Even the CDC Isn’t Into Universal Masking in Health Facilities Anymore


I was shocked to find out that I didn’t have to wear a mask when I had my eyes shaved a few weeks back. Even the veterinarian who treated my dog has signs requiring people to wear masks. They also have useless barriers.

Nothing at the eye doctor’s. When I was under the laser, I didn’t wear any face masks. However, I did wear a haircap — as you can see in my author photo below.

It was still a great experience to be completely anonymous. Although I was dreading the idea of wearing a mask for various eye exams, it turned out to be a great experience.

It turns out, even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is comfortable with this. In areas with low COVID-19 transmission, universal masking is not recommended for health care facilities.

The guidance states that healthcare facilities can choose to not require universal source control if SARS-CoV-2 community transmission levels are low.

If you want one, however, it is recommended that you keep it on. The CDC states that individuals might choose to keep using source control based upon personal preference. This is based on the risk of infection they perceive from their past activities (e.g. attending crowded indoor gatherings with poor ventilation and their potential for contracting severe disease).