CDC reverses course: No more masks for fully vaccinated

CDC’s guidelines signal beginning of post-pandemic life in America

DOSE OF HOPE: Lillian Ranney, 12, receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 shot from Rhode Island Air Force National Guard Lt. Col. Barbara Webster at a mass vaccination site. Lillian will be able to ditch her mask two weeks after her second dose. ASSOCIATED PRESS

BY TOM HOWELL JR. AND EMILY ZANTOW THE WASHINGTON TIMES

My cmnt: Well it’s about damn time. This absurd political theater by the democrats and their quack doctors has long since ceased to be amusing. Read this post on this website – U.S. has already reached herd immunity. Keeping masks on was always about control and manipulation and never about the science. Masks and Lockdowns were to destroy President Trump’s greatest economy ever and steal an election by allowing unregulated, unverified mail-in ballots to be dumped in the wee hours of the morning the day after the election. I have posted dozens of articles on this site under Covid-19, Masks and Democrat Corruption that document all of this.

My cmnt: No one, outside of the upper echelons of the democratic cabal, knows what really prompted this abrupt admission of the facts. The dems had hoped to ride this mask-querade thru the 2022 elections, now they will have to come up with some other voting scheme (like the HR.1 bill to federalize all elections and guarantee fraud) to steal the next election.

My cmnt: Maybe Dr. Fraud Fauci, working as he already has with the Chinese Wuhan Virus Factory, will release another epidemic – sure to be worse than this one – to totally and permanently ruin free America.

My cmnt: Originally faux-president O’Biden and his handlers were set to pan the vaccines created by the brilliant work and effort of President Trump in his operation Warp Speed. But this would have created all sorts of issues with denying the science as they have been doing with HCQ, masks, lockdowns, et al. So they abruptly and with little fanfare decided to take credit for the production of the highly effective vaccines, make sure they were widely distributed at taxpayer expense, and pretend that herd immunity can never happen except with mass vaccination with an expensive vaccine. Since America had already reached herd immunity without the vaccine it was imperative that they push vaccination very quickly and en masse to take credit for it and give them an excuse to declare the pandemic over without looking like the baboons they are.

My cmnt: How does a vaccine work? It presents a (generally) safe (and often dead) level of a virus to a person to activate his immune defenses against the virus. This is precisely why many people who get vaccinated for Covid-19 start to feel sick. But mostly in a couple of days they get over it and feel fine. Now they are immune to Covid-19. This vaccination process mimics herd immunity. For the vast majority of healthy people below the age of 80 they will, as they continue to live their normal lives (i.e., do not shelter in place, do not wear a mask), encounter a low dose of the virus, show no symptoms, develop antibodies against the virus and in essence are vaccinated.

My cmnt: Covid-19 would have run its normal viral course, as we protected the truly vulnerable – which does NOT include children and most people under the age of 50 – and the country would have developed herd immunity (as all of Sweden did without devastating lockdowns) and the democrats would NOT have been able to ignore voting laws and send out mass dumps of mail-in ballots using Covid-19 as the excuse and would have lost the presidential election and the Senate.

My cmnt: This was the real purpose behind the unprecedented push for Covid-19 testing. Every time someone, usually with zero symptoms, tested positive (and many of those tests were false positives) for the virus the democrat-media complex could declare another ‘case’ and demand the person stay home from work and quarantine for 14 days. This lie created panic among the ignorant and simple-minded people who typically vote democrat and even the college-educated liberals who also mindlessly vote democrat and allowed the democrat overlords to continue to hype the virus and state that “we’re all gonna die”.

Fully vaccinated people can ditch their masks and ignore physical distancing both outdoors and indoors, the Biden administration said Thursday in a dramatic shift for a federal team that has been panned as overly cautious and a drag on the return to normal life.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said more than one-third of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated and protected from the coronavirus, so they can to start doing the things they gave up more than a year ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Today is a great day for America in our long battle with the coronavirus,” a maskless President Biden said from the White House Rose Garden. “I think it’s a great milestone.”

Relaxed mask rules do not apply to health care settings — such as hospitals or doctor’s offices — or in homeless shelters or jails. And masks still will be required on means of public transportation such as planes, trains and buses.

My cmnt: Oh, of course. We have to continue to pretend (like hanging garlic around our necks) that anything short of a hermetically sealed respirator can actually stop an airborne virus. Either the vaccine works or does not. Proximity matters not. Do or do not, there is no try. The only thing a mask does is (maybe) catch spittle from the inconsiderate slob who coughs or sneezes on everyone because he or she does not carry and use a clean handkerchief or Kleenex to cough or sneeze into.

My cmnt: If the worthless CDC wants to mandate something worthwhile then issue a sneeze test and anyone who cannot tell when he or she is about to blow a disgusting sneeze all over everyone within 30 feet then he or she must continue forever to wear a mask when in a public setting. Now that would be actually doing something useful and preventative.

