Think twice before shedding that extra protection of mask wearing

Dear Warriors,

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced if people are fully vaccinated they can go without a mask, but you may want to think twice before you shed that extra protection. In an article written by Katherine Acquavella and R.J. Anderson on May 13, 2021:

The New York Yankees had eight member of their traveling party test positive for COVID-19 after they were fully vaccinated. The New York Yankees have had eight members of their traveling party test positive for COVID-19, the team announced. Third base coach Phil Nevin, first base coach Reggie Willits, pitching coach Matt Blake, and four support staffers were among the positives earlier this week. On Thursday, the team announced infielder Gleyber Torres has tested positive as well.

As with the other seven positive cases, Torres had been fully vaccinated, and in fact he had previously contracted COVID-19 this past December. Here is the team’s statement:

“The Yankees can today confirm that INF Gleyber Torres has received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. He was fully vaccinated and previously had COVID-19 during the most recent baseball offseason ... Torres is the eighth Yankees player, coach or traveling staff member to test positive this week. All of the positives are breakthrough positives, occurring with individuals who were fully vaccinated.

Major League Baseball, its medical experts and the New York State Department of Health are currently advising and assisting the Yankees, who continue to undergo additional testing and contact tracing.”

Nevin reportedly showed mild symptoms and the other seven were asymptomatic. Torres was held out of Wednesday’s lineup as MLB’s joint committee reviewed his testing results. The positive tests come after the Yankees achieved the 85 percent vaccination threshold for relaxed health and safety protocols.

The high rate of breakthrough positives — the official term for positive tests after being vaccinated — has led to the Centers or Disease Control and Prevention looking into the Yankees’ situation. Here’s what CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told ABC 7:

“With regard to the Yankees, we obviously need to learn more about that situation,” she said. “My understanding is that six of the seven reports, six of the seven infections were indeed asymptomatic infections. And we will look to more data from that report to understand what happened there. All of the real world data we’ve seen that’s been in the published literature, large studies, in many different settings, have demonstrated that those vaccines are effective, have a high effectiveness against disease.”

The Yankees received the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccination last month. I want to remind you that getting vaccinated keeps you from being hospitalized or even dying from the disease. It does NOT mean you can’t get the disease. I know there has been a lot of back and forth with the CDC recommendations; but don’t let take away your common sense. The choice is up to you, but as for me and mine we will continue to wear a mask because the alternative is too risky!

Reach Inez at callherid8@aol.com.

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