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Stunning reversal: the CDC completely flips its position on masks

Eugene Adams

Photo by Anna Tikhonova on Unsplash

Los Angeles residents have been looking forward to the day when we can stop wearing masks everywhere. 

We took a massive step towards that today. 

In a stunning reversal, the CDC now says that fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear a mask in most situations. 

Note: Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks after receiving your second dose (one if J&J).

The day where Los Angeles starts to feel completely normal again is fast approaching. 

New Guidance 

According to the CDC Director Rochelle Walensky:

“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities large or small without wearing a mask or physical distancing. If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things you had stopped because of the pandemic. We have all longed for this moment, when we can get back to some sense of normalcy.”-Rochelle Walensky

The CDC released a new infographic showing what activities are safe for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. The vaccinated side is all green, meaning safe mask-free. 

Previous Guidance

Previous CDC guidance on masking confused many people. It differentiated activities based on many factors, including:

  • Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated
  • Indoor vs. Outdoor activities
  • Large vs. Small groups

Now it is much simpler. When vaccinated, you can stop wearing a mask in most situations. 

Why The Change?

The CDC is claiming the changes are simply due to new data. Current data shows the vaccines to be highly effective.

But, we have known that for a while now. In reality, the CDC finally seems to be realizing that its credibility is being questioned by many. 

Notoriously Slow

The CDC has been pathetically slow to update its guidance. 

Fomite transmission (transmission from surfaces) is an excellent example of this. 

Businesses all over Los Angeles obsessively cleaned surfaces due to the CDC’s fear-mongering about surfaces. It turns out that was mostly a waste of time and resources. 

Way back in the fall of 2020, research from Israel and Italy found that the virus couldn’t even be cultured from surfaces in hospital infectious disease units. 

Back in February, the editorial board of Nature strongly urged the CDC to update its guidelines

Despite the overwhelming evidence that surfaces were not as dangerous as initially thought, the CDC didn’t update their “guidance” until last month

Unsuccessful Scare Tactics

Not too long ago, Rochelle Walensky warned us all about “impending doom.”

“I’m going to pause here, I’m going to lose the script and I’m going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom. We have so much to look forward to. So much promise and potential of where we are and so much reason for hope. But right now I’m scared.”-Rochelle Walensky

That emotional fear-mongering was in response to states such as Florida and Texas lifting their mask mandates. Also, there was a spike in air travelers at that time

It turns out the “impending doom” never came to pass. 

Thankfully, the CDC seems to realize that those kinds of scare tactics don’t work any longer. 

Where to Still Wear Masks

There are several places the CDC still recommends vaccinated people wear masks:

  • Planes
  • Buses
  • Trains
  • Other forms of public transportation
  • Correctional facilities
  • Homeless shelters

My Thoughts

It’s better late than never. Most Los Angeles residents have known for a long time that Vaccines are effective. Thankfully, the CDC is finally catching on. 

Covid restrictions in Los Angeles have been slowly easing for some time now. However, people's behaviors have been changing even faster.

As you go around Los Angeles, you see fewer and fewer masks (especially outside) as more people get vaccinated. 

Once vaccinated, keep wearing your mask if you want to. Don’t wear your mask if you don’t (unless it’s a private business that requires a mask). 

But please, don’t be rude to people either way. If wearing a mask makes a vaccinated person feel more comfortable, they should be able to do it in peace. 

The same goes for vaccinated people who want to enjoy the fresh air without a mask, assuming you can find fresh air in Los Angeles. 

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