Dr. Lester Simon: CDC is wrong on new guidance on indoor mask-wearing


“The CDC is wrong.”

This was the pronouncement of Head of the Laboratory Department at the Mount St. John Medical Centre (MSJMC), Dr. Lester Simon.

He was speaking on Observer Radio.

He was responding to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) easing indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places.

“How are you going to differentiate between vaccinated and unvaccinated,” he questioned.

Dr Simon says the guidelines are not practical for the Caribbean.

The newly-issued guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but will help clear the way for reopening workplaces, schools, and other venues — even removing the need for masks or social distancing for those who are fully vaccinated.

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  1. We have reached a point that if some persons don’t want to vaccinate then they take the risk. The CDC clearly said that vaccinated persons are protected, if you choose not to that’s on you not on me. GET VACCINATED!

    Dr. Simon the choice to mask doesn’t matter if you are vaccinated.

  2. I will tend to believe the CDC over Mr. Simon. The CDC rule in the US is based on science. Simon is just giving a personal opinion.

  3. You following the US so long like the sheeple you are and now your Draconian rule coming to an end you bitching about it.

  4. All that will happen is the number of “breakthrough” cases will rise once vaccinated people stop wearing masks. These vaccines don’t stop you from getting the infection, they help prevent death caused by Covid-19. Despite being vaccinated, over 6000 people in the US caught Covid-19 and around 80 died. And that’s while they were still wearing masks and social distancing post-vaccination. Over 30,000 people are still catching Covid-19 daily in the US alone, with about 500 deaths per day. So there’s a large pool of persons still harboring the virus in the US, and some of that is the variant versions that nobody has actually been vaccinated against. Vaccines don’t work for very long when you have variants. What I expect may eventually happen with the relaxation of the mask mandate is that the variants will now get an opportunity to find a way around the immune responses of vaccinated persons because it will get into more and more of them. At some point in the future, a version of the virus will arise from vaccinated persons that is unaffected by their vaccinated status. A few days ago, 8 Yankee MLB players caught the virus at the same time despite being fully vaccinated. That scenario may get more common in the near future as the virus evolves further.

  5. From The New York Times:

    A growing number of major retailers are lifting mask rules for fully vaccinated shoppers after new C.D.C. guidance, largely moving to an honor system.
    Saturday, May 15, 2021 1:54 PM EST
    The C.D.C.s’s new mask guidance raised some disquiet, because there is no obvious way for retailers, their employees or their patrons to determine who has been vaccinated and who has not.

    Some public health experts expressed concerns that unvaccinated people may also choose to shed their masks…….”

  6. Why can’t you guys just accept that flu season is over and the deaths form Covid have dropped tremendously. So the governments can no longer self sensible people BS reasons to wear a mask anymore! People need and deserve their freedom. 31 persons died from Covid in Anu in almost 2 effing years. And y’all still over here acting like Antiguans are being heavily affected by this shit! I’m over all you dummies

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