Dr. Jerome Adams, the former US surgeon general, said on CNN’s New Day Monday that while new mask guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were the right call based on the science, the communication of them to the public was fumbled.
“I think this was an appropriate call based on the science, the science is sound,” Adams said. “I think that the play call was right, but they fumbled the ball at the one yard line in terms of communicating this to the public, in terms of engagement.”
Adams said that a lot of public health officials have told him that “they are upset, they were blindsided by this new information,” and that it missed the nuance of that this is guidance meant for individuals, not protecting an organization.
“It was a little bit of whiplash for the American public in terms of them saying just a week before, keep your mask on and then all of a sudden they’re saying now you can take them off,” Adams said.
The CDC said Thursday fully vaccinated Americans don't need to wear masks or social distance indoors or outdoors, with some exceptions. The move sparked nationwide announcements from state leaders and businesses who lifted their mask requirements for people who've gotten their Covid-19 shots.