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CDC could change metrics used for COVID-19 restrictions, including masks, as soon as Friday

ATLANTA – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could soon change the measurements used to determine proposed local restrictions for COVID-19, including mask commands, according to a scientist involved.

The announcement is expected on Friday. According to experts, “community disease levels” will no longer be determined only by cases, but by serious cases leading to hospitalization and death.

The CDC said it was changing its guidelines because many people nationally were vaccinated and the predominant omicron variant appeared with relatively mild symptoms in most vaccinated individuals.

According to the current CDC transmission map, 97% of U.S. counties are in high or substantial transmission. However, the new guidelines are likely to cause this measurement to drop.

Forty-nine of the 50 states have already announced plans to ease restrictions on masks, and some states have even said they are beginning to treat the virus as “endemic.”

Although pediatric cases have been declining for almost a month, the American Academy of Pediatrics warns that child cases are still very high – just below the maximum level of growth in the summer of 2021. More than 27.1 million eligible children over 5 years old are still vaccinated.

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