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By Norvisi Mawunyegah
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) restructured procedures in wearing of nose mask in allowing fully vaccinated Americans to safely resume normal activities before the pandemic on May 13.CDC Director Rochelle Walensky defended then consent on May 16 and explained the newguidelines have nothing to do with pressure from the general population.
“If you are vaccinated, we are saying you are safe. You can take off your mask and you are not at risk of severe disease or hospitalization from Covid-19,” she said
According to the CDC, “Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations including local business and workplace guidance.”
While the rules are clearly stated, many critics don’t understand why the CDC has quickly changed its instructions . The previous recommendations, released in late April, stated even vaccinated, social distancing must be maintained avoidance of large indoor gatherings, and wear a mask to crowded outdoor events and indoor public spaces.
“Generally, for vaccinated people, outdoor activities without a mask are safe,” Walensky said at the time. “However, we continue to recommend masking in crowded outdoor settings and venues, such as packed stadiums and concerts where there is decreased ability to Anita in physical distance and where many unvaccinated people may also be present.”
Safety measurements are basically ruled out as direct result of Covid cases diminishing, vaccines becoming widely available, vaccine effectiveness being between 90-95% and data showing those who are fully vaccinated are less likely to transmit the virus.
CDC director defending stands stated
“I can tell you it certainly would’ve been easier if the science had evolved a week earlier and I didn’t have to go to Congress making those statements,” she said. “But I’m delivering the science as the science is delivered to the medical journals and, you know, it evolved over this last week. The cases came down over these last two weeks and so I delivered it as soon as I can when we have that information available.”
“If you are not vaccinated, you are not safe.” Walensky added. “Please go get vaccinated or continue to wear your mask.”