Former President Donald Trump administration's Surgeon General Jerome Adams is calling for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to rethink its mask guidelines. Due to the emergence of Delta variant and the dropping rates of vaccination, his notion was brought upon the surge in COVID-19 cases throughout the United States.
Adams formerly advised against the donning of face masks. In the previous week, he opened up on social media and confessed his remorse regarding the advisory last year. He said that Tony Fauci and he prematurely, publicly, and wrongly recommended against the use of face masks in 2020. He formerly felt it was a good call.
Wearing of Face Masks Again
The highly contagious Delta variant is becoming more and more prevalent, particularly among uninoculated US citizens. According to experts, it could be time for the majority of the nation to wear face masks again.
According to Dr. Leana Wen on Tuesday, compared to the previous month, they are at a distinct point in the pandemicat present. She then stated, "And, therefore, we should follow the example of LA County and say that if there are places where vaccinated and unvaccinated people are mixing, then indoor mask mandates should still apply," reported WTOP News.
Adams suggested on Wednesday for inoculated and uninoculated individuals to wear face masks in places where there are climbing COVID-19 cases yet inoculation rates are still low. This would be veering away from the CDC's declaration on May 13 indicating that fully inoculated people do not have to wear face masks indoors or outdoors, reported News Channel 21.
Recognizing His Wrong Advisory in 2020
Adams wrote in Washington Post that the agency needs to immediately revise its guidelines on the wearing of face masks in order to combat the rapidly rising novel coronavirus infections due to the Delta variant. Due to his wrong warning in 2020, he recognized that he is very much aware of how it is to be well-intentioned while bearing a wrong notion on masks. It can be recalled that he said there is no need for the public to mask up.
Last year Tony Fauci and I famously, prematurely, & wrongly advised against masks. I felt it was the best call at the time, but now regret it.— Jerome Adams (@JeromeAdamsMD) July 17, 2021
I’m worried the CDC also made a similarly premature, misinterpreted, yet still harmful call on masking in the face of ⬆️ delta variant.
During the weekend, Los Angeles County reimposed a mask mandate necessitating masking indoors regardless of the status of inoculation. According to the public health department, the county recorded on Wednesday a 20-fold increase in new novel coronavirus cases over the past month.
The former surgeon general stressed the importance of "vaxing it and masking it," urging people to wear protective gear as face mask and to get vaccinated.
Data from the CDC indicated that an estimated 28% of the population of the United States, which is over 91 million people, lives in a county regarded to have a great level of COVID-19 transmission.
Adams added that when the CDC loosened its mask guidelines, he initially regarded that the revised advisory could persuade more people to receive inoculation. He continued that it is clear that the message numerous Americans heard was that, inoculated or not, masks were gone for good.