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27.02.2022

Yay! Say no to Masks!

I can hear your cheering.

The CDC is dropping its recommendation for universal indoor masking in favor of masking based on local situations where virus transmission is considered high risk.

CDC’s Relaxing masking guidelines during the time of the Russian Attack on #Ukraine, like #Covid-19, attacked People around the world before the vaccines.

#Russia does not fear the #Vaccines (Sanctions) threat like the previous delta variant, Let’s see any effective vaccines (Support Actions) will protect Ukraine from Russia.

Ukraine defending its capital, with a curfew implemented as of now. #War experts say anytime Kyiv may fall into the hands of Russia, some experts say Russia’s this act of war to threaten the whole of Europe. 

Let’s Stop Here, We don’t talk politics, by the way, we always talk about health. But We all witnessing the ongoing war, as we are health-conscious people we can easily judge the one who is going to win, in the fight between physically strong and physically weak.

 I’m always fond of Peace, and I believe that the discussion will bring the solution to the table, for all the relationships issues.

So, I request you, Mr.Putin Please stop the war.

When you are reading this there were 5,959,362 total deaths worldwide because of covid-19.

Lots of People Lost their loved ones because of covid-19, everyone lost anyone, from their family or relative or friends, children who lost their parents become orphans, Lots of people lost their jobs, Most of the world fighting to live with their sources.

The whole world under stress for these two years, now without being given breathing time, This war is happening. OMG!

Why is CDC Eases Mask wearing now?

The CDC guideline update comes as daily Covid-19 instances in the United States have dropped to a tenth of what they were at their peak last month, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

 The 90% reduction occurred over nearly six weeks, from an average of more than 802,000 cases each day on January 15 to less than 75,000 now.

Current high levels of vaccination(Total 76.3% ) and community immunity from both vaccination and infections, the risk of medically significant sickness, hospitalization, and death from Covid-19 is considerably lowered for the vast majority of people.

 At the same time, we know that some people and communities, such as our senior citizens, immunocompromised people, and persons with disabilities, are more vulnerable to serious illness and must make difficult decisions when navigating a world with Covid-19.

Protecting individuals at greatest risk of severe outcomes, focusing on lowering medically significant illness, and reducing the load on the healthcare system reflects our present understanding of SARS-CoV-2 infection, immunity from vaccine and infection, and the instruments at disposal. 

Vaccines are highly protective against severe disease, and expanding vaccine coverage and ensuring people are up to date on vaccination is critical to preventing hospitalizations and deaths.

Why should I continue to wear a Mask indoors?

The CDC notes that anyone who wants to wear a mask should continue to do so. Means that’s if you want to wear it indoors, you can wear the mask.

We also would like to suggest that to wear a mask indoors where you feel the low air-ventilated or when you feel the situation to wear. Why? CDC indicates that only 29.5% community falls under Low spread level. The remaining community is still under medium and high spread levels.

Community guidelines

What did Experts Say about CDC's Guidelines?

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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stated, “This new framework moves beyond just looking at cases and test positivity to evaluate factors that reflect the severity of disease, including hospitalizations and hospital capacity, and helps to determine whether the level of COVID-19 and severe disease are low, medium, or high in a community,”

 “We are in a stronger place today as a nation with more tools today to protect ourselves and our community from COVID-19 like vaccination, boosters, broader access to testing, availability of high-quality masks, accessibility to new treatments, and improved ventilation,” during a press conference on Friday.

Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services of the United States, stated in a statement to CNN.”We’re in a better place today than we were six months ago, six weeks ago, six days ago,”

“Now it’s time to focus on severity, not just cases, of COVID. Because of all the hard work that’s been done and the many tools we’ve developed to tackle COVID, we can ease the guidance on mask use — not everyone in every place needs to wear a mask,” he added.

Dr. Gerald Harmon, president of the American Medical Association, The CDC’s revised recommendations reflect “a new approach” to monitoring Covid-19 in communities, stated in a statement Friday.

“Although masks may no longer be required indoors in many parts of the U.S., we know that wearing a well-fitted mask is an effective way to protect ourselves and our communities, including the most vulnerable, from COVID-19—particularly in indoor settings when physical distancing is not possible.” Dr. Gerald Harmon Added. 

How CDC measures Community Level transmissions?

