The following article, Don’t Call It A Comeback: White House Mulling New Mask Guidelines as Delta Drives Cases, was first published on Flag And Cross.
Just when we thought that we were going to slip away, into the clear, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown us yet another curveball.
It was only a year and a half ago that we first began pondering the idea of a two-week lockdown that experts believed would “flatten the curve” of the emerging coronavirus pandemic. Instead, we’ve experienced wavering states of solitude and panic for 16+ months and, with a highly-contagious “delta” variant now criss-crossing the country, there are still some legs to this crisis yet.
This has the White House wondering if it’s time to bring back the masks, and not just for the unvaccinated.
The Biden administration is reportedly weighing whether to formally urge vaccinated Americans to once again mask up as the country experiences an increase in the number of COVID-19 delta variant cases.
White House aides are in talks with officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about proposed messaging to the public, the Washington Post reported.
People familiar with the discussions told the Post that the White House is hesitant to implement policies that would explicitly mandate people show proof of their vaccination status. One idea reportedly thrown around was to ask Americans to wear masks when vaccinated and unvaccinated people not to congregate in crowded places.
Any push for a nationwide re-masking would almost certainly be met with heavy criticism, especially now that we’ve likely reached vaccination’s critical mass, with few folks left unvaccinated who haven’t consciously made that choice.
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