CDC to Loosen COVID-19 Mask Guidelines as Soon as Friday

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will soon loosen its mask guidelines, and could do so as soon as Friday (25FEB), reports the Washington Post. The CDC will base its decision to ease the measure by looking at metrics such as hospital capacity and hospital admissions related to the virus instead of simply looking at case counts, according to two senior administration officials and those familiar with the CDC’s plans. The change comes after numerous states announce plans to lift mask mandates as Omicron case counts drop. A CDC spokeswoman declined to say when the CDC would announce its updated guidance.

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