Minnesotans should put their masks back on
But not necessarily forever
March 16, 2022
We are public health scientists who conduct research to inform evidence-based policy. We were disappointed when the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took a radical turn in its COVID-19 prevention policy recommendations.
The CDC recently released new guidance on the assessment of community COVID-19 risk, lifting masking recommendations for most of the country. In their new metrics, the CDC has made a judgment call about what level of severe illness, disability and death is acceptable. Overnight, much of Minnesota was reclassified as low or medium risk, even as we were seeing COVID deaths every day.
We need to ask ourselves whether this is morally tolerable. Many Minnesota entities - cities, schools and institutions, including the University of Minnesota, have followed the CDC's lead.