Jerome Adams, the surgeon general in the Trump administration, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s relaxing masking guidelines amid a surge in coronavirus infections because of the delta variant “premature.”
“Last year Tony Fauci and I famously, prematurely, & wrongly advised against masks. I felt it was the best call at the time, but now regret it. I’m worried the CDC also made a similarly premature, misinterpreted, yet still harmful call on masking in the face of delta variant,” Adams said in a series of postings on Twitter Saturday.
He said the mask guidelines should pertain to areas where coronavirus cases are increasing and vaccine rates are declining.
Adams made the comments a day after current CDC Director Rochelle Walensky warned of a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” as the delta variant spreads across the country.
“We are seeing outbreaks of cases in parts of the country that have low vaccination coverage, because unvaccinated people are at risk.”