From the very beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the America people have received hundred of pieces of bad information from out officials and their surrogates. Masks were good, then they weren’t, and then they were again, all the while we were having trouble finding toilet paper.
Now in Month 13 of the two-week lockdown, the CDC is set to change their guidance again.
President Biden may relax some federal face mask rules this week.
Ubiquitous use of face masks is one of the major steps the government has advised to slow the spread of COVID-19, especially in the early days of the pandemic when information was limited, resources were scarce and vaccines did not exist.
Since the virus is an airborne disease — meaning it is mostly spread through droplets floating in the air that come from a person breathing, talking, singing, etc. — experts say that masks reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth.
And while the entirety of guidance that we receive certainly makes for a stressful situation, at least the relaxing of these rules is another step in the direction of normalcy.