CDC’s Walensky Says Government Recommendations For Masking Have Been ‘Crystal Clear’

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle Walensky recently claimed that the CDC’s recommendations for masking have always been “crystal clear.”

Walensky made her comments during an interview on ABC’s “This Week” earlier this month.

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Walensky: ‘The CDC recommendations have been clear’

Walensky said, “I think we have so many more tools now than we did a year ago. We have so many things that work against SARS‑CoV‑2, and it’s what causes COVID regardless of the variants we have seen before. I do think that getting a lot of immunity right now will be critically important.”

“Masking up right now, we have 80% of our cases in our counties that are still in higher substantial risk of disease with Delta. Doing all of those things will help prevent a more aggressive Omicron surge,” Walensky contended.

ABC News host Martha Raddatz said, “And the masking, but President Biden made clear, even before we know anything about it, that a mask mandate is not going to come back.”

Walensky replied, “The CDC recommendations have been clear. We recommend masking in public, indoor settings, in areas that have high or substantial transmission, and that’s over 80% of our counties right now.”

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Walensky: ‘Our recommendations have been crystal clear’

Then Walensky emphasized just how clear she believes her agency’s recommendations have been.

“So, of course, those mandates and requirements are going to happen at the county level, at the policymaker level, but our recommendations have been crystal clear,” she insisted.

Raddatz asked, “Would you rather see a nationwide mandate?”

Walensky responded, “I would rather see people get vaccinated, boosted, and follow our recommendations, and rather not have requirements in order to do so. People should do this for themselves.”

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