The CDC’s Latest Guideline Change Feels Like a Recipe For Disaster.
It seems as though in many states, we could be heading for a mask, vaccine free-for-all.
Everything about the Covid-19 pandemic has been a whirlwind. Whether it be the anxiety of a new Covid-19 virus that scientists new little about, or the fact that well over half a million people in the United States alone have succumbed to it, I’m sure I’m not alone in finding that it has been difficult to process just how much we have all been through in the past fourteen months. That said, as more and more people become vaccinated and we begin looking forward, unfortunately it appears as though the CDC’s recent guidelines seem to be getting arguably way too far ahead of where we are.
As of May 13th, the CDC has said that except under limited circumstances like in healthcare settings, their guidelines suggest anyone who is fully vaccinated does not need to wear a mask either indoors or outdoors.
Needless to say, I and many others are viewing this as a recipe for disaster.
When making these guidelines, did they even bother to take into account states like Texas or Florida, with Governor’s who haven’t taken this pandemic seriously from the beginning and a large segment of their population hasn’t either? Does the CDC really expect Republican state legislatures or Governors like Greg Abbott or Ron DeSantis to make sure their citizens and businesses aren’t incentivized to lie about their vaccination statuses?
Dr. Lena Wen also raised concerns on Twitter, writing:
“I am shocked by the CDC’s abrupt reversal of their guidelines for vaccinated people. While I agree that vaccinated can choose what they want to do, this only works if there’s a way to check vaccination status. Otherwise, what’s to stop the unvaccinated from endangering everyone?”
Needless to say, I completely agree.
Of course it’s also worth noting that unless there is a significant change in federal oversight of how states handle this, in right wing states like Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, etc., there will likely be absolutely no organized effort to check vaccination status.
Considering the people at the CDC have been working on this since the pandemic began, there’s no way they didn’t see this issue coming when they announced the new guidelines. So then, shouldn’t we ask ourselves why they made such an abrupt, undeniably reckless change?
As I have said on now countless occasions, I will be the first to admit I am cynical and perhaps even too cynical at times. But I genuinely don’t know what other conclusion to come to other than the powers that be and corporate interests have been lobbying intensely to get people back to work as soon as possible. They are perfectly aware of what this means for people, and the dangers it could pose without a centralized form of monitoring vaccination status that people can’t simply lie to get their way around.
It’s too soon, and the alarmed reactions from Dr.’s like Lena Wen seem to confirm I’m not alone in feeling this way. Considering the fact that this also could lower the vaccination rate if people are able to simply lie in a number right states, I can’t find any sound logic behind this decision. It’s about getting people back to work as soon as possible. Nothing more. This has nothing to do with the safety of the American people, and instead is simply designed to benefit the bottom lines of the businesses who want everyone back to the mines. The CDC is fully aware that people will just lie, and this is the way for powerful monied interests to simply get everyone back to work anyways.
I’m sure I’m not alone in seeing this decision from the CDC as problematic, but incredibly damaging to their credibility as well.