risk of transmitting or receiving COVID is low in their area. This doesn’t just go for visitors and patients, but for healthcare providers as well. As always, those who want to wear the mask are more than welcome to do so. Areas with high transmission rates are advised to maintain universal making requirements.
It would appear that the CDC is finally following the science and recognizing the protection provided by the immune system not only by the vaccine but by beating the infection as well. Herd immunity was a concept that nobody wanted to talk about until recently unless you wanted a social media mob to accuse you of intentionally getting their grandmothers sick.
The updated guidance scored several eye-rolls from Twitter: more