Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday that their recommendations for masking were “crystal clear.”
Walensky said, “I think we have so many more tools now than a year ago. We have so much that works against SARS-CoV-2, and that’s what causes COVID, regardless of the variants we’ve seen before. I think getting a lot of immunity right now will be of critical importance. By blanking out right now, we have 80% of our cases from our counties that are still at a substantial higher disease risk with Delta. Doing all of these things will help prevent a more aggressive Omicron power surge. “
Anchor Martha Raddatz said: “And the masking, but President Biden made it clear, before we even knew anything, that a mask warrant would not return.”
Walensky said: “The CDC’s recommendations have been clear. We recommend masking in public places, indoors, in areas that have high or substantial transmission, and that’s over 80% of our counties right now. So, of course, these mandates and demands are going to happen at the county level, at the decision-maker level, but our recommendations have been crystal clear. “
Raddatz said, “Would you rather see a nationwide mandate?
Walensky said, “I’d rather see people get vaccinated, boosted and follow our recommendations, and rather not have any requirements to do so. People should do it for themselves.
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