WADA Statement on CDC COVID-19 Updates

Statement attributable to:
Gerald E. Harmon, MD
President, American Medical Association

“Today’s updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reflect a new approach to monitoring COVID-19 in communities. Vaccines work; they are effective in preventing severe COVID, hospitalizations and deaths.And we urge all Americans to stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines, including receiving a booster dose, when eligible.

“But even if some jurisdictions lift masking requirements, we must face the fact that millions of people in the United States are immunocompromised, more susceptible to the serious consequences of COVID or still too young to be eligible for the vaccine. In light of these facts, I will personally continue to wear a mask in most indoor public places, and I urge all Americans to consider doing the same, especially in places like pharmacies, grocery stores, transportation in common – places where all of us, regardless of vaccination status or risk factors, must go regularly. Although masks are no longer required indoors in many parts of the United States, we know that wearing a properly fitted mask is an effective way to protect ourselves and our communities, including the most vulnerable. , against COVID-19, especially indoors when physical distancing is not possible.

“Wearing a mask, physical distancing and staying home if you are sick are small but important protective measures that can help us stay safe. While Omicron’s surge has waned, COVID-19 has not gone away. We must remain adaptable and vigilant in the face of this unpredictable virus. »

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