Despite having been vaccinated for the coronavirus, President Joe Biden continues to wear a mask with groups of other people who have been vaccinated, and even outdoors, in spite of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) most recent guidelines.
According to Biden administration advisor Anita Dunn, Biden continues to wear a mask as an “extra precaution,” the New York Post reported.
“You know, we do take some extra precautions for him because he is the president of the United States,” Dunn said during an appearance Sunday on CNN.
Last week, the CDC released new guidance for people who have been vaccinated.
The CDC guidance states that if you have been “fully vaccinated:”
You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart
You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people of any age from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks or staying 6 feet apart, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
You can gather or conduct activities outdoors without wearing a mask except in certain crowded settings and venues.
“I think the President takes the CDC guidelines very seriously, and he’s always taken his role as sending a signal to follow the science, very seriously as well,” Dunn said.
However, despite this new guidance, Biden has continued to wear a mask, calling it a “patriotic responsibility” and “small precaution.”
Critics have questioned why the president seems to be actually be ignoring the science by continuing to wear a mask outdoors, as well as not following the CDC guidelines which the White House has promoted.
“I’m in trouble”
Later in the interview, Dunn suggested that Americans probably ought not to follow Biden’s lead on this one. “I would say that people should follow the CDC guidelines and they should take advantage of getting the vaccine, getting fully vaccinated and taking that mask off, particularly as the weather grows so beautiful,” she said. “As we move forward I think that you will see more and more people enjoying that freedom, getting the vaccine, and realizing it’s one big step towards normalcy in this country.”
Biden also made news regarding his mask-wearing following an outdoor drive-in car rally in Georgia last week.
At the end of his speech, First Lady Jill Biden reminded him to put his mask on, but he couldn’t find it.
“I’m looking for my mask,” Biden said. “I’m in trouble.”