“I’m going to stop here, I’ll lose the script and I’m going to think about the recurring feeling I have of the impending doom,” she said, her eyes glistening with tears. ‘We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential from where we are and so much reason for hope. But at the moment I’m scared. ”
Her passionate speech startled many people, perhaps not just her husband. “She’s not a screamer – if anything, I’m suffocated much more easily than she is,” he said. Her candor indicates her “sincere concern” about the state of the pandemic, he added. “She feels deeply the weight of half a million dead.”
On the day of her urgent plea, she appeared on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” where she said people had been vaccinated.does not carry the virus“- an overly optimistic statement that the CDC had to step back. Later in the week, new agency guidelines said vaccinated people could travel safely, but Dr. Walensky added that the agency does not actually want them to travel, an attitude that leaves some Americans confused.
The latest investigation, when dr. Walensky announced that vaccinated people may be mask-free indoors was supported by the latest research, scientists said. But many felt the agency had rushed the decision to end mask use without considering parts of the country where infections were still high, and without understanding the mistrust and cultural clashes that the new advice would bring.
“CDC managed medical and epidemiological science, but what they did not manage was behavioral science, communication and collaboration with other stakeholders,” said Dr. Gounder said. “It was a great oversight.”
Data since the announcement appear that Dr. Walensky proved correctly: Infections are still declining, even though a large part of the country is reopening at a strong pace. And as promised, the agency has provided more practical masking guidelines for institutions such as summer camps (mostly no) and public transportation (yes).
Dr. Walensky and the CDC declined to comment on how the mask recommendations were handled. But dr. Fauci said that he was of the opinion that some small mistakes were inevitable, and that dr. Walensky was a quick study.