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CDC No Longer Advises Universal Masking in Healthcare Facilities


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released updated guidance that no longer recommends universal masking in healthcare settings unless the facility is in an area experiencing high COVID-19 transmission rates.

In areas where transmission levels are high, masking is recommended for everyone in a healthcare setting when they are in areas where they could encounter patients. In regions without high COVID-19 transmission rates, “healthcare facilities can choose not to require” all providers, patients and visitors to mask. The CDC also advises dental professionals to regularly consult their state dental boards and state or local health departments for current information, recommendations or requirements specific to their jurisdictions.

From Decisions in Dentistry. November 2022;8(11)8.

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