To determine the COVID-19 community level, the CDC uses a combination of three metrics:

  •  New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the previous 7 days, 
  • The percentage of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and 
  • Total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the previous 7 days. 

The current potential for strain on the health system is represented by the number of new COVID-19 admissions and the percentage of staffed inpatient beds occupied.

 Data on new cases serves as an early warning sign of potential increases in healthcare system burden in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Using these data, the COVID-19 community level is classed by CDC as low, medium, or high.

Covid-19 New Cases. (Per100,000 people in the past 7 days)

 IndicatorsLOWMEDIUMHIGH
<200New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population (7-day total)<10.010.0-19.9≥20.0
<200Percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19


patients
(Average of 7-day)
<10.0%10.0-14.9%≥15.0%
200> New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population (7-day' s total)NA<10.0≥10.0
200>Percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients (Average of 7-day)NA<10.0%≥10.0%

As an Individual, what should you do for your community?

If your county's COVID-19 Community Level - LOW

  • Keep your Covid-19 immunizations and boosters up to date.
  • When possible, maintain improved ventilation across indoor spaces.
  • If you have been exposed to Covid-19 or have symptoms of Covid-19, follow the CDC’s recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested.
  • If you have immunocompromised or are at high risk of developing a severe disease
  • If necessary, have a plan in place for speedy testing (e.g., having home tests)
  • Consult your doctor to see if you are a candidate for therapies such as oral antivirals, PrEP, and monoclonal antibodies. FDA approved new monoclonal antibodies to fight against omicron variants.

If your County's COVID-19 Community Level MEDIUM

  • If you have an immunocompromised or are at high risk of developing severe disease, Consult your doctor about whether you should wear a mask or take other measures (e.g., testing)
  • If you have household or social contact with someone who is at high risk for severe disease, try self-testing to detect infection before contact and wear a mask when you are home with them.
  • Keep your COVID-19 immunizations and boosters up to date.
  • When possible, maintain increased ventilation throughout indoor spaces. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19, follow the CDC’s guidelines for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested.
  • If you have an immunocompromised or are at high risk of developing severe disease, If necessary, have a plan in place for speedy testing (e.g., having home tests or access to testing). Consult your doctor to see if you are a candidate for therapies such as oral antivirals, PrEP, and monoclonal antibodies.

If your county's COVID-19 Community Level HIGH

  • Regardless of vaccination status, wear a well-fitting mask inside in public, this including in K-12 schools and other indoor community settings. 
  • If you have immunocompromised or are at high risk of developing a severe disease
  • Wear a mask or respirator to provide further protection.
  • Avoid non-essential indoor activities in public places where you could be exposed.
  • If you have a damaged immune system or are at high risk of developing a severe disease
  • Consult your doctor about whether you should wear a mask or take other measures (e.g., testing)
  • If you have household or social contact with someone who is at high risk for severe disease, try self-testing to detect infection before contact and wear a mask when you are home with them.
  • Keep your COVID-19 vaccines and boosters up to date.
  • When possible, maintain improved ventilation across indoor spaces.
  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19, follow the CDC’s recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested.
  • If you have a damaged immune system or are at high risk of developing a severe disease
  • If necessary, have a plan in place for speedy testing (e.g., having home tests or access to testing)
  • Consult your doctor to see if you are a candidate for therapies such as oral antivirals, PrEP, and monoclonal antibodies.

Who are in the Covid -19 high-risk People group?

  1. People with medical conditions
  2. Older adults and
  3. Pregnant women

1. People with medical conditions that include,

  • Immunocompromised
  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Cystic fibrosis,
  • Dementia and other neurological conditions
  • Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
  • Heart conditions
  • HIV infection
  • Mental health conditions
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Solid-organ or blood stem cell transplant
  • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease
  • Substance use disorders
  • Tuberculosis

2. Older adults 

People in their 50s are in greater danger, as are those in their 60s, 70s, and 80s. People aged 85 and up are the most prone to become seriously ill.

3. Pregnant women

If you are pregnant or have recently been pregnant, you are more likely to become very ill from Covid-19 than non-pregnant people.

 Pregnancy creates changes in the body that may make it easier to become very ill from respiratory viruses like COVID-19. These changes in the body might last long after the pregnancy is over.

CDC’s new community guidelines may be endemic to the pandemic, Let’s hope for the best.

So, What are you going to do? wearing mask indoors?

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