CDC may update indoor mask guidance as states loosen restrictions


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated it may quickly loosen its COVID mask guidance, as a rising variety of states have already dropped indoor mask mandates for companies. 

“We want to give people a break from things like mask-wearing when these metrics are better, and then have the ability to reach for them again should things worsen,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky stated Wednesday. 

For now, the CDC’s suggestions stay unchanged: Regardless of vaccination standing, everybody ought to put on a mask in indoor public areas in areas with excessive transmission. As of Wednesday, that is greater than 96% of U.S. counties, in keeping with the CDC. 

But some aren’t ready for the CDC. In the final two weeks, 11 states and Washington, D.C., have rolled again their mask mandates. 

This comes as the controversy over masking in faculties continues to simmer. More than half of the nation’s high 500 districts require masks and greater than 40% don’t. 

In Pennsylvania, the choice to mandate masks rests with native districts. At Conestoga High School exterior Philadelphia, tensions have reached a boiling level. Dozens of scholars who consider masks must be elective staged a walkout on Friday. 

Sophomore Ben Shapiro, who works on the faculty newspaper, instructed CBS News that there is “just a lot of, like, hatred coming from both sides directed at each other.” 

The district says the controversy then spilled onto social media, resulting in tons of of on-line feedback, then potential threats. The district determined to shut the college Monday and transfer instruction on-line. 

“Every period, it’s sort of just wondering, is something else going to happen or is there going to be another walkout?” Shapiro stated. 

As a precaution, there’s elevated police presence on the highschool’s campus this week. The faculty district stated in an announcement that it has been exploring methods to maneuver away from necessary masking since January. 

Mola Lenghi

Mola Lenghi is a correspondent for CBS News primarily based in New York City.