The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is ‘cautiously optimistic that we are seeing this great, great endpoint in sight,’
She told the Today show on Friday, citing new guidance advising fully vaccinated Americans that they no longer need to wear masks in most circumstances, indoor or outdoor.
COVID-19 cases and deaths are rapidly decreasing as vaccination rates rise and inoculated Americans reveal themselves – by more than 30% and nearly 9%, respectively, in the last two weeks.
In the United States, there are now about 630 deaths per day, the lowest since early July, and about 35,000 new infections per day. And almost 36% of the population and nearly 47% of adults in the United States are fully vaccinated.
Despite the encouraging signs, Dr. Rochelle Walensky reiterated her call for full-time schooling.
Despite telling fully vaccinated Americans less than 24 hours before that they could remove their masks indoors, Dr. Walensky advised parents and teachers to keep theirs on when out in public with their unvaccinated children and in classrooms.
‘Parents and possibly even teachers might want to continue wearing masks to model behavior’ for children who have not yet been immunized, according to Dr. Walensky.
It follows the CDC’s advisory committee’s recommendation of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 on Wednesday.
However, parents are divided about 50/50 on whether or not their children should receive the vaccines, which are unlikely to be approved for younger children until the fall, meaning that many American children will be vaccinated against Covid for months, if not years.
Some parents, lawmakers, and pundits have suggested that children should not be required to wear masks or receive vaccinations because coronavirus is rarely fatal to children, even if they are infected, and that both measures are designed to protect adults who can get vaccinated to safeguard themselves.