Because of the surging Delta variant strain of COVID-19, the CDC is expected to revise its policies on the vaccinated and masks. This announcement is expected to happen around 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time according to CBS News.
Eric Feigl-Ding about peed his pants over his excitement about this recent announcement.
BREAKING—CDC reverses course—CDC is expected to recommend on Tuesday that people vaccinated for the coronavirus resume wearing masks indoors. The change follows reports of rising breakthrough infections with the #Deltavariant. ➡️ ABOUT DAMN TIME! #COVID19 https://t.co/VQeWOVviP3
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) July 27, 2021
As Fox reports:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to announce Tuesday that some vaccinated individuals resume wearing masks in certain situations to protect against COVID-19, reversing its earlier guidance that only unvaccinated individuals should wear face coverings.
A federal source confirmed the news to Fox News after reporting from the New York Times.
In May, the CDC announced that vaccinated individuals were not required to wear masks indoors or outdoors, or physically distance, while maintaining that unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks and socially distance.
At the time, the CDC still recommended that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks while in crowded indoor settings, such as riding public transportation and in hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters. The CDC told Fox News last week it had “no plans” to update its mask use recommendations.
In a nutshell, the expected CDC guidance change means that 1) if you’re vaccinated, you will be required to wear a mask both indoors and outdoors and encouraged to social distance; 2) if you’re unvaccinated, nothing has changed for you; the CDC will maintain its stance that vaccine-resistant disease vectors always be masked and socially distanced.
The Washington Post reported last week that the Biden administration was looking for an avenue to bring back the masks for everyone.
Top White House aides and Biden administration officials are debating whether they should urge vaccinated Americans to wear masks in more settings as the delta variant causes spikes in coronavirus infections across the country, according to six people familiar with the discussions.
The talks are in a preliminary phase and their result could be as simple as new messaging from top White House officials. But some of the talks include officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who are separately examining whether to update their masking guidance, according to a Biden administration aide and a federal health official.
Officials cautioned that any new formal guidance would have to come from the CDC, and they maintained that the White House has taken a hands-off approach with the agency to ensure they are not interfering with the work of scientists. But the high-level discussions reflect rising concerns across the administration about the threat of the delta variant and a renewed focus on what measures may need to be reintroduced to slow its spread.
Here’s the deal: The Delta variant is more contagious, it’s deadlier, and it’s spreading quickly around the world – leaving young, unvaccinated people more vulnerable than ever. Please, get vaccinated if you haven’t already. Let’s head off this strain before it’s too late. pic.twitter.com/9gBeRpvCe8
— President Biden (@POTUS) June 24, 2021
This comes a day after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made a big deal about following the CDC and medical experts for guidance.
Seems an awful lot like that North Star sits above 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and the CDC simply follows their guidance. Kind of like they did with the American Federation of Teachers on getting children back to school.
According to a study done in early July, the Delta variant is highly infectious, moreso than the novel Sars-CoV-2. States such as Missouri, Colorado, Utah, and Arkansas have seen record surges in cases, and Los Angeles County has reported a spike in cases, sparking the Los Angeles County Department of Health to reinstate its indoor mask mandate. What is not being fully reported is that a majority of those cases are “breakthrough“—fully vaccinated individuals who have contracted COVID-19, despite having the shots.
The legacy media and the Biden administration have been trying to pin the surge in cases on the unvaccinated, as my colleague Becca Lower reported. This, despite evidence to the contrary, including the Texas Democrats, who came to D.C. to protest voter suppression, and ended up being super spreaders.
As for people who went through the process of being vaccinated in order to be able to get rid of their mask following the CDC’s latest guidance? Well, good luck with that.
Here we go again. And you wonder why the vaccine hesitation. 🙄
— BRKLYNNY 🇺🇸🏳️🌈🟣 (@BRKLYNNY2) July 27, 2021
Wore an n95 for a year, fully vaccinated, no thanks.
— AdammitMayfieldTakeOffWithIt (@BrownsObsession) July 27, 2021