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“We Have Come Too Far, Keep Your Masks On” ACCESS Nursing Responds to New CDC Mask Guidelines

Posted by Louise Weadock, MPH, RN, Founder and CEO-CNO Access Nursing on May 17, 2021 12:11:55 PM

ACCESS Nursing issued a powerful statement today about the CDC’s new guidance on wearing masks, following National Nurses United (NNU), the largest union of Registered Nurses in the U.S., issuing its statement on Saturday about the CDC’s announcement last week. The NNU has called on the CDC to “do the right thing” and revise its guidance, which allows people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to stop wearing masks and social distancing, both indoors and outdoors.

 Says NNU Executive Director Bonnie Castillo, “Now is not the time to relax protective measures, and we are outraged that the CDC has done just that while we are still in the midst of the deadliest pandemic in a century. This newest CDC guidance is not based on science, does not protect public health, and threatens the lives of patients, nurses, and other frontline workers across the country."

 ACCESS Nursing Services founder Louise Weadock, issued an official statement for the company on behalf its 2,000 private duty nurses; RNs, LPNs, Aides and caregivers in five city-center offices and seven hospital-based offices, as well as the ACCESS Nursing COVID Care Force she founded last spring and which “deployed 1,500 nurses from throughout the U.S. to meet the dire need for nurses in New York City when COVID had spiked and overwhelmed the NYC healthcare system .

 Says Louise Weadock, founder of ACCESS Nursing: “We have come too far to stop now. We need to keep our masks on to protect ourselves and each other, including careful and consistent COVID testing. Wearing your mask is for your family, your friends, your neighbors, and especially for those who are immunocompromised and our nation’s nurses who left their families behind in order to step up to join the “infantry of the first responders” to care for the thousands of people who had become sick or were dying from COVID.”  

“We are all in this together,” she added. “Through each of our efforts, we will make it past this pandemic and go way beyond to become a more health-conscious and health-cooperative society.”

ACCESS Nursing Services offers COVID Clear Services with two COVID-19 testing options: rapid testing (results in 10 minutes) and PCR testing (results in 24 to 36 hours). All COVID-19 testing and screening is performed by experienced clinicians. DIY in-home testing kits are also available and can be sent by mail. For information about ACCESS Nursing Services, visit www.accessnursing.com and COVID Clear Services, www.covidclearservices.com.