CDC eases mask rules, signaling shift in decision-making methods

David Souleles knows public health. He’s been researching and discussing it as a government official and academic for decades. And when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention again relaxed mask guidelines last week, Souleles recognized it as a fundamental change in how the country’s health czar looks at COVID-19. “They’re really pivoting to looking at hospital capacity as a metric for driving public health and safety protocols,” said Souleles, director of the University of California, Irvine master’s in public health program.