Businesses could sorely use guidance on bringing workers back to the office. Where’s the CDC?
Public health officials should not only quickly address this need, but also tailor their guidance to the type of employee. A utility worker or groundskeeper should not have to wear a mask when working alone outside on a hot summer day even if they chose not to get vaccinated. Having such a mask requirement is incompatible with science, ethically wrong and potentially harmful to the worker. Conversely, a nonimmune office worker should wear a mask indoors until the local infection rate drops below a preset threshold. The country is looking to the CDC for guidance; its delay in providing it is slowing down America’s economic engine.