• November 27, 2021

Oregon Governor Announces * Outdoor * Mask Mandate, Regardless of Vaccination Status – HotAir

What year is?

Kate Brown then clarifies that the mandate of the mask does not apply in all outdoor situations, as if you were walking with members of your own household or walking your dog. It’s for outdoor gatherings that involve multiple households, whether it’s large public crowds or smaller private celebrations where people can’t distance themselves. Still, even some Democrats scratch their heads about it. “Has any medical expert really recommended this?” wondered the former Obama assistant Tommy vietor.

To answer your question: Why not. “Current data suggest that the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in outdoor settings is minimal,” the current report reads. Guidance from CDC. “In general, fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask outdoors. Fully vaccinated people may choose to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings if they or someone in their household is immunosuppressed. “If I remember correctly, in some interviews, Fauci has nudged vaccinated people into to consider wear a mask if you are indoors with other people outdoors. But that’s what the feds are willing to go for right now.

Is this COVID security theater then? I thought we were all on the same page about the outdoors being very, very, very safe months ago.

I guess Brown is concerned about the crowds in the Oregon State Fair, which coincidentally will begin this Friday, when the mandate takes effect. On the one hand, when looking at these graphs that show the situation in your state, you can understand why she’s nervous about a superpreader event. They are not in a position to make things worse:

He is going to let the Fair continue, but he will insist on the utmost precautions. On the other hand, there is no reason to think that standard cloth masks will do much to reduce transmission. And Chicago’s recent experience hosting Lollapalooza is encouraging, with just 200 cases out of the nearly 400,000 festival goers outdoors.

Perhaps Brown is calculating that by requiring people at the Fair to wear the mask outdoors, they will be more likely to wear the mask indoors as well. That’s where streaming really happens, after all. Although:

“It is much easier for people with the Delta variant, compared to people who were sick last year, to infect other people around them,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, state health officer. “This is because they have a thousand times more virus in their nose, which means that those around them are much more likely to get sick because this variant behaves very differently. We are starting to see cases where cases are clustered around events, such as outdoor music festivals, that happen outdoors. Wearing masks in crowded settings, including outdoors, will help slow the spread of COVID-19. “

That is a very slippery phrase. When Sidelinger says they are watching broadcasts “around” outdoor concerts, is it referring to to outdoor concerts? Or are you referring to covered bars and restaurants that concert goers visit? after outdoor concerts? If you have evidence of outdoor transmission, you must show your cards.

By the way, there is good news today about vaccination, courtesy of a couple of studies published by the CDC. First leaves California and compared hospitalization rates between vaccinated and unvaccinated since May, when Delta began expanding there. Result: the vaccine could really save your life.

On May 1, in unvaccinated people, the age-adjusted incidence (35.2 per 100,000 population) was 8.4 times and the age-adjusted hospitalization rate (4.6 per 100,000 population) was 10.0 times higher. than the rates in fully vaccinated people (4.2 and 0.46, respectively). Partially vaccinated people had an incidence (4.1) and hospitalization rate (0.27) similar to fully vaccinated people. On July 25, the age-adjusted incidence in unvaccinated people (315.1) was 4.9 times higher than in fully vaccinated people (63.8); the rate among partially vaccinated people was 46.8. The age-adjusted hospitalization rate in unvaccinated people (29.4) was 29.2 times higher than the rate in fully vaccinated people (1.0); the hospitalization rate was similar in partially vaccinated people (0.90) (Supplementary Table; https://stacks.cdc.gov/view/cdc/109087).

As time passed and Delta became dominant, the hospitalization gap between non-voids and voids tripled. That is somewhat counterintuitive, as vaccinated individuals are more susceptible to Delta infection than previous strains. In fact, according to this study, the unvaccinated had higher viral loads on average in May, but in July the viral loads in the vaccinated and unvaccinated were similar, confirming the famous Provincetown study on how Delta has likely done that those vaccinated are infectious to others. All that being so, shouldn’t the gap in hospitalizations between the two groups also get smaller, not bigger?

Well, no. What the data tells us is that if your immune system is primed with antibodies to resist a Delta invasion, it may not be able to defend itself before it causes symptoms, but it should be able to defend itself before it reaches the hospitalization stage. . Unfortunately, that is much less true of the unvaccinated. The most contagious variant is trampling the non-empty.

The second study it also confirmed previous CDC findings. The vaccines lost some efficacy against Delta but maintained a strong degree of protection, 66 percent against 91 percent against earlier strains. Vaccination also made an infected person less likely to have symptoms than an unvaccinated one, although unfortunately this is not as unlikely as one might expect. Ninety-five percent of the unvaccinated who contracted COVID had symptoms; 75 percent of those vaccinated with breakthrough infections did too. An immunized person will eventually tame Delta, but not without a few scratches.

I leave you with these data from the recent NBC survey that identifies vaccination rates by different demographic groups.

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