The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found itself under fire after issuing its latest guidance on face masks.
Fox News reports that many are now criticizing the CDC for not releasing the data upon which it’s basing its recommendation that Americans in a number of states — including those who are fully vaccinated — resume mask-wearing practices, even indoors.
CDC: Mask back up
The CDC said those who live in areas of the country where coronavirus transmissibility rates are high should go back to wearing masks in nearly all cases.
The problem? That’s basically the whole country.
In short, the CDC is telling Americans to mask back up, a move that’s coming less than a month after President Joe Biden’s July 4th goal for when families would be able to gather maskless in light of COVID-19.
Of course, this isn’t the first time the CDC has caused confusion with its recommendations amid the pandemic. And as Fox notes, the agency isn’t doing itself any favors by falling short of transparency when it comes to its latest guidance.
A spokesperson for the CDC reportedly stated that the agency anticipates being able to release that information “soon.” In the meantime, however, Americans have been left in limbo.
What is the CDC hiding?
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has provided at least a partial explanation for the CDC’s mask recommendation.
According to Fox, she explained this week that “rare occasions, some vaccinated people infected with the delta variant after vaccination may be contagious and pass the virus to others.” Walensky said this is because “the amount of virus” in a vaccinated person carrying the delta variant is “pretty similar” to the amount in an unvaccinated person carrying the variant.
The Associated Press has claimed that the CDC reached this conclusion after examining over 100 samples from various states.
Walensky claimed, however, that part of the purpose of the mask recommendation was to help vaccinated people “understand that they could pass the disease onto someone else.”
Now, many are expressing concerns that renewed mask mandates — particularly for vaccinated individuals — would only slow rates of new vacciations. It is for this reason that even some Democratic leaders are hesitating to follow the CDC’s advice on this one.