The strange transition of the CDC from a public health authority to a public voice of pseudo- libertarian thought was predicted to have consequences. Their abandonment of their long standing advocacy of protect the vulnerable was predicted to obviously have consequences on the vulnerable who in the context of covid are the elderly and the immunocompromised and children under five years of age ( the later at least until a covid vaccine is approved for use in that group).
To be clear- the notion that mask wearing protects both the wearer and others was discarded in favor of the advice that mask wearing was an individual choice regarding the individual's assessment of his/her risk, This is strange advice indeed from a public health agency concerning a potentially fatal respiratory illness that may have asymptomatic spread and is spread by aerosol.
There are now data indicating that some of the vulnerable (elderly even with boosters) are a increasing number of the deaths from omicron making it not just a pandemic of the unvaccinated. Elderly vaccinated and boosted persons are not well advised to go maskless if they "consider their risk to be low".
(14) Eric Topol on Twitter: "The headline: "Covid deaths no longer overwhelmingly among unvaccinated as toll on elderly grows" The reason: "The bulk of vaccinated deaths are among people who did not get a booster shot" https://t.co/6VEXi2eWgf by @FenitN @dtkeating" / Twitter
note the Washington Post article above is behind a pay wall so I cannot present the actual numbers.