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Podcast: What to make of CDC’s new masking guidelines

The latest episode of the “Show Me the Science” podcast focuses on the CDC’s new masking guidelines. Guest William G. Powderly, MD, the Larry J. Shapiro Director of the Institute for Public Health and co-director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at WashU Med, says the new guidelines provide evidence that, for many fully vaccinated individuals, going without a mask indoors is fairly safe — thanks to highly effective vaccines.

But Powderly also says people need to remain aware that the pandemic isn’t over, and that the CDC may need to change its recommendations again at some point. On the Medical Campus, masks will still be required in public areas in hospitals and in clinical areas.