“This guide makes sense:“ The Infectious Diseases Specialist supports the CDC’s new recommendations

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – You can take off the mask – this is a message from the CDC for most people in most areas.

The CDC says that if hospitalizations in any area are still high, then keep the masks indoors, but otherwise they may come off.

Here in Pittsburgh, hospitalization is manageable and masks can be removed.

Infectious Diseases Specialist at Johns Hopkins University, Dr Amesh Adal, told KDKA that it was time for the CDC to abandon basing its recommendations on a case-by-case basis.

“I think this guide makes sense, it really reflects where we’re going with this endemic one, if we focus much more on serious diseases than on all diseases for all occasions,” he said.

Dr. Adal said those who are vulnerable should continue to wear masks, but otherwise you can let them go.

“There will always be cases of COVID-19, hospitalizations and even death, but what will happen? Over time, COVID-19 will become much more manageable, which, like other respiratory viruses, is because we have the tools, because we have immunity, because we have the knowledge, ”he explained. “So it won’t be a continuous state of emergency. It will be something that is managed like an everyday infection.”

While the number of cases may increase, Dr Adal said schools should also be free to shed their masks.

“I think it’s time for schools to give up on mitigating COVID, but I think changing the CDC’s instructions is a good time to do that.”

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