President BidenJoe Biden Will Seattle employees use the same protection they want to take away from the police? Taliban warns of attacks on US troops after Trump’s withdrawal deadline passes, pandemic inspector general detonates DOJ note, urges Congress to clarify mandate MORE tried to send the message this week that the nation was in a new phase of the pandemic as he walked away from the podium in front of the White House without a mask after announcing guidelines that vaccinated people no longer need face coatings when outdoors.
But days later, Biden was spotted wearing a mask as he walked outside to Marine One with a first lady. Jill BidenJill BidenBiden continues to disguise himself despite updated guidelines Hill’s 12:30 report: Biden’s extensive interview with NBC Bidens to take a cat to the White House MORE, although both have been vaccinated and there are no others.
The president once again put on a mask at a rally in Georgia while his wife spoke a few feet away, even though no one else was on stage.
Biden sought to set an example for Americans by wearing a mask in public often during his first months in power, begging the public that this was a key tool in ending the pandemic. But health experts say the country is reaching a tipping point where Biden must now change his behavior to reflect how vaccines can lead to normalization.
“In fact, I think it would be so useful for the president to model at this point the really critical moments when people have to wear a mask, and informing people here is the advantage of the vaccine: You don’t have to be wearing a mask these other times.” said Leana Wen, an emergency physician and former health commissioner in Baltimore.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday announced updated guidelines for individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The agency advises that those who have been vaccinated can safely be outside without a mask, unless they are at a large gathering, and that it is safe to be without masks indoors with others who have been vaccinated.
Health experts and government and federal officials see the new guidelines as a key step in showing the public that there are benefits to vaccination, as some Americans are considering whether it’s worth a shot.
Biden made a point to move away from the podium without a mask after outlining new directions and pressing the White House Jen PsakiJen PsakiAn North Korean spokesman, Biden’s comments about the country are “hostile policy”. Biden continues to disguise himself, despite updated guidelines. said the president and senior staff would adhere to the CDC’s recommendations, which no longer require outdoor masks for vaccinated individuals.
But the president is slowly putting the updated recommendations into practice, as reflected in his trip to Georgia.
Biden also wore a mask in and out of the House for his speech at a joint session of Congress, although most of those present were distanced and vaccinated.
Psaki hinted at the idea that the entire nation is adapting to the new rules this week.
“It will take some time for us to adapt and adapt for all of us,” she said this week. “And I know that when I take my kids to the playground this weekend, I’ll be happy not to wear a mask.”
The White House also cited Biden’s interview with NBC’s Craig Melvin this week. The president said he would not significantly change his behavior in this interview, despite the new guidelines.
“So, look, you and I took off our masks when I came in, because look at the distance we’re at,” Biden told Melvin on Thursday. “But if we were actually sitting there talking to each other up close, I would put on my mask and make you make a mask, even though we were both vaccinated. So, this is a small precaution that has a profound effect. This is a patriotic responsibility for God. “
Biden’s comments reflect the cautious approach he and his aides have taken to the virus.
This is in stark contrast to the previous one President TrumpDonald Trump Inspector General of Pandemics blows up DOJ note, urges Congress to clarify mandate of court observers for possible retirement of Brier Venezuela gives house arrest to six imprisoned US oil contractors MORE, who rarely wore a mask and eventually contracted COVID-19 while spending days in hospital.
A number of other COVID-19 cases have also been committed by people who have worked or visited Trump’s White House.
Biden, unlike Trump, regularly appears on television in a mask and has repeatedly called on states to use mandates, while urging Americans to wear masks for the better.
Yet, as more and more people get vaccinated, the fight against the pandemic enters a new phase in which public health experts say it will be crucial to persuade skeptical Americans to get vaccinated.
The rate at which people have been vaccinated has already dropped.
“I think the CDC and the White House are under tremendous political pressure to show the public that vaccination has its benefits, and being able to walk outside or visit friends outside without wearing a mask is one of those key benefits,” Lawrence said. Gostin, Professor of Global Health at Georgetown University.
Gostin said that requiring outdoor masks if you are fully vaccinated is “too cautious” given the low risk of contracting the virus. But he acknowledged that the CDC should moderate its guidelines to take into account the entire population, not just certain individuals.
A former Trump administration official who worked on the pandemic’s response said Biden risked further politicizing the use of a mask by wearing one, even when the CDC said it was unnecessary.
Wen suggested that Biden be able to hold small meetings of staff in front of the camera with other vaccinated individuals, where they do not wear masks, to show that it is safe. The public needs to be given hope and reason to believe that life will change once a person is vaccinated, she said, and loosening the use of masks is one way to do that.
“There is also an element of American culture that I’m sure politicization hasn’t helped. masks have become a symbol of the pandemic, “Wen said. “And Americans don’t define normal as going back to school and church. When people ask “when are we back to normal”, they mean when we can take off our masks. “