May 27, 2021 — The CDC’s new, more relaxed mask guidance for fully vaccinated people was met with joy and relief by many US residents. But according to new WebMD/Medscape poll results, the May 13 announcement has the medical community divided as to whether it was the right move.
Of the 660 US doctors polled, 57% said the CDC had jumped from the gun by relaxing premature restrictions. Other medical professionals took a similar position, with 63% of the 1,330 nurses agreeing that the mask shift happened too soon.
CDC They say Those vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to wear masks or social distance, regardless of the place or size of the gathering. There are some exceptions, including public transportation, hospitals, homeless shelters and prisons.
CDC director Rochelle Valensky, MD, said three large studies of how well COVID-19 Vaccines working against the original virus and its variants helped inform them New guidance. A study from Israel found Vaccination To be 97% effective against symptomatic infections.
But many doctors and public health experts say vaccination rates are just not high enough.
“CDC should not have lifted the ban without requiring proof of vaccination,” tweeted Carlos Del Rio, MD, an infectious pathologist and executive associate dean at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. “They could have said: It is still reasonable to continue masking in places where non-vaccinated and vaccinated people are mixing, such as grocery stores.”
Epidemiologist and health economist Eric Feigl-Ding, PhD, tweeted A similar rejection: “Not pleased at all – in a sharp shift from previous advice, the CDC said Thursday that vaccinations could stop wearing masks altogether or maintain social distance in most indoor and outdoor settings, shaped. regardless, regardless of others. Too quickly.”
Others remain concerned about more vulnerable communities struggling with access issues that are still unsafe.
“If black communities in the United States had a vaccination rate (about 27%), I don’t think the CDC would have changed the masking guidelines,” Tweeted Pediatrician Rhea Boyd, MD. “We should change the guidelines when it is fair and safe for those who have been made the most vulnerable, not for those who are least.”
Non-medical professionals are also divided on the issue. Of the 2,140 WebMD readers, 49% said the changes came too quickly, and 51% said they would continue to wear masks in all indoor public places. A total of 19% said they would not wear a mask in public at all – coincidentally the same percentage of respondents who showed no interest in getting COVID-19 Vaccination.
National Nurses United, the largest union of registered nurses in the United States, issued a statement saying the change puts people, especially front-line workers, at risk.
Bonnie Castillo, a registered nurse and executive director of the union, said, “This latest CDC guidance is not based on science, does not protect public health, and puts the lives of patients, nurses and other frontline workers at risk across the country.” ” “Now is not the time to relax protective measures, and we are outraged that the CDC has done the same while we are still in the midst of the deadliest Universal epidemic in a century.”