The new rule comes as China experiences a surge in COVID cases, which US officials believe is not being adequately reported to other nations.
The CDC recently relaxed its COVID guidelines involving quarantines, screening tests, and social distancing. That’s a terrible idea, some experts say, given that over 400 people die from the disease every day.
"It is CDC’s continuing assessment that at this time an order requiring masking in the indoor transportation corridor remains necessary for the public health."
The federal judge in Florida, who was appointed by Donald Trump, said the CDC had exceeded its statutory authority in issuing the mask mandate.
“This is a really bad idea,” one public health expert said. “It just creates an opportunity for people to grandstand.”
Only people in communities considered high risk, or about 37% of the country, are recommended to keep using their masks indoors, according to new guidelines.
“Pediatric hospitalizations are at the highest rate compared to any prior point in the pandemic,” the CDC’s director warned.
Anthony Fauci says the CDC is aware of recent pushback to its changes to isolation guidelines and may soon alter them.
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“We are standing on the shoulders of two years of science,” the CDC director said.
Experts welcomed the decision to shorten the isolation period to five days, but many are still concerned testing negative first hasn't been prioritized.
Isolation should only end if a person with COVID-19 is asymptomatic after the fifth day.
Rare blood clotting side effects linked to nine deaths triggered the recommendation, which stops short of calling for ceasing use of the one-shot vaccine.
“It felt like we were driving blind, and we really were a little bit,” one expert said.
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Federal investigation records obtained by BuzzFeed News show how one of the most pivotal mistakes of the pandemic fell on an overburdened CDC lab with only three full-time employees.
"The individual, who was fully vaccinated and had mild symptoms that are improving, is self-quarantining and has been since testing positive," according to the CDC.
The highly unusual move by the head of the CDC capped off weeks off tense debates in the US over who should qualify for COVID-19 booster shots.
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The Delta variant outbreak among vaccinated beachgoers in Cape Cod was “a pivotal discovery” leading to new mask recommendations, said CDC chief Rochelle Walensky.
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“The unvaccinated, by choice, are a threat to public health at this point,” said one ICU doctor.
The CDC released new guidance for classrooms that prioritizes the need to fully reopen schools by the fall.
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“We spent a year trying very hard to get people to wear masks,” one expert said. “This kind of sudden, abrupt change, without any kind of signaling that it’s coming, will leave people feeling blindsided.”
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"Personally i’ll still be wearing a mask in public until further notice because being freely ugly in peace is something i’m not willing to give up."
Fully vaccinated people can go without masks in many small gatherings indoors or outdoors, say the new CDC guidelines.
The vaccine, which had been paused for a week and a half, will restart after a federal advisory panel concluded that its benefits in lives saved outweigh its risks from rare but dangerous blood clots.
At least six women, including one who died, have developed an extremely rare blood-clotting syndrome after getting the vaccine.
But as COVID-19 cases rise nationwide, “I would advocate against general travel overall,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on Friday.
COVID-19 drove a 15.9% increase in the nationwide death rate in 2020, alongside increases from heart disease, injuries, Alzheimer's, and diabetes.
The long-awaited guidelines were released at a White House briefing on Monday.
"It is now time to open Texas 100%," Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday.
Wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask or knotting the loops of a single mask for a snug fit provide more protection than a surgical mask alone, the CDC said.