When I receive my final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, I’ll be on a plane about a month later.
Sorry, not sorry, CDC.
In Rene’s lunchtime travel headlines post on Tuesday, he linked to a story that says the Center for Diseases Control is poo-pooing some travel even for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
“The CDC does not recommend that fully vaccinated people fly to go see their loved ones,” wrote Boston 25 News’ Kelly Sullivan.
Fine. When I get vaccinated, I’ll visit people with whom I don’t get along. Does that work? 😉
Seriously, though, Ms. Sullivan adds, “The CDC is asking people to avoid non-essential travel, saying when they see a surge in travel, there is a surge of cases.”
No kidding, CDC. Those surges occurred before the vaccine was as available as it is now.
“The CDC’s guidance is based on the country’s vaccination rate and the uncertainty over whether people who are vaccinated can still spread COVID,” the article states.
So are we supposed to “follow the science” or not? (To be clear: This shouldn’t be construed as medical advice. I am not a doctor or medical professional in any way. Though I once worked for someone who played one on television.)
“So this is one of these examples where I think the CDC is being far overly cautious in a way that defies common sense…. It just doesn’t make sense that you can’t travel especially if you now can get together with loved ones.”
—Dr. Leana Wen, former Baltimore Health Commissioner to Boston 25 News
Of course, I’ll follow masking and physical distancing guidelines and policies.
But let’s flashback to this gem from March 2, 2020:
Experts say the masks are primarily useful for keeping a sick person from spreading their illness with droplets from a cough or sneeze. Healthcare workers use the masks to cover their nose and mouth while dealing with sick patients, but the masks are typically ineffective when used throughout the day by members of the general public.
To be clear once again, officials say Americans don’t need masks. The CDC says that healthy people in the US shouldn’t wear them because they won’t protect them from the novel coronavirus. (Bold mine.)
By Scottie Andrew and Jessie Yeung, CNN, Jason Sloss
Compare that to what the CDC now thinks:
Masks are a two-way street. Masks protect you and me. When we all wear masks, we take care of each other and everyone is protected. (Bold mine.)
From Masks Protect You & Me on the CDC website
I understand the CDC has a tough job and COVID-19 has spawned several variants. And I’m a fairly cautious person by nature. But if I wear a mask and have the vaccine, I’m traveling.
What do you think? For those who aren’t traveling right now and waiting for the vaccine, will you travel once you’re fully vaxxed? Or wait until the CDC tells you it’s OK?
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