The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has once again reverted its stance on mask policy as “breakthrough” cases have been making waves, and those who’ve been vaccinated are still at risk for catching the novel coronavirus.
The CDC has now recommended that fully vaccinated people who reside in areas with significant or high spread use masks inside. The vast majority of the country now falls into that category, save the Northeast and sections of the Upper Midwest.
“This was not a decision that was taken lightly,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
Regardless of vaccination status, many people have been contracting the virus.
“When we examine the rare breakthrough infections, and we look at the amount of virus in those people, it is pretty similar to the amount of virus in unvaccinated people,” Walensky said.
She blames the recent mask recommendation on the new variant, “Unlike the alpha variant that we had back in May where we didn’t believe that if you were vaccinated, you could transmit further, this is different now with a delta variant.”
Essentially, the virus has “transformed,” and the vaccinations available aren’t doing the job they were designed to do.
With the new CDC guidance, the House of Representatives has reinstated their mandatory mask policy, issuing a hefty fine to anyone who doesn’t comply.
“For the Congress, representing a collection of individuals traveling weekly from various risk areas (both high and low rates of disease transmission), all individuals should wear a well-fitted, medical-grade filtration mask (for example, an ear loop surgical mask or a KN95 mask) when they are in an interior space,” said House Attending Physician Brian Monahan in a letter.
That means Nancy Pelosi’s decorative cloth masks don’t cut it, even though she’s been vaccinated.
The only explicit exceptions the doctor referenced were for those who are actively speaking, seeking recognition from a chair at a committee hearing, or those who are alone in a room.
“To be clear, for meetings in an enclosed US House of Representatives controlled space, masks are REQUIRED,” Monahan said. “Failure to wear a mask in the Hall of the House is subject to fines imposed for violation as contained in the previous House rule.”
Monahan also stated that “Despite the excellent protective value of the coronavirus vaccine in preventing hospitalization and death, there is still a possibility a fully-vaccinated individual could acquire infection in their nose and throat, mild symptoms, or the ability to transmit the coronavirus infection to others.”
Other places around the US have also reinstated their mandatory mask mandates as the numbers continue to climb.
Hopes that the vaccine was the solution are slowly beginning to fade as the new delta variant emerges.
The experimental vaccine is still not approved by the Federal Drug Administration, though the CDC still insists that the vaccine is highly effective. This, however, does not explain how people are getting sick despite their vaccination status.
The new technology is not all-inclusive, and reports have shown that although the vaccine may protect one from hospitalization and death from COVID, the vaccine itself comes with a plethora of side effects that include hospitalization and death.
Some are worried that the new mask mandate will undermine the vaccine’s effectiveness, but the issue is that the vaccine promised full coverage and — wouldn’t you know — didn’t deliver.
Perhaps they need more than a year or two of testing the experimental jab before they assume that it is the end-all-be-all.