Former surgeon general says CDC relaxing mask guidance is ‘premature’


Jerome Adams, Surgeon General in the Trump Administration, said, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The delta version is “prematurely” easing masking guidelines amid a rise in coronavirus infections.

“Last year Tony Fauci and I famously, prematurely, and unfairly advised against masks. I thought it was the best call at the time, but sorry for that now. I worry that the CDC also made a similarly premature, misinterpreted, yet damaging call on masking the front of the delta version.” Adams said in a series of postings on Twitter Saturday.

He said that the mask guidelines should be related to areas where coronavirus cases are increasing and vaccine rates are falling.

Adams made the remarks a day after the CDC’s current director, Rochelle Valensky, warned of an “unvaccinated epidemic” as the delta variant spreads across the country.

“We are seeing outbreaks of cases in parts of the country that have low vaccination coverage because unvaccinated people are at risk.”

People wearing protective masks cross a street in Midtown on March 27, 2021 in New York City.
People wearing protective masks cross a street in Midtown on March 27, 2021 in New York City.
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In Los Angeles County, a mandate went into effect Saturday that requires both vaccinated and unvaccinated people to wear masks indoors.

Adams attributed the confusion to the changing science around the novel coronavirus, which was first reported in China in December 2019.

“What Dr. Fauci and I said was based on the science and conditions of the time, and was for medical workers to ‘save medical masks (all of which were available).’ Both the terms and the science changed, but what people heard and held was that masks don’t work,” he said in another posting.

“What @CDCgov said was based on the science and conditions of the time, and ‘you’re safe if you wax it or mask it,'” Adams said. Delta versions) changed, but from what people heard and held, masks were no longer needed.”

He predicted that states would soon implement mask mandates like Los Angeles County that “conflicts with the mask guidance @CDCgov issued a month ago.”

“The sooner the CDC says we were wrong and hit the reset button, the better. Trust me – I know more than anyone,” he said.

Adams said that based on emerging data, the CDC should advise people to “wax and mask it” in areas with increased coronavirus cases and positivity rates.

“CDC had good intentions, but the message was misinterpreted, premature, and wrong. Let’s fix that,” he said.

Valensky said during a briefing on Friday that new infections rose 70 percent from the average of the previous seven days to about 26,300 cases.

At the same time, hospital admissions increased by 36 percent to about 2,790 per day, while deaths due to coronavirus increased by 26 percent to 211 per day.

According to CDCMore than 160 million Americans have been vaccinated, representing about 48 percent of the population.

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