My cmnt: Let’s also continue the forehead temperature checks. Inconsiderate super-spreaders of colds and flu (viral diseases) who show up at work, school and everywhere else with a temperature and are sick should continue to be denied admittance to a public setting.

But the revised guidance marked a watershed moment in the long-running pandemic.

“I’m excited,” said Kirby Poelstra, 24, of Silver Spring, Maryland. “I also feel like a lot of people have kind of developed a security surrounding the mask, so it’s going to be a little weird to take it off.”

The Montgomery County teacher said she has been fully vaccinated for a while and the new rules are another step toward normalcy.

Another Silver Spring resident, 64-year-old Patti Deporter, was maskless while walking her small white dog around her neighborhood. She thinks the new rules are “great.”

Despite being fully vaccinated, Ms. Deporter said she still wants to be

cautious in certain situations.

“I will still probably continue to wear one inside with people I don’t know, certainly, [and at] crowded outdoor activities like a baseball game,” said Ms. Deporter, who works as a public accountant.

The guidance sparked visible changes at the White House. Senators and President Biden took their masks off during a meeting on infrastructure, said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia Republican.

First lady Jill Biden and Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, marveled at the sudden change as they toured West Virginia with actress Jennifer Garner to promote vaccinations for adolescents.

“We felt free, for the first time,” Mr. Manchin said, referring to the maskless flight from Washington.

“We felt naked, right?” Mrs. Biden said, before pausing: “I didn’t mean it THAT way.”

“We felt free,” Mr. Manchin reiterated. Masks have been a political lightning rod since the CDC recommended their widespread use in April 2020, citing the extent of the asymptomatic spread of the virus. Government scientists insisted masks were helpful in catching potentially infectious droplets that spew from people’s noses and mouths, though some viewed face coverings and the mandates regarding their use as a sinister symbol of government overreach.

Either way, widespread acceptance of the practice was rather breathtaking: Government officials told millions of Americans with no culture of maskwearing to cover their faces in public, and many of them did for more than a year.

Mr. Biden credited Americans for their resilience in the face of a pandemic that has killed more than 580,000 people in the U.S. and pushed many out of their jobs.

“So many lives upended, and so many months that our kids couldn’t be in school,” he said.

The CDC on Thursday said people should follow any state or local rules on mask wearing and adhere to requirements at workplaces and local businesses, although the updated guidance will likely prod entities to rethink strict rules now that more than 35% of the U.S. population and 45% of Americans age 18 or older are fully vaccinated.

A person is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the one-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson or the second dose of a vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.

Mr. Biden said people who don’t meet that criteria should mask up.

“It’s not an enforcement thing, we’re not going to go out and arrest people,” he said. He also asked people to respect those who continue to wear masks.

Indeed, it will be difficult to know for sure who is vaccinated and who is not, so it is possible or even likely that people who aren’t vaccinated will take advantage of the shift by dropping their masks instead of rolling up their sleeves for the vaccine.

Conversely, the guidance should help vaccinated people who have been hesitant to take off their face coverings outside, particularly in blue states, out of fear of public judgment.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky emphasized the latter group, saying she had a duty to advise people who got vaccinated as data pours in.

“This guidance is really just for individuals who are vaccinated and what they can do — safely do,” Dr. Walensky said. “We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy. Based on the continuing downward trajectory of cases, the scientifi c data on the performance of our vaccines, and our understanding of how the virus spreads, that moment has come for those who are fully vaccinated.”

She downplayed the idea that CDC experts whisked out the guidance to get vaccine-hesitant people off the sidelines. Even so, critics of the administration have scolded Mr. Biden’s team, saying its cautious approach depressed interest in the shots — if nothing changes, why get vaccinated?

“Today’s announcement on masks, while overdue, is certainly a step in the right direction, and I am pleased to see the CDC finally take action to align its guidance with the recommendations of scientific experts,” said Sen. Susan M. Collins, Maine Republican.

Public health experts also praised the move.

“I think the guidance reflects the science and is very welcome. Vaccinated people do not pose a threat to others — including unvaccinated children — in the manner an unvaccinated person does,” said Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

Dr. Walensky said COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be at least 90% effective at preventing disease in the real world and people who get immunized are far less likely to spread the virus. The rolling average of cases is down to 36,000 per day from an apex of 250,000 in January, while deaths are down to 630 per day from an average of 3,000 during the peak.

The vaccines have performed well against known variants of the virus, prompting the CDC to say the body of science demanded the change.

Also Thursday, Americans ages 12 to 15 started to receive the Pfizer vaccine after federal regulators and advisers greenlighted the shots for adolescents earlier in the week.

“If you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet, now is the time,” Biden coronavirus adviser Andy Slavitt said.

Dave Boyer contributed to this report.

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