UPDATED 8:51 AM PT – Wednesday, February 9, 2022
The CDC doubled down on its mask guidelines as several Democrat-run states eased mask mandates. On Tuesday, the public health agency director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, suggested it’s still too early to pull down the masks despite admitting the pandemic has become an endemic.
Blue states such as California and New Jersey will be easing indoor masking mandates except for students in K-12 schools. Dr. Walensky, however, warned now is not the time for governors to lower their guard and return to normalcy.
“And now might be the time to say, ‘don’t necessarily go to the movies without your mask on or don’t necessarily gather in big parties in this moment,’ and that will be a lot of the work that we have ahead as we work to come out of this crisis time,” stated the CDC director.
Biden's CDC Director on lifting mask mandates:
"We at CDC will keep the public informed about our guidance and we will clearly communicate those recommendations to the public if and when they are updated." pic.twitter.com/W70Amqxvz8
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Dr. Walensky made these remarks despite changing the CDC’s masking guidelines to favor N95 and KN95 masks over other types last month. Meanwhile, a recent Monmouth University poll found around 70 percent of respondents said they would learn to live with COVID and return to normal life.