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The COVID Rules Everyone Should Follow, Says CDC

ETNT Health Logo By Michael Martin of ETNT Health | Slide 2 of 6: The CDC currently advises everyone to wear a face mask in public when you're in areas of substantial or high community transmission of COVID. Walensky said the CDC may revise that guidance, acknowledging that many people are eager to move on. However, she said that some factors are important to keep in mind going forward when considering if you should wear a mask. One of them is hospital capacity in your area."We must consider hospital capacity as an additional important barometer," said Walensky. "Our hospitals need to be able to take care of people with heart attacks and strokes. Our emergency departments can't be so overwhelmed that patients with emergent issues have to wait in line." You can check hospital capacity in your county via this map by the University of Minnesota COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project. 

1. Consider Hospital Capacity

The CDC currently advises everyone to wear a face mask in public when you're in areas of substantial or high community transmission of COVID. Walensky said the CDC may revise that guidance, acknowledging that many people are eager to move on. However, she said that some factors are important to keep in mind going forward when considering if you should wear a mask. One of them is hospital capacity in your area.

"We must consider hospital capacity as an additional important barometer," said Walensky. "Our hospitals need to be able to take care of people with heart attacks and strokes. Our emergency departments can't be so overwhelmed that patients with emergent issues have to wait in line." 

You can check hospital capacity in your county via this map by the University of Minnesota COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project. 

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