An employee of a New York travel agency said: “Up to now, masks are very important, and suddenly they no longer exist.” “How do we know who has been vaccinated and who hasn’t? They want to know
Remove recommendations from U.S. health authorities from recommendations Face mask For those Was vaccinated against covid-19 To the surprise of local officials, experts and American companies, this Friday sparked a fierce quarrel. debate And a lot of confusion.
Even in Congress, there are disputes. When some participants were asked to take off their masks, even though President Joe Biden had exhorted them the day before, those who like to keep masks should be “treated with kindness and respect.”
Following the announcement by the highest federal public health agency on Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), practice will quickly become consistent with theory.
At first glance, the guide may seem simple, but in a country that has long been the epicenter of the pandemic and the debate about the use of masks has become rampant, it raises a series of questions. A year ago, on the issue of party affiliation.
The CDC’s recommendations are not binding, and its decision depends on instructions from state and local authorities or businesses and stores.
They do not apply to Public transportation including airplanes and hospitals.
This situation puts employers and local officials in a dilemma: to choose between the scientific authorities’ recommendations and Americans’ concerns, and Americans’ concerns still plague the virus, which has been hit hardest by the pandemic in the country. , More than 580,000 people died.
on new YorkBut in Washington, officials also made a short statement that they would “study” the new proposal.
Signs of confusion from the first lady, Jill BidenOn Thursday, I took off my masks when I went to the vaccination center (“We feel naked!” she shouted), and put on the ubiquitous protective device at a museum in the capital the next day.
In other places, the collage of rules is also: Minnesota and Pennsylvania, Effective obligations will be updated immediately. In Connecticut, the new rules won’t apply until next week.
on Texas The recommendation won’t change much in the end: in March, the requirement to wear masks dropped…even for people who have not been vaccinated.
Supermarket chains have also aroused people’s suspicion, many of which have put forward the obligation to use masks for all customers.
The companies contacted by Agence France-Presse are divided: In the General Motors plant, the mask is still valid for the time being to “study” the new proposal. The same is true for Walgreens Pharmacy. On the contrary, the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas may eliminate it.
In the United States, the national “health passport” has been explicitly excluded. “That’s why they may continue to be needed Masks in the shop“He predicted.
Most scientists who have long believed that health advice is too cautious have appreciated the new statement.