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CDC loosens guidelines, healthy Americans can drop mask wearing

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Is it too good to be true? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday announced a change to the metrics it will use to determine whether to recommend face coverings. The new guide would be shifting away from looking at COVID-19 case counts “to a more holistic view of risk from the coronavirus to a community” reports the Associated Press. Currently, masks are recommended for 95 percent of U.S. counties.

The guidance has been based on caseloads, which were designated as areas of “substantial or high transmission” by the CDC. “Most Americans live in places where healthy people, including students in schools, can safely take a break from wearing masks under new U.S. guidelines released Friday” reports the AP.

The new set of measures focus less on positive test results and more on what’s happening at hospitals. “The new system greatly changes the look of the CDC’s risk map and puts more than 70% of the U.S. population in counties where the coronavirus is posing a low or medium threat to hospitals. Those are the people who can stop wearing masks,” the agency said.

The CDC still advises people and schoolchildren to wear masks “where the risk of COVID-19 is high” which is about 37% of U.S. counties, where about 28% of Americans live.

What is not included in the change are requirements to wear masks on public transportation and indoors in airports, train stations and bus stations. Additionally, “the CDC guidelines for other indoor spaces aren’t binding, meaning cities and institutions even in areas of low risk may set their own rules.”

The agency also says that anyone experiencing symptoms and/or who test positive should not stop wearing masks. “Anybody is certainly welcome to wear a mask at any time if they feel safer wearing a mask,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a news briefing. “We want to make sure our hospitals are OK and people are not coming in with severe disease. … Anyone can go to the CDC website, find out the volume of disease in their community and make that decision.”

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  1. Grant Fisk

    February 26, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    Only temporarily. The Mandates will be reimposed after the SOTU! This pause is only to allow the Members of Congress that are ALLOWED to attend the Speech to do so maskless without repercussions!

  2. Yvette

    February 26, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    Next —- We NEED to get the masks off in airports and airplanes. This is torture for any flight over four hours!!!

  3. Joshua Vandever

    February 26, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Screw the CDC and their guidelines. Bunch of crooks and a den of vipers. This is America and I won’t be held hostage or treated like a slave, and neither should anyone else. CDC can stuff those masks and mandates where the sun don’t shine. Choke on it.
    CDC history is bleak and so is the present. Remember Tuskegee.

  4. IMJustice

    February 27, 2022 at 5:19 am

    It’s all a lie and smokescreen by the CDC …

    Tell me, what are they going to do, when the vaccinated and boostered start filling up institutions everywhere? And this is already snowballing globally …

    Yep … Here comes the mandates again … And that’s because, in this end-of-times war, they will NEVER want vaccines, boosters, or wearing slave masks to end … Never …

  5. David Emery

    February 27, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Follow the science, the real science not the crap put out by the WHO and the CDC. Here are a few real scientific facts.

    The sars covid-19 virus has a diameter of 0.1 microns. For the scientifically minded that’s 3.937e-6. For those who never took physics that is one twenty five thousands of an inch.

    Cloth masks have holes for air to come through that are between five hundred and two thousand times the diameter of the virus. The scale of this is the equivalent of a tiny gnat or mosquito flying through an average size open window in your house.

    The virus is airborne, it makes no difference if a mask can stop sputum or droplets when an infected person coughs as enough airborne viruses will always get through to infect others.

    Even the highly touted N95 masks are useless. They can only trap particles as small as 3 microns which is 30 times smaller than the covid virus. No face mask in the world can stop a virus.

    Distancing is utterly useless. Airborne viruses can float for hundreds of yards, six feet between people is a complete joke.

    Finally, none of the companies who produce the messenger nucleic acid (mRNA) so-called vaccines have ever claimed that their products will

    1, stop anyone from catching the virus and 2, that their products would stop those infected from spreading the virus to others.

    Their sole claim is that people who have been injected with their experimental formulations will not become quite as ill if they are infected.

    Before attacking me, please do your own research and for heaven’s sake not on Google if you want to find the truth. There is massive misinformation on the internet, especially from Google, Facebook and Twitter. You have been purposely lied to. This has all been part of the WEF’s Great Reset plan.

  6. Jake Dubay

    February 27, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Except in Hawaii and on planes.

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Watchdog: Pentagon likely rushed denials of COVID-19 vaccine Religious Exemption requests

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The Army only approved just 24 religious COVID-19 vaccine exemption requests out of a total 8,514 requests submitted by active duty soldiers, and  1,602 requests have been rejected while the rest remain pending.

Military.com obtained information showing the Pentagon rushed vaccine exemption denials:

Sean O’Donnell, the Pentagon’s inspector general, wrote in a June 2 memo to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin obtained by Military.com calling attention to a “concerning” trend in which military brass rushed to reject vaccine-exemption petitions rather than giving each request due consideration.

“We found a trend of generalized assessments rather than the individualized assessment that is required by Federal law and DoD and Military Service policies,” he said. “Some of the appellate decisions included documentation that demonstrated a greater consideration of facts and circumstances involved in a request.”

In March, a Texas judge blocked the Navy from dismissing sailors with pending exemption requests and in August, a Florida federal judge ordered class action relief and granted an injunction barring the federal government from enforcing the vaccine mandate for the Marine Corps.

National Review writes, “For the last year, military has been struggling with a recruitment problem. As of July, with only three months left in the fiscal year, the Army had met only 40 percent of its recruitment goal and reduced its active-duty force by 12,000 troops.”

O’Donnell calculated that officials likely gave each appeal a cursory glance rather than a thorough examination, possibly opening the door to litigation from service members who had to resign after they failed to obtain exemptions. Across all the branches, there were about 50 denials per day in a 90-day period, he determined. Over a thousand Coast Guardsmen have already tried to launch a class-action lawsuit in response to their being refused religious exemptions, the publication noted.

“The volume and rate at which decisions were made to deny requests is concerning,” the memo read. “Assuming a 10-hour work day with no breaks or attention to other matters, the average review period was about 12 minutes for each package. Such a review period seems insufficient to process each request in an individualized manner and still perform the duties required of their position.”

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