MARCH 04, 2022
In a new guideline from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Thursday, most people living in the U.S. no longer need to wear a face mask when they go into public places.
The updated recommendation stipulates that only people living in areas with severe COVID-19 infections or hospitalization are recommended to continue wearing face masks.
According to the guidelines, ninety percent of the U.S. population is free to go without the masks in most cases.
However, masks are still federally mandated on public transportation.
Americans who live in areas with high COVID-19 levels must wear a mask indoors, stay up-to-date on their vaccinations, and get tested regularly, according to the guidelines from the CDC.
According to the CDC, while the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing, the number of new cases from the omicron variant has decreased dramatically.
President Biden hinted at the new guidelines during his State of the Union address this week when he stated that most Americans would soon be free of the mask mandates.
“With 75% of adult Americans fully vaccinated and hospitalizations down by 77%, most Americans can remove their masks, return to work, stay in the classroom, and move forward safely,” the president said.