Former head of the Food and Drug Administration Dr. Scott Gottlieb It is questionable whether there should be a new global guideline on wearing a mask because he believes the current influx of COVID-19 cases will be over in a few weeks.
During an appearance on CNBC on Wednesday, Gottlieb acknowledged that the delta variation of the virus is more easily transmitted and that some people vaccinated against the virus “develop a mild and asymptomatic infection.”
He also mentioned that people who are vaccinated can transmit the virus.
However, he said, “Whether or not that should translate into general guidelines for the entire population that if you are vaccinated, you should wear a mask. I don’t think that’s the case.”
“I don’t think we can get enough bang for our title by telling the vaccinated that they have to wear masks all the time to make it worth our time. I think we’re further down the delta wave “I’ve been saying that for a few weeks now. I think in another two or three weeks, we can get through it,” he continued.
Finally, he said the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that vaccinated people should wear a mask in certain situations would have “negligible in effect.”
Instead, he suggested the guideline should be, “If you have been vaccinated in a high prevalence area, that is in contact with the virus, you think you have the virus because you have mild symptoms of it be careful, get tested, maybe mask. especially if you’re around someone who’s weak. “
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“If you’ve been vaccinated in a high prevalence area, that comes in contact with the virus, you think you may have the virus because you have mild symptoms – be careful, be tested, maybe wear a mask especially if you’re around of a weak man, “he said @ScottGottliebMD. pic.twitter.com/LFlMffkfe9
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His comments come as the US sees another increase in the number of new coronavirus cases.
On Tuesday, the country recorded 108,755 new cases, numbers not seen since February of this year as the delta variant spreads across the country.
In a bid to help stop the spread of the virus, the CDC released a new mask guide which recommends vaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas with “large” or “high” virus transmission, as CNN notes, covering nearly two-thirds of all counties.
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