Former Surgeon General Now Regrets Advising Against Masks, Says CDC Is Making A Mistake Doing So Now

Dr. Jerome Adams was the Surgeon General of the United States through most of Donald Trump’s presidential term. Now, he says that he regrets advising against masks last year, near the beginning of the pandemic — advice that COVID-19 deniers continue to cite long after it was reversed.

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Early in the pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci advised against the use of face masks for the general public, recognizing concerns that rushes to purchase these for personal use would make it difficult for medical facilities to find these necessary resources, and that there is limited effectiveness in protecting the wearer. Since then, as officials have learned more about the virus and its spread, this advice has shifted, particularly with the recognition that a mask would reduce the risk of the wearer transmitting an undiagnosed infection to others.

Now, as mask restrictions are being lifted, Dr. Adams says he was wrong last year, and he believes that advising against masks is a wrong move now, too.

Below is his Saturday evening Twitter thread explaining his concerns.

Adams points out that when the CDC said vaccinated individuals could remove their masks, it was based on the conditions at the time — which have changed again.

Instead of choosing either vaccination or masks (or, as many are now doing, skipping both), with the Delta variant starting to rage across the nation, Adams says that everyone should be making a different choice: both. This, he says, is the guideline that the CDC and public health officials should now be encouraging.

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