From the LATimes newsletter thingie (emboldening is theirs):
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new recommendations that vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging. Scientists cited new information about the ability of the Delta variant to spread among vaccinated people.
The CDC also recommended indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.
The new guidance follows recent decisions in Los Angeles County and St. Louisto revert to indoor mask mandates amid a spike in coronavirus cases and COVID-19 hospitalizations, which are incredibly high in the South.
The country is averaging more than 57,000 cases a day and 24,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations. Most new infections and hospitalizations in the U.S. are among unvaccinated people.
But “breakthrough” infections, which generally cause milder illness, can occur in vaccinated people.
When earlier strains of the coronavirus predominated, infected vaccinated people were found to have low levels of the virus and were deemed unlikely to spread the virus much, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said.
But with the more transmissible Delta variant, “it is concerning enough that we feel like we have to act,” Walensky said regarding a return to wearing masks.
Personally, I think that instead we should have a vaccine mandate, which President Handsome Joe Biden is going to call for, sometime today (allegedly). And that ought to send the Hell Mice of the Keyboards to type angry blog posts. The thing is, the president cannot demand that citizens do anything. However, he can order the Federal Employees of the Executive Branch to be vaccinated, you know, if they want to keep their jobs. Some might not.
Anyway, be prepared to put your masks back on, Scissorheads, when you are in public places, especially indoors. And remember this: it is the selfish assholes who refuse to look after themselves that are wrecking everyone else’s recovery. I don’t see a way for the restaurants to stay open against the recommendation of the CDC to be masked.
Axios confirms that the unvaccinated are selfish assholes, er, Republicans:
“The most hardcore opponents of coronavirus vaccination — the group who say they’ll never get one — tend to be older, whiter and more Republican than the unvaccinated Americans who are still persuadable.”
K-Mac already blasted the CDC recommendations that vaccinated people wear masks again in areas of “substantial” or “high” Covid-19 spread:
And I swear I didn’t see Tucker Carlson’s lips move when K-Mac said it! Next try water!
And weirdly, amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell is going to urge everyone to get the vaccine:
“McConnell, who was vaccinated for COVID-19 in December and has been promoting vaccinations in public remarks ever since, plans to run 60-second radio ads on more than 100 Kentucky radio stations in the coming days promoting the vaccine with money from his re-election campaign.”
“There is bad advice out there, you know. Apparently you see that all over the place: people practicing medicine without a license, giving bad advice. And that bad advice should be ignored.”