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CDC chief says masks better at stopping coronavirus than a vaccine

“This face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine,” Redfield said, referring to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That disease has now killed about 200,000 people in the United States.

Redfield went on to say that a vaccine could have an immunogenicity of 70 percent, meaning that it may not work in close to one-third of people to whom it was administered.

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by Anonymousreply 12Last Wednesday at 2:01 PM

People think a vaccine means masks and social distancing finally goes away. They’re in for a rude awakening.

by Anonymousreply 1Last Wednesday at 12:51 PM

Like Asia has done for years now, much of the world will start wearing masks alot

by Anonymousreply 2Last Wednesday at 12:59 PM

I'll take my chances with the vaccine. Not everyone is going to wear a mask, or if they do, wear it properly. And of course, wearing a mask doesn't protect you from other forms of transmission. Idiotic headline.

by Anonymousreply 3Last Wednesday at 1:00 PM

yikes!

by Anonymousreply 4Last Wednesday at 1:01 PM

How about both a vaccine and a mask?

by Anonymousreply 5Last Wednesday at 1:07 PM

WTH is he talking about anyway. How does he know how effective a hypothetical vaccine is? And, yeah, I'm not going to stop wearing masks anyway. There's a lot of other stuff going around during the winter besides COVID.

by Anonymousreply 6Last Wednesday at 1:09 PM

Masks only work if you social distance. Are people content just to go into lockdown forever? The detrimental effects of a lockdown lasting more than a year would be far worse than any excess deaths due to Covid, even now without a vaccine.

by Anonymousreply 7Last Wednesday at 1:12 PM

[QUOTE] How about both a vaccine and a mask?

That will be the choice for most of us. I think what Redfield is trying to say is that they’re not mutually exclusive. He’s attempting to prepare us for the reality that a vaccine won’t mean the miraculous end of the Coronavirus. We’ll still need to take the same damn precautions we’re taking right now.

by Anonymousreply 8Last Wednesday at 1:35 PM

R8 Good luck with that. People would rather accept it as the new normal and accept the risks that come with it.

by Anonymousreply 9Last Wednesday at 1:40 PM

I made the decision a few weeks ago that I will not ditch the mask for the foreseeable future, vaccine or not. I'm 67 years old, so I have resigned myself to the idea that I will probably be wearing a mask when I go out in public for the rest of my life.

by Anonymousreply 10Last Wednesday at 1:40 PM

"The detrimental effects of a lockdown lasting more than a year would be far worse than any excess deaths due to Covid, even now without a vaccine."

It's going to be much longer than a year. This shit isn't going away. Two years from now, we will all be wearing masks and still living like we are all infected. I mean, AIDS never went away and condoms are still recommended to prevent it. This world is forever changed.

by Anonymousreply 11Last Wednesday at 1:55 PM

R11 I don't doubt that some people would like to see this go on indefinitely. Those hoping for a housing crash and all the tech monopolies for one.

by Anonymousreply 12Last Wednesday at 2:01 PM
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