Wednesday, July 28, 2021

CDC Recommends New Indoor Mask Mandates, Including in Schools; Multiple Republican Governors Reject CDC Mask Guidance Renewal, and other C-Virus related stories

CDC recommends new indoor mask mandates, including in schools:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines Tuesday that recommend indoor-mask mandates even for fully vaccinated people in areas experiencing spikes in COVID-19 cases.
The agency said it also is now urging everyone in K-12 schools to wear a mask when they return to class, regardless of vaccination status.
“In areas with substantial and high transmission, CDC recommends fully vaccinated people wear masks in public, indoor settings to help prevent the spread of the Delta variants and protect others,” agency Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a press briefing.
“Children should return to full time in-person learning in the fall with proper prevention strategies,” Walensky added.
The new recommendations mark a change of course for the agency after it gave the green light in May for vaccinated people to ditch their masks in most settings.
It comes amid the spread of the highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant, which has driven surges of the virus across the country and now comprises around 83 percent of cases nationwide, according to the CDC.
“Information on the Delta variant from several states and other countries indicates that in rare occasions, some vaccinated people infected with a Delta variant… may be contagious and spread the virus to others,” Walensky said. --->READ MORE HERE
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Multiple Republican Governors Reject CDC Mask Guidance Renewal:
Multiple Republican governors rejected the CDC’s mask guidance renewal Tuesday that recommends some vaccinated individuals in locations with greater rates of infection, as well as everyone in K-12 schools, resume mask-wearing in certain indoor venues.
Republican Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts published statement Tuesday titled, “Nebraska’s Return to Normal Won’t Be Interrupted by New CDC Guidance.” Ricketts wrote that schools in his state will conduct in-person learning this fall without mask or vaccine constraints. He implied that the CDC’s continual contradictory advisories are exacerbating hesitancy among those who have chosen to abstain from the shot.
“The CDC’s new guidance suggesting that vaccinated people wear masks indoors flies in the face of the public health goals that should guide the agency’s decision making. The CDC announcement only furthers the distrust many have with the CDC and does not help to encourage more people to get the vaccines that are helping bring the pandemic to a conclusion. The State of Nebraska will not be adopting their mask guidance,” Ricketts declared. --->READ MORE HERE
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