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New guidance from the federal government set off a cascade of mask rules across the nation as cities, states, schools and businesses raced to bring back mandates. Others pushed back against the guidelines at a time when Americans are exhausted and confused over constantly shifting pandemic measures.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reversing course on some masking guidelines. The agency announced new recommendations Tuesday that even vaccinated people should return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging.

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The recent announcement from the CDC that suggests that people who are fully vaccinated can forgo masks in many situations came as a surprise to many. In the days following the announcement, some reacted with skepticism, saying that the CDC moved too quickly. 

Dr. Mark Ebell from the University of Georgia College of Public Health says the CDC's guidance is appropriate, and he joined Alexia Ridley to talk about what the guidance means, his concerns, and why you may still want to keep a mask handy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is extending a moratorium on evictions for another three months.

The current moratorium was set to expire at the end of March, but CDC director Rochelle Walensky extended the expiration date to June 30th in an order released today. In a statement, Walensky called keeping people in their homes and out of homeless shelters a “key step” in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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The Centers for Disease Control has long been at the center of the nation's health concerns. Now some public health experts outside government are worried the CDC’s expertise is going to waste.

The CDC has repeatedly found its suggestions for fighting the coronavirus outbreak take a back seat to other concerns within the Trump administration. The latest instance surfaced Thursday, when The Associated Press reported that the Trump administration shelved a CDC document containing step-by-step advice on how and when to reopen public places.