South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said her state would not implement a mask mandate following a guidance reversal by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is now urging some fully vaccinated people to wear face coverings indoors. Used to be.
“CDC has changed its position again,” Noem wrote in a post on Twitter. “South Dakota cases remain low. If you are concerned with the virus, you are free to get vaccinated, wear a mask or stay at home. But we will not do anything mandatory.”
“And the CDC’s inconsistency doesn’t help the American people,” the Republican governor said, referring to the agency’s recent masking policy change, which came nearly 2 1/2 months after the CDC announced that a full-fledged vaccine The person wearing it was not required to wear it. Masks indoors because of the protection provided by vaccines.
Noem’s remarks come after the CDC on July 27 revised its guidance on masking citing the danger of the Delta version, with the agency now recommending fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in public places If they are in areas of “substantial or high transmission”. “
according to CDC, much of the country falls into that category, with one exception being the Upper Midwest, which includes South Dakota.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Valensky told reporters on a July 27 call that new data about outbreaks in several states and other countries “indicates that on rare occasions, some vaccinated people infected with the delta variant may be contagious after vaccination.” and spread the virus to others.”
Research shows that vaccinated people who contract the delta variant have the same viral load as non-vaccinated people, and vaccinated people can transmit the variant.
Valensky said that “this new science is worrying and warrants an update of our recommendations.”
“Unlike the alpha version that we had in May, where we didn’t believe that if you were vaccinated, you could transmit further, it’s different now with the delta version,” Valensky said.
The delta version of the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus that causes COVID-19 is listed by the CDC as a “type of concern” admits it To be more permeable and potentially more resistant to vaccines.
While CDC’s guidance is not binding, it is closely followed by health departments, businesses and other entities across the country, which often scrutinize enforceable policies according to agency recommendations.
Wearing a mask has become a hot-button issue amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with some questioning the efficacy of face coverings and others opposing mandates based on individual liberties. Advocates have taken a better-safer-sorry approach in the face of less efficacious studies on mask-wearing, while generally viewing the mandate as a minor inconvenience to help protect those who are infected. prone to serious complications.
Dozens of circumstantial studies suggest that masks work to prevent the spread of the CCP virus, although only one randomized control trial has been conducted during the pandemic made in denmark. The researchers found that “surgical mask wearing when outside the home did not reduce SARS-CoV-2 infection to conventional levels of statistical significance among others, compared to the recommended no mask.”
Senators in New Jersey recently held a hearing to explore the efficacy and negative effects of mask mandates in schools for children, concluding that scientific evidence does not support such mandates.
Zachary Steber contributed to this report.
The Epoch Times