New masking guidance from CDC

Published: Mar. 1, 2022 at 12:52 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 1, 2022 at 12:53 PM EST
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CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - New guidance from the CDC says that you do not need to mask inside anymore based on where you live.

More than 70 percent of the U.S. population lives in counties where the coronavirus is posing a low or medium threat, which ease mask recommendations in those areas.

There is no simple answer because there are so many “what if” factors, but Chatham County and the surrounding counties are a low threat which means the CDC says it is OK to take off that mask for day-to-day routines like going to the grocery store.

The new tool from the CDC lets you search your state and then your county to determine if you should mask up based on your community.

The data for the community levels is determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions and the total number of COVID-19 cases in the area.

Dr. Lawton Davis, from the Coastal Health District, points out that these guidelines for masking don’t change guidelines for masking after quarantine and positive test results, this guidance is only for day-to-day activities.

“I guess in a way you would say they are taking a more nuanced and practical approach to try to keep communities safe, people safe but allow life to go on as best as we can,” Dr. Davis said.

The new recommendations do not change the requirement to wear masks on public transportation and indoors in airports, train stations and bus stations.

Dr. Davis adds that if you are going to be around someone immunocompromised or if you are immunocompromised masking is still recommended.

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