New CDC Mask Mandate Creates Debate and Confusion

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FILE - In this Friday, March 5, 2021 file photo, a restaurant worker holds his face mask in Biloxi, Miss. On Friday, March 12, 2021, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that mask mandates have a negligible impact on coronavirus numbers. Those claims distort the findings, according to CDC scientist Gery Guy Jr., the study's lead author. “Each day that growth rate is going down, the cumulative effect — in terms of cases and deaths — adds up to be quite substantial,” Guy told the AP in a previous report. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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This was the first weekend Americans were given the green light from the CDC to go without a mask if they were fully vaccinated.

Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of Brown University School of Public Health, appeared on ABC Good Morning America recommended waiting to lift the new guidelines until more Americans are vaccinated.

Dr. Anthony Fauci agreed with the new updates and said the CDC is trying to keep up with new data.

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