CDC says most counties can drop mask mandate
CNN reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says that most people in the United States live in areas where those who are healthy do not need to wear masks indoors. Still, 28 percent of Americans live in a county where they need to wear masks indoors. Previously, CDC pointed to levels of coronavirus transmission within communities as a key metric for restrictions and recommended that people in areas with high or substantial levels of transmission -- about 99 percent of the population -- should wear masks indoors. "We're in a better place today than we were six months ago, six weeks ago, six days ago," U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement to CNN. "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." Since the CDC's message is not crystal clear, expect many people to just hear the part about not wearing masks anymore. Read more about this story at CNN's website.