MSNBC’s Joy Reid panned & praised after saying she would ‘double mask’, shun indoor activities even after FULLY VACCINATED
MSNBC host Joy Reid ignited criticism after saying she would not fly and would still wear two masks even after receiving her second Covid-19 shot. Critics say her stance might discourage people who are hesitant to be vaccinated.
“I too am one vax down, but even when I get the second shot, I am too ‘scurred’ to be out there wildin. No flying and no indoor activities for me. Nope!” Reid tweeted on Sunday.
In a follow-up tweet, the anchor said that her whole family is ‘double-masking’, and that they are not planning to stop “in the foreseeable future,” presumably even after the second shot, which is required to be considered fully immunized.
Reid’s take on the topic ruffled some feathers online. Comedian Bridget Phetasy took issue with Reid’s message.
“This kind of rhetoric doesn’t do much to encourage the people who are vaccine hesitant,” Phetasy, a centrist who has previously said she’s a life-long Democrat voter, tweeted.
This kind of rhetoric doesn’t do much to encourage the people who are vaccine hesitant.— Bridget Phetasy (@BridgetPhetasy) April 11, 2021
What am I missing, is her post sarcasm, I 100% will get the vaccine when it’s my turn , but will have 0 hesitation to doing anything (don’t have much now as a healthy 37yo) after being vaccinated. This isn’t complex.— Nicholas abreu (@TheNickAbreu) April 11, 2021
This denies everything the data tells us about vaccine efficacy and asymptomatic/post-immunization transmission. Science doesn’t matter anymore, we’re going to let irrational fear guide us.It’s a terrible, irresponsible message & it’s why some decide not to get vaccinated.— 🍀 Green loves 💚 Grogu 🌷(Fan Account) (@strong_coffee71) April 11, 2021
Conservatives were up in arms over the remarks, arguing there is no science behind the standpoint Reid seems to be promoting.
“Party of science” really having a hard time with the scientific miracle of vaccines. pic.twitter.com/Osa5BJnJDv— Drew Holden (@DrewHolden360) April 11, 2021
A commenter who said she is a nurse argued there is no point in double-masking. “Keep it over your nose, wash your hands, alcohol gel, and you're golden. I'm 62. You don't need 2 masks,” she tweeted.
Many, however, came to the anchor’s defense, with one commenter saying she’s still wearing two masks after having both shots.
Had both my vaccines. Still wear both my masks. I live in Michigan and am super concerned about our numbers.— Christie. (@GoBlueBlader) April 11, 2021
In its recently updated Covid-19 guidance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that people who are fully vaccinated can travel domestically and internationally without quarantining, and can visit households where all inhabitants are vaccinated or not at risk of serious illness without wearing a mask. The CDC, however, recommended that those fully vaccinated stay away from large and medium gatherings, as well as wearing a mask when visiting people who are vulnerable to complications from the virus.Also on rt.com CNN lampooned for blasting Fox News hosts for lack of ‘vaccine selfies’: ‘It would save lives’
On the issue of double-masking, the CDC does recommend “adding layers of material” as a way to improve the mask’s protective qualities, including wearing “a disposable mask underneath a cloth mask.”
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