According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 32 percent people in the US should be wearing masks while indoors in public spaces or should consider the measure based on the risk for severe COVID-19.
According to US CDC data, this percentage is down considerably from around two months ago, when 87 percent of the US population lived in counties considered high or medium COVID-19 community level. People living in those areas should consider mitigation measures to protect themselves and others, such as masking. The percentage has been on the decline as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths fall.
COVID-19 cases in the United States have been declining since its most recent peak in July 2022, at 130,000 new infections every day on average. Now the United States is averaging lower than 55,000 new COVID-19 transmission levels, although, it remains high across the majority of the US.
COVID-19 deaths have declined slightly but remain elevated at around 350 per day. That is down from 500 a day in August 2022. In fact, the fact that COVID-19 deaths still occur was a point for many people, who criticized the remarks of US president Joe Biden that the COVID-19 pandemic is over.