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CDC’s New Guidelines Too Cautious, Say Experts

The Centers for Disease Control and prevention announced its modified guidelines for fully vaccinated people.

The country is slowly moving back to normalcy. And it has put a step forward in this direction. CDC has published its new recommendations on the things fully vaccinated people can do without wearing a mask. They can avoid it during small outdoor gatherings or when dining out. They are free to mingle with friends from many households. Unvaccinated persons among them should wear a mask.

CDC’s New Guidelines Too Cautious, Say Experts

Experts, however, observe that these guidelines are too cautious.  These recommendations are not encouraging enough for the vaccine-hesitant Americans. There are also people who don’t wear masks in the situations mentioned above. CDC has not gone far enough, they say. It does not stress enough one fact. Vaccines work against coronavirus infection.

CDC’s New Guidelines Too Cautious, Say Experts

More than 42% of the people have received at least one dose of the COVID 19 vaccines. Up to 29% is fully vaccinated.

As per CDC guidelines, a fully vaccinated person is someone who has passed at least 14 days after receiving either any of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. The same applies to those who have received the J&J’s single-dose vaccine.

If the agency allows people to do anything after vaccination, that is the expression of confidence in it. But the message that fully vaccinated persons should wear mask in crowded places may appear confusing. It is akin to distrusting the vaccines. Health professionals in general don’t doubt their efficacy.

The country’s government and CDC always reiterate one thing. Vaccines are highly effective. At the same time, they recommend utmost caution. The number of coronavirus infections is still high here. And tens of millions of people remain unprotected even today against them.

According to officials, CDC’s job is not to exhort others to provide incentives to overcome vaccine hesitancy. Its job is to provide them.

The campaign for vaccination is now in its full swing. They are trying to educate the local communities on the need of getting vaccinated.

According to CDC, a fully vaccinated American is generally safe. Even then, he should wear a mask in crowded spaces where social distancing is not feasible. This applies to a situation when mingling with unvaccinated people. The agency will maintain these recommendations until the country reaches herd immunity.

Fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people should wear mask in indoor public places like movie theaters or malls. There exists no doubt about the efficacy of vaccines. But these viruses spread faster in indoor spaces. The country still has more than 50000 infections every day. Until 80% of the population is vaccinated and the cases start coming down, mask offers you the extra safety you need.

As more and more people get vaccinated, CDC may modify its guidelines accordingly. At present, the number of COVID 19 cases is still high in the nation. And there are millions who are not vaccinated. Thus masking indoors for both vaccinated and unvaccinated will work in their favor.

If you are vaccinated, the risk of getting an infection is quite low. But he agency wants everyone to wear mask in indoor spaces. As mentioned above, it will modify as vaccination gets widespread and the number of infections comes down.

The CDC shared some encouraging statistics in this regard on Tuesday:

As per the reports for the last week, the US has an average of over 53000 cases of coronavirus infections every day. The average is 20% lower than the previous week. Same is the trend with regard to hospitalizations. But hundreds of people are still dying here.

In the meantime, a coronavirus pill is being prepared. Pfizer is conducting the first phase of its trial at present. And it is going to be a game-changer in its true sense!

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