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According to MSN New, “CDC was too cautious about what vaccinated people can do, doctors say. Now pendulum has swung in the opposite direction

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“It was a little bit of whiplash for the American public in terms of them saying just a week before, ‘Keep your mask on,’ and then all of a sudden they’re saying now you can take them off,” Adams said. . . .

At first, the news sounded great: Fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear masks indoors, with just some exceptions, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

But most of the country is not fully vaccinated.  . . .

So while the CDC’s new guidance is scientifically sound, the messaging was botched, former US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said. . . .

Many public health officials told him “they are upset, they were blindsided by this new information,” Adams said. . . .

Emergency physician Dr. Leana Wen said the whiplash was particularly drastic because she said the CDC had been too careful in its guidance on what vaccinated people can do. In April, the CDC said fully vaccinated people can unmask at small outdoor gatherings and when dining outside with friends from multiple households.

Now, Wen said, the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction. The new guidance could essentially allow anyone to go mask-free indoors without proof of vaccination. And that kind of honor system might jeopardize others, including children under the age of 12 who can’t get vaccinated yet and adults who might be at more risk than they think. . . .

The honor system asking those who are not vaccinated to continue to wear masks is “not working,” Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Monday night.

Lucas said city leaders were “caught off guard” by the CDC’s announcement on masks last week. He said that their goal has been to align with the CDC on decisions and announcements. He said the situation is a challenge to enforce. . . .

The mayor said he wants the CDC to get back to the point of “encouraging those to get vaccinated rather than celebrating our newfound freedoms, because the honor system is not working here” or other parts of the country.

States differ in mask guidance

The CDC’s guidance has prompted state and local officials to look at their coronavirus restrictions. While some have adopted all or part of the guidance, others say they need more time to be ready, including getting higher vaccination numbers.

As of Monday, about 37% of Americans have been fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser said fully vaccinated people largely won’t face restrictions. . . .

DC still requires residents to wear masks at schools, health care facilities, transportation hubs, homeless shelters and correctional facilities. Bowser said passengers on public transportation must continue to wear them.

Bowser said residents should respect the rules put in place by businesses.

Washington will lift capacity limits and other restrictions for most businesses and public spaces effective at 5 a.m. Friday. Restrictions on nightclubs, sports stadiums and entertainment venues with greater than 2,500 capacity will be lifted June 11.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the state will adopt the CDC guidelines to not require masks or social distancing for vaccinated people, starting Wednesday. This means the outdoor dining curfew and most capacity guidelines will end, while the indoor food and beverage curfew will be lifted May 31. . . .

Cuomo did say unvaccinated people should still wear masks and masks will still be required of all people on public transit, in schools and some communal settings. . . .

Maryland’s mask mandate was lifted Friday but Baltimore is maintaining its version, according to Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, the city health commissioner. All residents and visitors to city businesses will still be required to wear masks while indoors and at outdoor venues, including stadiums, Dzirasa said.

New Jersey lifted its quarantine requirement for travelers from out of state, even as the state will continue requiring masks in indoor public spaces, Gov. Phil Murphy announced. . . .

Murphy is expected to sign an executive order that will lift the mandate for outdoor public spaces, which will be effective immediately.

Across the country, California plans to keep its mask mandate for indoor activities in place for another month before adhering to the new guidelines.

The state’s rules to wear a face covering will be dropped for fully vaccinated residents on June 15, Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly announced Monday. June 15 is also the date California plans to fully reopen all business sectors, and the next four weeks will give businesses time to prepare for the guidance change. . . .

Why fully vaccinated doctors will keep wearing masks

Adams, the Trump administration surgeon general, said his two teenage sons have been vaccinated, but his 11-year-old daughter is not yet eligible. . . .

Adams said he’ll also keep masking up “in those public settings where there may be a large number of people who aren’t vaccinated.”

One easy way to avoid a questionable honor system is “to know who’s vaccinated and who’s not vaccinated, and the unvaccinated folks would still be required to wear a mask,” said Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University.

But unfortunately, “this is where politics comes in.” . . .

‘Not everybody has to rip off their mask’

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the agency’s new guidelines don’t mean that every American who’s been vaccinated should take their masks off.

For example, Walensky said immunocompromised people and others at higher risk should consult with their physicians before deciding to stop wearing a mask. . . .

Walensky said different parts of the US have different vaccination and Covid-19 rates, and fully vaccinated people should take that into account deciding whether to mask up or not.

She said the CDC is asking businesses to make sure they help their employees get vaccinated.

And schools should keep their mask rules and other safety measures for at least the rest of this school year because many students will not be fully vaccinated in the next couple months, the CDC said.

The Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine last week to include children 12 to 15 years old. Children under the age of 12 are not yet eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccine in the US.

Research suggests vaccines protect against variants found in India

The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus vaccines appear to offer protection against the B.1.617 and B.1.618 variants first identified in India, researchers from New York University reported in a new pre-print paper that has not yet been peer-reviewed.

Based on lab experiments involving cell cultures, the B.1.617 and B.1.618 variants seem to be partially resistant to the antibodies elicited by vaccination, according to the paper posted Sunday to the online server biorxiv.org.

But more research is needed to determine just how effective the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are against those variants in the real world. . . .

According to The Blaze, “President Joe Biden on Monday warned Americans that those who refuse to get vaccinated will ultimately “end up paying the price” for not doing so. . . .

What are the details?

Fox News reported Biden declared during a news conference that COVID-19 cases “are down in all 50 states” and announced that the U.S. would now send more coronavirus vaccines to other countries.

After noting that COVID-19 deaths are down 81% in the U.S. from a year ago, the president said, “I can’t promise that will continue this way. We know there will be advances and setbacks and we know that flareups could occur. But if the unvaccinated get vaccinated, they’ll protect themselves and other unvaccinated people around them. . . .

What was the reaction online?

Reactions to Biden’s message on Twitter were mixed.

“Im getting the vax but imma be real this makes me not want to lmao,” one person wrote.

Someone else tweeted, “If trump had said this, there’d have been cries for impeachment and tyranny. I’m not saying you gotta be a trump person, or a biden person. But at least recognize the hypocrisy and pavlovian conditioning the media is putting you through.” . . .

Yet, some praised the president’s comments. One person tweeted, “I still don’t see how anyone is even the slight bit skeptical, look at India right now and tell me you’d rather just not get the vax because some Facebook post said they’re putting tracking chips in the vax, like they track us already we always have our cellphones with us so what.” . . .

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(Excerpt from MSN News and The Blaze. Photo Credit: Canva.)

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May 19, 2021

I would side with the science and scientists behind “The Great Barrington Declaration”, Doctors on the Front Lines, Attorney Reiner Fuellmich, Dr. Ericsson from California et al. who advocate a “focused protection” approach to the pandemic. That they are being censored rather than debated openly reveals to me that there is some ulterior motive behind much of this. God is still in control in spite of how things appear. He wants us to be healthy: 3 John1:2 – “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” I want that too! It saddens me that people think that the sound arguments behind the “focused protection” approach is foolish. It seems people are being very close-minded and not researching for themselves. I will continue to praise the Lord for His great victory over sin and eternal life. Hallelujah! Though the evil doers flourish, they are doomed to destruction forever. Psalm 92:7. You…will see the recompense of the wicked. Psalm 91:8. Praise the Lord, all you children of the Lord!

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