Covid Proved the C.D.C. Is Broken. Can It Be Fixed?

The pandemic revealed the glaring weaknesses of the world’s premier public health agency — and just how much work it would take to reform it.

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Iowa Man Is Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison After Mask Fight

A 42-year-old Des Moines man was convicted of assault over a fight with a man who confronted him over the way he was wearing a mask.

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California Reopens on June 15: What to Know

Monday: Here’s what you need to know about the lifting of coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

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What to Know About Workplace Mask Rules

Tuesday: The state updated its standards for wearing masks at work. Here’s what to know about the changes.

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Book Review: ‘The Plague Year,’ by Lawrence Wright

In “The Plague Year,” Lawrence Wright tells the story of the pandemic that upended all of our lives — both the failures to combat it, and the science that saved us.

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Sweet Cherries, Bitter Politics: Two Farm Stands and the Nation’s Divides

Opposing views of mask requirements have rippled across a Michigan County, even influencing where people buy their fruit.

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For Many Workers, Change in Mask Policy Is a Nightmare

After a shift by the C.D.C., employers withdrew mask policies that workers felt were protecting them from unvaccinated customers.

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We Were Called to Sacrifice as a Nation. We Didn’t Answer.

The need to look beyond war for some non-martial way to cultivate communal responsibility is more urgent now than ever.

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U.S. Mask Companies Struggle to Compete with China

Remember when N95s were in short supply? American companies stepped in to manufacture them. Now, they can’t compete.

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CDC loosened mask guidance to encourage vaccination—it failed spectacularly

A thrown-away surgical mask lays on the ground.

Enlarge / A thrown-away surgical mask lays on the ground. (credit: Getty | David Gannon)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stunned health officials and experts May 13 with the abrupt announcement that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 could forgo masking in most settings—indoor, outdoor, uncrowded, and crowded alike. The guidance was a stark reversal from the health agency’s previous stance, issued just two weeks earlier, that still recommended vaccinated people wear masks among crowds and in many indoor, uncrowded settings.

The CDC said at the time that it was merely following the science for masking. The agency and its director, Rochelle Walensky, highlighted fresh, real-world studies demonstrating COVID-19 vaccines’ high efficacy and ability to lower transmission risks. But the update was also part of an overt effort to encourage vaccination among the vaccine hesitant by emphasizing the perks of being vaccinated—like not needing to wear masks anymore and reclaiming other bits of normal life.

That messaging shift came as states across the country started to see their pace of vaccination slow despite a glut of vaccine doses. Numerous polls have indicated that most of the people eager to get vaccinated already have. Now, with just 62 percent of the US adult population vaccinated, much of the remaining unvaccinated portion is either hesitant or resistant to being vaccinated. It’s that group of people the CDC was trying to reach with the new mask guidance.

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With Idaho’s Governor Out of State, the Lieutenant Governor Bans Mask Mandates

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin had signed an executive order while Gov. Brad Little, her political rival, was away at a conference.

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What Can and Can’t Be Learned From a Doctor in China Who Pioneered Masks

Dr. Wu Lien-Teh helped change the course of a plague epidemic in the early 20th century and promoted the use of masks as a public health tool.

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How The CDC’s New Mask Guidelines Left Many Wondering Can They Trust One Another

New coronavirus mask guidelines from the C.D.C. have left Americans wondering whether they can trust one another. And it’s been a challenging year for trust.

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New Honor System on Masks: ‘Am I to Trust These People?’

New coronavirus mask guidelines from the C.D.C. have left Americans wondering whether they can trust one another. And it’s been a challenging year for trust.

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When Do I Need a Covid Face Mask? Experts Weigh In.

Three experts respond to questions from readers about face masks.

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CDC defends its abrupt reversal on masks after backlash from experts

A woman adjusts her face mask while sitting in front of a microphone.

Enlarge / Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adjusts her protective mask during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg)

Criticism and confusion have erupted following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s abrupt recommendation last Thursday that fully vaccinated people can immediately shed masks in most settings. The agency is yet again on the defense over its mask guidance.

Mask usage has been one of the most contentious issues throughout the pandemic—and that seems unlikely to change anytime soon. Just last Tuesday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky faced a grilling from Senate Republicans, who suggested that the agency was being too slow and too conservative in its health guidance, particularly on the issue of outdoor mask use.

At the time, the agency recommended that fully vaccinated people should continue to wear masks in many uncrowded indoor settings as well as in crowded outdoor settings. “We will continue to recommend this until widespread vaccination is achieved,” Walensky said in an April 27 briefing. On that day, around 29 percent of the US population was fully vaccinated.

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They’re Vaccinated and Keeping Their Masks On, Maybe Forever

Face coverings have been a political flash point for more than a year. But now, the backlash is directed at people who don’t plan to take them off.

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Mask? No Mask? New Rules Leave Americans Recalibrating, Hour by Hour

The C.D.C. said fully vaccinated people could safely go most places without a mask. Not everyone was sure, or ready.

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What Do New Mask Rules Mean for Company Vaccine Mandates?

The rules for keeping workers safe can be difficult to navigate.

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How The CDC Change on Mask Guidance Set Off Confusion in States and Cities

Some governors and mayors quickly rolled back their mask mandates, while others said local restrictions would stay in place for now.

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Federal Mask Retreat Sets Off Confusing Scramble for States and Cities

Some governors and mayors quickly rolled back their mask mandates, while others said local restrictions would stay in place for now.

