Nurses union calls on CDC to revise new mask guidance

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      Nurses union calls on CDC to revise new mask guidance (

      The largest nurses union in the U.S. called on the CDC Saturday to reverse guidance issued this week that allows for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to go maskless while participating in indoor and outdoor activities.

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      The largest nurses’ union in the United States is calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to revoke the guidance on mask-wearing and social distancing that the agency released last week, calling the significantly scaled-back guidelines “dangerous” as the U.S. and other countries continue to face the coronavirus pandemic and new variants of Covid-19.

      National Nurses United (NNU) circulated a petition over the weekend, gathering signatures of Americans who were confused and alarmed by the CDC’s new guidance, soon after the union released a statement condemning public health authorities for recommending that fully vaccinated people stop wearing masks and social distancing in most situations.

      “This newest CDC guidance is not based on science, does not protect public health, and threatens the lives of patients, nurses, and other frontline workers across the country,” said Bonnie Castillo, executive director of NNU and a registered nurse. “Now is not the time to relax protective measures, and we are outraged that the CDC has done just that while we are still in the midst of the deadliest pandemic in a century.”

      The union expressed particular concern for how the new guidance would leave public-facing workers including grocery store employees and healthcare workers vulnerable, as business establishments will have no way of making sure unmasked people are vaccinated against the coronavirus.

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