CDC Eases Mask Guidelines, Reflecting Covid-19’s Retreat – The Wall Street Journal

CDC Eases Mask Guidelines, Reflecting Covid-19’s Retreat – The Wall Street Journal

Federal officials eased their guidelines on Covid-19 masking, including at schools, in a shift that reflects decreased risks from the Omicron variant, a steep drop in cases and mitigation efforts nationwide.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday changed the metrics it uses to assess Covid-19 risk by county across the U.S. Risk will now be assessed based on three factors, the CDC said: new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days; new Covid-19-related hospital admissions; and the percentage of hospital beds occupied by Covid-19 patients.

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