NIH Director: Mask guidance ‘mostly revolves around protecting the unvaccinated’
The new guidance for masks issued last week urging fully vaccinated people to wear a face covering indoors at coronavirus hotspots, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said Sunday, “is mostly about protecting the unvaccinated.” .
“Can you clarify this, do most vaccinated Americans need to wear masks indoors to protect themselves and other vaccinated Americans, or is this primarily about protecting unvaccinated Americans, including children under 12 or people Who refuse to get the vaccine? Host Jake TaberJacob (Jake) Paul TapperSimon Biles launches nationwide conversation on mental health Aly Raisman defends former teammate Bills: ‘I’m proud of her’ House Republican describes second round of COVID-19 as ‘much more difficult’ more asked Collins on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“It’s mostly about protecting the unvaccinated,” Collins replied, “which is where the real serious risks of disease are.”
“But the new news, and a lot of this is coming from that outbreak in Barnstable County, Massachusetts., is that vaccinated people are able to get the virus in their nose and throat, and they seem to have high enough levels of the virus that they may be contagious,” he said, referring to the outbreak. The disease is on Cape Cod.” Hence the reason why if you’re in a community where this virus is spreading, which is about 75 percent of counties right now, it’s wise to put on a mask, even if you’ve been vaccinated, just in case you’re someone spreading it.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced last week that people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 Masks must now be worn in “public and indoor spaces” in parts of the country with “significant” or “high” levels of transmission, essentially reversing May announcement that fully vaccinated individuals can refuse face coverings.
Agency officials pointed to data showing that fully vaccinated people could spread the highly contagious delta type when the new guidance is announced. The Delta variant has taken root in the United States, and has become the dominant breed in the country.
During a separate interview on ABC’s “This Week”, Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciSunday preview shows: Delta takes care of CDC instant mask update; Bipartisan infrastructure bill to address challenges in the Senate Israeli President Receives a Booster Shot for COVID-19 AstraZeneca CEO: ‘It’s not clear yet’ if reinforcements are needed moreAnd President BidenJoe BidenThe Supreme Court and the party blind ended the illusion of independent agencies Missed debt ceiling deadline begins high-risk battle Senate infrastructure talks extended into a rare session on Sunday moreOn Sunday, the State Department’s chief medical advisor said officials know that “people who are vaccinated, who are asymptomatic, and who have mild symptoms, can spread the infection.”
“The reality is that if you become infected, even if you don’t have symptoms, you can potentially infect someone else who may be at risk,” Fauci added. “So, in essence, you are trespassing on their individual rights.”
Breakthroughs, referred to as infections detected in individuals who have received full vaccinations, are still rare across the United States.
More than 164.2 million people have been fully vaccinated in the United States and only 125,682 cases of breach have been reported in 38 states, according to the data. Compiled by NBC News.
– Updated at 9:37 AM