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:
“Updates were made to reflect the high levels of vaccine-and infection-induced immunity…”. Infection-induced. Wasn’t that “misinformation” like a year ago?
— EL me (@elfkin114) September 27, 2022
— Grog18b (@grog18b) September 27, 2022
Welcome to Florida rest of the country.
— TheFriendlyGhost (@xfriendlyghost) September 27, 2022
The Left is wrong about everything. Sucks to be an NPC.
— Mario (@NerfFries) September 27, 2022
Another midterm miracle!
— Dustin 🇺🇸 (@Deplorablemoo) September 27, 2022
Just in time for the midterms
— Von Hook (@VonHook4) September 27, 2022
One more step closer to Trump’s prediction that Covid will eventually disappear.
— Patrick Hays (@patrickhays2) September 27, 2022
Oh, and the “follow the science” people are mad that the science is no longer trending in their preferred direction. Some are even saying they will mask up despite the change in recommendations, which is something that has always been allowed. Refusing to wear masks, however, has not.
Don’t care. Will do it anyway. For flu if not anything else.
— Grover.Five (@FiveGrover) September 27, 2022
Literally the only fucking place i care to wear a mask in
— Shock+⚡️🌈🇺🇸🇳🇱 (@ShockaZulu_1) September 27, 2022
Don’t care. Still gonna mask up. 😷
— 🌴🌹𝓣𝓪𝓫𝓲𝓽𝓱𝓪 😺🥀 (@vintage_tabitha) September 27, 2022
Where, in this painfully poorly written document, is the language pointing to mask recommendations in the medical setting? I’m not finding it.
— ₿ Tom Coss, (EconRN) (@sovereign_guy) September 28, 2022
CDC is a mad organization pic.twitter.com/Ue86ZXxxqv
— 🇺🇳AdamQureshi😎⭐️ (@realadamqureshi) September 27, 2022
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