California Nurses Association urges state to reject CDC’s new mask guidelines – NBC Bay Area
Californians are still waiting for a word on the mask’s mandate in the state. It has been more than a few days since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed the guidelines for masks for people who have been vaccinated.
Now nurses are calling on state leaders to keep mask rules in place.
Zenei Triunfo-Cortez, president of the California Nurses Association, didn’t mince words on Sunday night.
Triunfo-Cortez told NBC Bay Area that the new CDC mask guide is “a blow to the safety of nurses, frontline workers and patients.”
“I am disappointed, I am dismayed,” she said. “I know this was a premature decision the CDC made. The pandemic is not over. We still have a lot of infected patients. The cases are still high. We still have dying patients and we still have dying nurses. “
The Nurses Association is calling on state leaders not to follow the CDC’s new mask guidelines.
On Sunday, CDC director Rochelle Walensky defended the decision to make it easier to wear masks for fully vaccinated people, stressing that growing political pressure had nothing to do with the abrupt change in guidelines.
“I deliver science as the science is passed on to medical journals. And that has evolved, “CDC director Rochelle Walensky told FOX News on Sunday.” I am delivering it as soon as possible when we have this information available. “
However, partially vaccinated or unvaccinated people should continue to wear masks, the agency said. The guidelines also call for masks in crowded indoor environments, including buses, airplanes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters.
The sudden change has garnered praise from those keen to return to pre-pandemic life, especially those who see the new guidelines as a way to reopen workplaces, schools and other places that have turned dark during. the pandemic.
Still, concerns have been raised by those who say there is no easy way for companies and others to determine who is fully vaccinated and who is not. Instead, many will have to rely on an honor system, as many states and communities have already lifted mask warrants as the virus count improves and more Americans lose their facial covers. after being vaccinated.
To date, more than 156 million Americans, or more than 47% of the population, have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 121 million are fully immunized.