Francis Collins is the director of the National Institute of Health.
He recently spoke about the newly released mask guidance, saying that imposing mask-wearing indoors even for fully vaccinated individuals is “mostly about protecting the unvaccinated.”
Jake Tapper, the host of CNN’s “State of the Union,” questioned the NIH director:
“Can you clear this up? Do most vaccinated Americans need to wear mask indoors in order to protect themselves and other vaccinated Americans, or is this primarily about protecting unvaccinated Americans, including children under 12 or people who are refusing to get vaccinated?”
Collins explained that the measures are geared at protecting the unvaccinated because that is where the main risk of severe illness is.
Tapper spoke about the risk of spreading the virus by the vaccinated people – “Vaccinated people are capable of getting the virus in their nose and throat, and they do seem to have high enough levels of virus that they might be contagious.”
When you take this information into account, it is easy to understand why health officials recommend wearing a mask even if you are vaccinated. If you’re not doing it for yourself, do it for the sake of the unvaccinated fellows, especially if you live in an area with high levels of transmission.
Mask wearing is more critical than ever as the novel Delta variant claims dozens of lives each day since it became prevalent in the country.
Anthony Fauci, the official medical adviser of President Joe Biden, said that it is known that asymptomatic, vaccinated, minorly symptomatic infected individuals can spread the infection.
Fauci insisted on the fact that, even if you don’t manifest any specific symptoms and you are vaccinated, there still is a slight chance that you can infect people around you, and that must be avoided for as much as possible.
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