U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is now recommending that all fully vaccinated individuals wear face masks not only indoors, but also outdoors as well! He wants us to do this in order to protect the unvaccinated, but when is it all going to end? Murthy made this suggestion when he appeared on MSNBC, where he said that the fully vaccinated individuals that wore masks indoors and outdoors were taking an “extra step” of protection in order to protect the unvaccinated individuals they come in contact with.
MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell asked Murthy about the possibility about “breakthrough cases”, and she was specifically referring to the possibility of a fully vaccinated person becoming infected with COVID-19 and spreading the virus to the unvaccinated individuals, such as those who are young children or adults who are immunocompromised.
“So the people that we’re most concerned about are the unvaccinated,” Surgeon General Murthy noted after the cable TV host asked that question. “For example, if you happen to have a lot of interaction with folks who are unvaccinated, let’s say you’re a parent like me who has young children at home who are not vaccinated, that’s a circumstance where we’re being extra cautious and wearing that mask even if you’re fully vaccinated, wearing it outside, when you’re in indoor public locations, is an extra step to protecting those at home.”
“I want to emphasize though that if you are vaccinated the likelihood of having a breakthrough infection is still low because, again, the vaccines are working to help prevent infection, particularly serious infection,” The Surgeon general said Wednesday. “But in the unusual event that a breakthrough does happen, we know transmission can take place.”
“So that’s why, especially when you have a lot of virus circulating in a community, it’s important to take that extra step, go that extra mile, wear that mask in indoor settings, outside the house, so you don’t contribute to transmission,” the surgeon general said.
Mitchell brought up the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new guidance that vaccinated people need to wear masks indoors in high transmission areas, and asked Murthy if the new recommendation would hurt efforts to get more Americans vaccinated.
Murthy said vaccines “save lives, they reduce severe disease extraordinarily successfully, and they reduce the likelihood that you will get sick and transmit the virus to others.”
This is when Mitchell brought up to the Surgeon General the plan from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that called for vaccinated people to continue wearing masks indoors in high-transmission areas on the off-chance that they would keep COVID at bay. She was primarily wondering if this would hurt efforts to get more Americans vaccinated.
Surgeon General Murthy replied that he still believed that vaccines “save lives, they reduce severe disease extraordinarily successfully, and they reduce the likelihood that you will get sick and transmit the virus to others.”
Murthy also noted that this new CDC guidance isn’t going to “erase the extraordinary progress that we have made and this extra layer of protection with the masks will help us to reduce the further threat of the Delta virus simply because of the fact that this is a terribly contagious version.”
Murthy’s announcement comes on the heels of several major cities and a few states that have already adopted the CDC’s guidance standards and even reimplemented the face mask mandates, even for those Americans who are vaccinated.
Oh brother. I’m not sure how many of you will get this pop culture reference, but this whole entire episode is starting to make me feel like I’m Hank Hill on King of the Hill and I’m sparring with some weird government worker…..GAHHHHHH!