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How Do You Feel About the New Mask Guidelines?

The C.D.C. said fully vaccinated people don’t have to wear masks or maintain social distance indoors or outdoors, with some exceptions. But what do you plan on doing in the coming weeks?

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Removing Masks Becomes the First Bipartisan Activity of Biden’s Washington

After the C.D.C. updated its mask guidance for vaccinated people, President Biden urged Americans to get along as things maybe, possibly start to return to normal.

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C.D.C.’s New Mask Guidelines: Here’s What to Know

The C.D.C. now says it is safe for fully vaccinated people to take their masks off in most indoor settings. States, cities and businesses were sorting through what to do with the guidance.

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Vaccinated Americans May Go Without Masks in Most Places, Federal Officials Say

Fully vaccinated people do not have to wear masks or maintain social distance indoors or outdoors, with some exceptions, the C.D.C. advised.

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Ron DeSantis Says He Will Pardon Those Who Violated ask Mandates

Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, said the enforcement of a county mask mandate was “total overreach.”

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Some States Greet New C.D.C. Mask Guidance With Caution

The new policy seemed to catch many retailers and their workers by surprise, and a major union for food workers asked whether they were supposed to serve as “vaccination police.”

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Hundreds of Epidemiologists Expected Mask-Wearing in Public for at Least a Year

The C.D.C. said Thursday that vaccinated Americans no longer needed masks in most places. Other disease experts recently had a different message: that masks were necessary in public.

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Covid Pandemic Demands Air Quality Changes in the Workplace, Researchers Say

The researchers issued a call to action to improve indoor air quality as a safeguard against the spread of contagions like the coronavirus.

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After the Pandemic, Will More People Wear Masks for Colds and Flu?

The behavior is common in East Asia, but there’s no tidy scientific consensus on how much it limits the spread of respiratory illnesses. Now some wonder how the idea will go over in the U.S.

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My Mask, My Safety Signal

Just because the fully vaccinated can remove their masks outdoors doesn’t mean they’re ready to let go of them fully.

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CDC Chief Defends Coronavirus Pandemic Guidance as Impatience Mounts

At a Senate hearing on the federal government’s pandemic response, Republicans criticized the government’s guidance for cruise ships, fishermen, summer camps and outdoor mask wearing.

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Got Masks? Here’s What to Do With Them.

As more people are vaccinated and guidelines around mask wearing are easing, some are finding ways to preserve, repurpose and recycle their face coverings.

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Why Did It Take So Long to Accept the Facts About Covid?

The importance of airborne transmission in the pandemic was clear long before the World Health Organization finally began to acknowledge it.

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C.D.C. Eases Outdoor Mask Guidance for Vaccinated Americans

“Go get the shot,” President Biden declared Tuesday, hailing an easing of federal guidance on outdoor mask wearing as a step toward post-pandemic normalcy.

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How Mask Guidelines Have Evolved in a Pandemic Year

Officials offered mixed messages about masks in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic before embracing them as a simple but effective tool for slowing the spread of Covid-19.

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Here Is When the C.D.C. Says You Should Wear Masks Outdoors.

Vaccinated people can often skip masks outdoors when they won’t be in crowded situations with strangers, the new guidance says, but unvaccinated people should still wear them in many outdoor settings.

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Airline Bars Alaska State Senator Over Mask Policy Violation

Alaska Airlines said it had suspended State Senator Lora Reinbold from flying because she refused to comply with its mask rules.

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Do We Still Need to Keep Wearing Masks Outdoors?

Science shows that the risk of viral transmission outside is very low. The “two-out-of-three rule” can help you decide whether to mask up.

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Is This the Future of Face Masks?

Will.i.am and Honeywell introduce the first connected mask. Think sneakers meet smartphones.

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Can Vaccinated People Spread the Virus? We Don’t Know, Scientists Say.

Researchers pushed back after the C.D.C. director asserted that vaccinated people “do not carry the virus.”

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How Wearing a Mask Can Reduce Allergy Symptoms

Research shows that wearing masks outdoors can protect against more than Covid-19 for people who suffer from seasonal allergies.

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As Mask Mandates Lift, Retail Workers Again Feel Vulnerable

“It’s no different now than it was a year ago,” one Kroger employee said, as states like Texas and Mississippi end mask requirements.

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Biden Pushes Mask Mandate as C.D.C. Director Warns of ‘Impending Doom’

The administration is stepping up the pace of vaccinations and expanding access to shots, but it remains in a race against a virus on the upswing.

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The End of New York’s Long, Covid Winter

Spring is here. So is the end of the pandemic. Almost.

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I Got a Covid Vaccine. What Can I Do?

Three experts respond to questions from readers about what they can do after getting vaccinated.

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Not Ready for the End of the Covid Pandemic?

This is a teachable pandemic.

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Double Masking Can Get Tricky. Here’s an Easy Way to Do It Right.

Two masks can increase your protection against the coronavirus. Just make sure you know the do’s and don’ts.

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Despite Pandemic, 300,000 Expected at Daytona Beach Bike Week

Bike Week typically draws a half-million people to the Daytona Beach area, but a smaller crowd is expected this year. Still, some worry that it could be a superspreader event.

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With Texas’ Mask Mandate Over, Workers Worry About Encroaching Virus

Gov. Greg Abbott cited personal freedom and economic pain while relaxing coronavirus restrictions. But many are upset, especially those who take precautions and work with the public.

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