– as MSM puts it – met with claims of government overreach
limited freedoms: The CDC has issued new guidelines that grant
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in the words of US mainstream media – “limited freedoms” to Americans who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, leading some to wonder when the Bill of Rights was abolished.
The new federal guidelines issued on Monday allow people who are at least two weeks past being fully vaccinated – meaning two jabs with the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or one shot of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson inoculation – to visit indoors sans masks with others who meet the same criteria.
It’s also safe enough, the CDC said, to be around small groups of unvaccinated people in some situations, such as a single household with no one deemed to be at high risk of severe Covid-19 cases.
Fully vaccinated Americans can even refrain from quarantining themselves if they are exposed to an asymptomatic person who is found to have been infected with Covid-19. But masks and social distancing are still required, the CDC said, when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households or with individuals who are considered high-risk or live with someone who is high-risk.
That means continuing to wear a mask and social distancing in public, avoiding crowds and getting tested for Covid-19 if you feel sick. Travel continues to be discouraged. Even the modest “freedoms” that were granted apparently came begrudgingly, as the CDC said there is still some risk of infection with vaccinated people, but that may be outweighed by the benefits of “reducing social isolation.”
After months of being told by politicians that Covid-19 vaccines are a “light at the end of the tunnel” in enduring the pandemic, many Americans have grown frustrated by continuing restrictions even for those who get the jabs.
For instance, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the media darling and leading government voice of authority on all things Covid-19, has said people may need to continue wearing masks into 2022. The notion that the CDC is now granting “limited freedoms” — as both the Washington Post and CNN described the updated guidelines – to the approximately 30 million fully vaccinated Americans provoked some observers to question the government agency’s authority.
“Thanks to the great state above,” one commenter said sarcastically on Twitter. “The CDC has benevolently chosen to grant we mere mortals some limited freedoms. They deserve our most humble gratitude. What we do and where would we be without them?”
Some observers suggested that the way the new guidelines were being presented by the media revealed that the government had pulled off a successful power grab. “The CDC/CNN are not even hiding it anymore,” one Twitter user said.
Commentator Don Wolt quipped that the CDC’s granting of “limited freedoms” to the vaccinated marks one of the “great strides for freedom in American history.”
Retired Navy Seal Tim Wood said that the CDC has no such authority constitutionally, while an Army veteran who goes by Paul USA Patriot said, “I’ve got all my freedoms without being vaccinated.”
National Review editor Philip Klein suggested that it was CNN’s “framing” of the story which was “horrible,” pointing out that the CDC “doesn’t ‘give’ freedom. CDC gives **advice**.”
CDC Issues First Set of Guidelines on How Fully Vaccinated People Can Visit Safely with Others
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its first set of recommendations on activities that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume.
The new guidance—which is based on the latest science — includes recommendations for how and when a fully vaccinated individual can visit with other people who are fully vaccinated and with other people who are not vaccinated. This guidance represents a first step toward returning to everyday activities in our communities. CDC will update these recommendations as more people are vaccinated, rates of COVID-19 in the community change, and additional scientific evidence becomes available.
“We know that people want to get vaccinated so they can get back to doing the things they enjoy with the people they love,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH. “There are some activities that fully vaccinated people can begin to resume now in their own homes. Everyone – even those who are vaccinated – should continue with all mitigation strategies when in public settings. As the science evolves and more people get vaccinated, we will continue to provide more guidance to help fully vaccinated people safely resume more activities.”
- Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart.
- Visit with unvaccinated people from one other household indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart if everyone in the other household is at low risk for severe disease.
- Refrain from quarantine and testing if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 after contact with someone who has COVID-19.
A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine. Although vaccinations are accelerating, CDC estimates that just 9.2% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine that the FDA has authorized for emergency use.
While the new guidance is a positive step, the vast majority of people need to be fully vaccinated before COVID-19 precautions can be lifted broadly. Until then, it is important that everyone continues to adhere to public health mitigation measures to protect the large number of people who remain unvaccinated.
CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people continue to take these COVID-19 precautions when in public, when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple other households, and when around unvaccinated people who are at high risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19:
- Wear a well-fitted mask.
- Stay at least 6 feet from people you do not live with.
- Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings.
- Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Follow guidance issued by individual employers.
- Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.
CDC has released resources to help people make informed decisions when they are fully vaccinated.