Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky voiced a harsh criticism of the instructions for fully vaccinated people which Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued on Monday.
Paul, a doctor himself, shared the article containing the CDC guidelines on Twitter and invited his followers to listen to the immunological science.
According to Paul, science says that two weeks after the second inoculation people can throw away their masks and freely return to their lives.
This was not the first occasion in which Paul instructed people to stop wearing masks and practicing other COVID-19 prevention measures.
Just two months after he recovered from his March coronavirus infection, Paul emphasized that he has an immunity that prevents him from acquiring the infection again and transmitting it to other people.
He even described himself as ‘the only person in Washington who is safe’.
Following his infection, Paul regularly appeared in public without wearing a mask.
Just a few weeks after the recovery, Senator Paul volunteered in a Kentucky hospital without a mask on his face.
He was barefaced even when he challenged Dr. Anthony Fauci at a Senate committee hearing last May.
Back then, Senator Paul told Fauci that he should not be a person who would make decisions without consultations with others.
Up until now, Paul kept being critical of health policies that may endanger individual liberties.
New guidelines: a kind of compromise?
The CDC guidelines that were the target of Paul’s criticism recommend that fully vaccinated people take certain precautions regardless of their immunological status.
The guidelines say that fully vaccinated people should still wear masks and practice other COVID-19 preventative measures such as physical distancing when interacting with unvaccinated people who are at a relatively higher risk of contracting a severe form of the disease.
They also advise that fully vaccinated people practice all preventative measures when visiting public spaces and unvaccinated people from different households, even suggesting that fully vaccinated people avoid larger gatherings.
Even though many standard CDC recommendations against COVID-19 spread still hold, the public health authority permitted those fully vaccinated not to wear masks or practice physical distancing when they are around other fully vaccinated people and those who are not vaccinated but are at a lower risk of severe disease.
Fully vaccinated people are also allowed not to quarantine if they interacted with an infected person and have no symptoms.
Even though it admitted that fully vaccinated people can still contract the virus or transmit it if they follow new guidelines, CDC suggested that those risks are outweighed by the benefits of quitting social isolation.
This statement indicates that, although the guidelines might be strict, they still somewhat consider non-epidemiological factors and, as such, present a kind of compromise between different standpoints toward the pandemic.