Largest US nurses’ union rips CDC’s new mask guidelines

Union says move ‘threatens the lives of patients, nurses and other front-line workers. The country’s largest nurses’ union is blasting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over its latest recommended easing of mask restrictions – claiming the move “threatens the lives of patients, nurses, and other front-line workers.”

“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,” said registered nurse Bonnie Castillo, president of National Nurses United, which says it represents more than 170,000 members.

The stinging remarks came just days after the CDC announced it was recommending that anyone who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely stop wearing masks and socially distancing in most instances.

“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities – large or small – without wearing a mask or physically distancing,” CDC chief Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a press briefing Thursday.

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