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Dr. Gottlieb: CDC should update mask guidance based on local data

WASHINGTON, D.C. - APRIL 05: FDA Commissioner-designate Scott Gottlieb testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on April 5, 2017 at on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - APRIL 05: FDA Commissioner-designate Scott Gottlieb testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on April 5, 2017 at on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

FILE – Then-FDA Commissioner-designate Scott Gottlieb testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on April 5, 2017 at on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 10:41 AM PT – Monday, February 14, 2022

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former head of the FDA, hopes the CDC will release mask guidance’s based on local data. In an interview Sunday, he said the national public health agency should have released guidance’s based on local data much earlier.

Dr. Gottlieb also predicted the agency will change their indoor mask guidance soon. He cited declining COVID-19 cases as grounds for the CDC to update its mask indoor mask rules.

“I think what you’re going to see the CDC do, though, is come out with guidance that’s more specific to communities,” stated the former FDA chief. “That’s based on what the local prevalence is and that’s probably where they should have been all along. I think they’re going to make that adaptation because there clearly are parts of the country where prevalence is low enough now and heading in a positive direction if they can start lifting this mitigation.”

Dr. Gottlieb’s comments come as several states are loosening up their indoor mask mandates.

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