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The real message is: If you are vaccinated, and not in a special group like the immunosuppressed, it is safe for you and for others around you for you to be without a mask indoors, but, if you are in areas of significant disease or in a high risk circumstance and you are not vaccinated, it is still safer to wear a mask than not to wear one.
The real message is : If you are vaccinated, and not in a special group like the immunosuppressed, it is safe for you and for others around you for you to be without a mask indoors, but, if you are in areas of significant disease or in a high risk circumstance and you are not vaccinated, it is still safer to wear a mask than not to wear one.
The change in mask guidance was based on new information and data, of course, I had some issues back then because we did not know that masks did not work. We just did not have affirmative evidence that they did work, and we needed to conserve masks for health care workers. Fauci should have been upfront with that as well as the rest of the medical leadership on the task force, stating that we do n’t know if they work instead of saying do n’t wear them.
Governors have the flexibility to use these tests as they deem fit, but we strongly encourage governors to utilize them in settings that are uniquely in need of rapid low-tech point of care tests, like opening and keeping open our K-12 schools, supporting critical infrastructure and first responders, responding to outbreaks specifically in certain demographics or locations, and screening or surveillance in congregate settings.
This is evidence-based decisions that are driven by the scientists and physicians, both within the CDC with my office in the lab Task Force, and certainly among the task force members, these updated guidelines, coordinated in conjunction with Task Force, received appropriate attention, consultation and input from task force experts.
There is a very consolidated effort between the The FDA, CDC, NIH to validate some of the [ antibody ] tests that are on the market right now... And we have reason to believe that not all of them are going to perform well, we're going to be very careful to make sure that when we tell you you're likely immune from the disease... that test really said that.
We are not able to provide specific budget numbers at this time. ... But we are highly confident that the resources being provided in 2020 are sufficient to support this very aggressive program, in my mind, the program has already started. We have been working together for months putting this together.
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