Where’s the data? CDC fails to release numbers justifying reimplementation of mask mandate

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has yet to release pertinent data that justifies its revision of mask mandate guidelines which now state that some fully vaccinated Americans should mask up indoors.

The revised guidelines will affect millions of Americans. A number of states with liberal Democrat governors, such as California and Nevada, have already reinstated mask mandates when going inside a building regardless of whether someone has been vaccinated or not. Americans are justifiably confused and angry over the development and everyone is wondering where the CDC’s data is from that determined this was necessary. Verbal justification isn’t cutting it for most people.

The CDC, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the White House are telling America that the CDC hasn’t changed, the virus has. They are continuing to insist that vaccinations are effective in warding off COVID but they are confusingly urging Americans to once again wear a mask indoors and at gatherings because of a risk of infection from the delta variant.

While states and cities are rushing to vaccinate their citizens, the CDC’s lack of clarity and transparency is causing some officials to balk at reinstituting masking.

“While the CDC issued their guidance yesterday at about 3 p.m., they have not yet released their scientific reports on the data that underlies their recommendation,” New York City Health and Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz stated during a Wednesday press conference alongside progressive Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“I think we owe it to New Yorkers to very carefully, as you say, review that information and understand its implications,” Katz posited. “Our focus has to be on getting people vaccinated.”

“We’re assessing the information. What really is important is to assess the research behind it. Which is what our team is doing,” de Blasio noted. “We’ve got to make sure we understand the ramifications and what makes sense to do.”

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky attempted to explain the reasoning for the CDC’s reversal on indoor masking for vaccinated people. She claimed it is because “in rare occasions, some vaccinated people infected with the delta variant after vaccination may be contagious and pass the virus to others.”

They “may be contagious,” Walensky confusingly asserted, because “the amount of virus” in vaccinated people infected by the delta variant “is pretty similar to the amount of virus in unvaccinated people.” It appears that the CDC fears that vaccinations will become ineffective as more variants emerge.

“The vast majority of transmission is occurring through unvaccinated individuals,” Walensky declared on Tuesday. She justified the CDC’s actions by saying “we thought it was important for [vaccinated] people to understand that they could pass the disease onto someone else.”

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“I think the implications [of the data] are that people who are vaccinated, even when they’re asymptomatic, can transmit the virus, which is the scientific foundation of why this recommendation is being made,” Fauci told The Washington Post. “You can make a reasonable assumption that vaccinated people can transmit the virus just like unvaccinated people can.”

The Associated Press is reporting that the supportive data for this claim has only emerged in the last couple of days. It was derived from over 100 samples from a number of states and from one other country that is unnamed. That data has not been released by the CDC to anyone so far. The new guidelines cited “unpublished data” that has been reviewed by its COVID-19 Response Team. The CDC isn’t commenting about the data for the mask reversal.

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw is claiming the data is connected to a rejected study from India that is not relevant in the United States because it involves a vaccine not approved here.

 

“They’re making a claim that people with Delta who are vaccinated and unvaccinated have similar levels of viral load, but nobody knows what that means,” said Gregg Gonsalves, who is an associate professor at the Yale School of Public Health. “It’s meaningless unless we see the data.”

It’s not just Republicans who are upset over the reversal either. New York Mayor de Blasio is joined by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in hesitating to bring back a mask mandate without seeing the data first. Even liberal media outlet CNN is questioning why vaccinated individuals are being forced to mask up once again.

Mask mandates have to be implemented at the state and local levels. Many Democrat governors and mayors rushed to resurrect mask mandates the minute the CDC came out with their ruling regardless of the data or the facts in the matter.

“I have stuck with CDC guidance throughout the pandemic and today is no different,” Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Quinton Lucas proclaimed. “I will return Kansas City to a mask mandate indoors based upon national and regional health guidance and discussion with other Kansas City leaders. I will provide further details in the morning.”

Despite what Democratic leaders are saying and doing in regards to mask mandates, Americans remain confused over the forced reimplementation of the practice since COVID vaccines are said to be extremely effective, prevent contagion of variants, and ward off hospitalization and death. They also greatly reduce the chance of transmitting the virus. Given all that, many are wondering exactly what is going on here and why everyone is being urged to mask up once more.

Americans are enraged over renewed mask mandates:

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