The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC is reviewing its mask guidance as COVID hospitalizations ebb, according to director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
The agency is shifting its focus to hospitalizations as a key measure of the virus’ severity and guide for determining whether health safety protocols need to be tightened.
Walensky said hospital capacity is an additional important barometer.
The CDC currently recommends people wear masks in indoor public places regardless of vaccination status if they live in an area with high viral transmission.
Nearly every U.S. county has a high transmission rate right now, CDC data show.