The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will reportedly announce on Tuesday that it is changing its mask guidelines to recommend that fully vaccinated individuals wear a mask indoors in certain COVID hotspots due to the spread of the Delta variant.
Previously, the CDC had only recommended unvaccinated Americans wear masks indoors and in close proximity of others. The New York Times was the first to report on the newest mask update. As recently as last week, the CDC contended they had no plans to update their mask recommendations.
The prior guidelines stipulated in May that unvaccinated Americans were not required to mask up indoors or outdoors and no longer had to socially distance themselves. Unvaccinated individuals were still instructed to take all precautions regardless of where they were located. The exceptions for fully vaccinated people included medical facilities, prisons, homeless shelters, and public transportation.
The virulent Delta variant is being used as the reasoning for the new mask mandate. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky is stating that the variant is “spreading with incredible efficiency and now represents more than 83% of the virus circulating in the United States.”
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The claims surrounding the CDC’s mandate and from the Biden administration are confusing. Americans still don’t understand why they must wear a mask indoors if the vaccines work as claimed. The White House is asserting that unvaccinated individuals “should be more fearful” of the Delta variant threat than those who are vaccinated.
Walensky proclaimed during a COVID briefing last week that unvaccinated individuals “need to be wearing a mask to protect yourself and others around you.”
“We need more people to get vaccinated to stop this pandemic,” she proclaimed, noting that the CDC recommendations “haven’t changed.” Walensky warned that if Americans are in an area that is a hotspot with a low rate of vaccination, “you should certainly be wearing a mask.”
“If you are vaccinated, you get exceptional protection from the vaccines, but you have the opportunity to make the personal choice to add extra layers of protection if you so choose,” she remarked.
“If you are not vaccinated, please take the Delta Variant very seriously. This virus has no incentive to let up and it remains in search of the next vulnerable person to infect,” Walensky stated. “Please consider getting vaccinated and take precautions until you do.”
The updated guidelines are taking place just before school begins in the fall. Some schools are requiring that students mask up once again, especially since those 12 and under are not eligible for vaccination yet. The CDC is considering mandating masks for all school children under the age of 12.
Implementation of mask mandates will be left up to local officials who will decide whether the guidelines should be applicable to their states, counties, cities, and towns or not.
Several counties across both California and Nevada are now advising all individuals to wear masks in public indoor settings. It doesn’t matter whether they are vaccinated or not. In Massachusetts, officials in Provincetown are advising all individuals to resume wearing masks indoors after Fourth of July celebrations ostensibly led to an outbreak of new cases. Mask mandates are expected to once again spread across the nation.
Americans are not on board with the revised guidelines:
I got the vaccine. My wife got the vaccine. My parents got the vaccine. My small kids are small kids. None of us are masking in our own f***ing home and the CDC, with its ever-changing pseudo-scientific nonsense, can shove it.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 27, 2021
CDC is an absolute joke
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) July 27, 2021
CDC: Center for Democracy Control
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) July 27, 2021
The CDC will soon tell vaccinated Americans to wear masks.
But unvaccinated, maskless illegal immigrants can still openly cross our southern border.
— Lance Gooden (@Lancegooden) July 27, 2021
When the CDC “recommends” mask-wearing and then we are forced to wear them — that’s not a recommendation.
— Gary Sheffield Jr. (@GarysheffieldJr) July 27, 2021
It's CDC vaccine discouragement day!
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) July 27, 2021
— Sara Gonzales (@SaraGonzalesTX) July 27, 2021
Been going through the United States Constitution all night…
Still can't find anywhere it says the CDC can take away Americans rights and freedoms…
— Professor Matt Couch (@RealMattCouch) July 27, 2021
I will not get the vaccine… my husband will not get the vaccine…. my kids will not get the vaccine. None of us are masking – anywhere! And the CDC, with its ever-changing pseudo-scientific nonsense, can shove it.
— Michele LibertyQ (@mbarnestx) July 27, 2021
So the CDC wants us to wear masks…if we have children?
We’re turning into a clown country. pic.twitter.com/dSFeOOihyQ
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) July 27, 2021
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