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CDC Updates Masking Guidance

As cases of COVID-19 continue to drop, the CDC has issued new guidance that permits many Americans to go unmasked indoors, including in schools. The guidance is based on a new tool, the COVID-19 Community Level, that measures hospitalization rates in local communities. For the many Americans living in low-risk communities, the CDC says masks can be removed. There continue to be situations where masking is required or highly recommended, however. Listen to hear more about the new guidance, how public health experts are responding, and what it may mean for life in the coming months.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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