MSNBC’s medical expert suggests parents continue wearing masks ‘in solidarity’ with unvaccinated kids

An infectious-disease expert who regularly appears on MSNBC says that parents who have received both doses of the COVID-19 inoculation should consider continuing to wear facial coverings “in solidarity” with their unvaccinated offspring.

Vaccine advocate Dr. Nahid Bhadelia also disclosed in an appearance on the liberal network’s Morning Joe program that she plans to preemptively wear a mask during flu season and in certain crowded scenarios even given the new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Bhadelia — who has just been named the founding director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at Boston University — was responding to a question from co-host Willie Geist about how parents with children who are not yet vaccination age should “move around” this summer.

“So, the one thing that we’ve seen is that in communities where there’s high rates of vaccinations in adults and transmission actually goes down in kids as well,” she claimed, citing the track record in Israel as an example. “The kids are having less of a chance of coming across somebody who is infected. So the best thing parents can do in communities…is to increase adult vaccination…”‘

She then implied that mom and dad should set an example for their kids, which no one on the panel apparently questioned.

“Parents may want to continue masking in solidarity until we get higher rates of community vaccination from that perspective,” she continued, although outdoor activity is safe for kids.

She went on to recommend that immuno-comprised persons might want to continue to wear masks indoors around large groups of people.

“I know I personally will continue to wear a mask during flu season and during long travels, particularly in crowded places…It’s not so much that I’m worried about the vaccines; it’s that it’s just helping us stay protected from all the rest of the respiratory viruses that we’ve seen go down this year as well,” the doctor added.

Watch the video clip embedded below for the context and draw your own conclusions:

(Source: MSNBC)

According to the new CDC recommendations announced last week, fully vaccinated Americans could safely ditch masks and social distancing indoors or outdoors with a few exceptions.

Prominent leftists including U.S. Rep. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) say they will continue to mask up, however.

The Bronx Democrat said that she will don a mask in shared indoor public settings as well as anytime she feels under the weather. She also implied, jokingly, that a mask can be something of a fashion statement.

Several pundits on MSNBC and CNN apparently also feel connected, in more ways than one, to their masks.

Some conservative-leaning observers contend that the seemingly abrupt change in CDC policy was less about science and more a response to the political headwinds the Biden administration is currently facing.

Recall that Biden himself previously criticized the governors of Texas and Mississippi for reopening their states and ending mask mandates.

In late March, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky warned of impending doom from COVID-19.

The CDC now appears to have reversed itself in a relatively short period of time, which has raised eyebrows.


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