What to know about CDC's mask removal guidance

Dr. Ashish Jha discusses the confusion over the CDC’s new advice on masks for fully vaccinated individuals and how to continue taking steps to stay safe.
1:59 | 05/17/21

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Eva pilgrim, thanks very much. Let's bring in our friend Dr. Ashish jha. Let me start off by having you respond to that criticism from the nurse's union saying this decision by the CDC is not based on science, and this could endanger frontline workers. Good morning, George. Thanks for having me on. I think the CDC's recommendation -- there are a couple of parts of this. One is they're urging more people to get vaccinated which of course, I agree with. Second is they're saying if you are fully vaccinated, you are safe and I agree with that. The problem is how it's being implemented. The states that are lifting mask mandates are doing so for vaccinated and unvaccinated people. That's why I think the lifting of the mask mandates right now is unwise. We should wait a little bit longer until more Americans get the vaccine. You're vaccinated, but you say you'll continue to wear a mask inside places like the grocery store. Look. It's not more personal issues alone. I think I'm pretty safe when I go into a grocery store. There are two issues. If there are a lot of unvaccinated people unmasked, it poses a little bit of a threat. Not much. Not enough to make me concerned, but the second issue is there are a lot of people in my state and states across the country that are not yet fully vaccinated that are still in the process, and I think we should wear masks for them, and so therefore I'm really doing it as a way to encourage other people to wear masks just for a little bit longer, another three to four weeks, until more people are vaccinated. The CDC also says schools should continue to mask until the rest of the school year, and they'll update the guidelines for next school year.what should we expect? We should expect is a differentiation between vaccinated and unvaccinated older kids who will hopefully be vaccinated by the fall, they can be expecting more relaxation of the issue will be the younger kids, and they will likely not have been vaccinated by the fall, and the question for the CDC really will be do they recommend continuing masking or can we relax those standards as well? Dr. Ashish jha. Thank you as always.

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