The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated there may be “no problem” for fully vaccinated Americans to continue to wear face masks — regardless of the company insisting it might all the time “follow the science” and being ripped for its already complicated messaging on face coverings.
During a White House coronavirus briefing Friday, CDC director Rochelle Walensky gave a puzzling reply when requested about individuals who will not be psychologically prepared to go mask-free.
Instead of emphasizing the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines and standing by the CDC’s new steering that Americans can ditch masks in almost all situations, the scientist gave some extra combined messaging.
“For 16 months we’ve been saying that it’s important to wear these masks to protect yourselves and now what we’re saying is it’s going to be hard to get back to life as we know it without these masks,” she stated throughout the digital briefing.
“We specifically have acknowledged that if you are vaccinated there is no shame, no problem in continuing to wear your mask — and just like it has been hard to have everybody get masked, I think this is going to take some time for us all to get used to.”
Last week, the CDC launched new steering, saying that anybody who’s fully vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 can “participate in indoor and outdoor activities – large or small — without wearing a mask or physically distancing.”
But the steering sparked confusion across the country — as some states refused to observe the recommendation, leaving residents and companies unclear about what’s and isn’t protected to do.
Still, Walensky insisted Friday that “the science said it was safe to do so” however “we also acknowledge that not everybody is going to feel like it’s time to rip off their masks.”
The nation’s high infectious illness professional, Dr. Anthony Fauci, echoed his peer’s feedback throughout the briefing, saying that the resistance to cease masking up by some vaccinated individuals is “not irrational.”
“It’s understandable when you’re used to a certain type of behavior,” Fauci stated, including, “You can understand that when people have been following a certain trend for a considerable period of time that it may take time for them to adjust.”
To date, greater than 160 million Americans — or 48.2 % of the US inhabitants — have obtained at the very least one vaccine dose, whereas greater than 126 million Americans – or 38.1 % of the inhabitants — have been fully inoculated, in accordance to the CDC.
The nation’s present seven-day common of recent coronavirus circumstances is down by 19 % from the prior seven-day interval at about 27,700 new circumstances per day, Walensky stated, noting that it marks the second consecutive day the place the seven-day common of recent circumstances was lower than 30,000.
“The last time the seven-day average of cases was this low was June 18, 2020,” she stated.
The CDC chief additionally confirmed an encouraging graphic, visually emphasizing the stark progress the nation has made in reducing transmission even simply this 12 months.
The first map of the nation, dated January 2, 2021, is a sea of purple, indicating excessive or sustained neighborhood transmission throughout the majority of the US — whereas the comparability map dated May 19, 2021, is generally inexperienced, indicating low neighborhood transmission.
Meanwhile, the present seven-day common of nationwide COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped to about 3,400 — a lower of virtually 15 % % from the earlier seven-day interval, CDC knowledge exhibits.
Coronavirus every day deaths in the US additionally proceed to decline, with a present seven-day common of 498, in accordance to the knowledge.
“As each week passes and as we continue to see progress, these data give me hope,” Walensky stated.