It seems that the CDC has reverted to its old adage “two weeks to flatten the curve.”
This statement seems to be the core of the thought process going into this decision that went on on Wednesday by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to tack on an extension to the mask mandate for air and public transit travelers yet again. The CDC has stated that it was doing the extension in order to examine the new and most prevalent variant of the COVID-19 virus, commonly known as BA.2.
“In order to assess the potential impact the rise of cases has on severe disease, including hospitalizations and deaths, and health care system capacity, the CDC order will remain in place at this time,” stated the agency in a release that extended the original mandate out to the 3rd of May.
This choice did NOT go over well once news of the extension managed to hit social media platforms.
“Airline mask mandate extensions are nothing more than the last punitive gasps of a dying tyrannical movement,” stated John Cardillo, a conservative commentator, via Twitter.
“‘Never let a good crisis go to waste,'” said Newsweek Opinion Editor Josh Hammer.
the extension was labeled as “lunacy” by conservative radio host Buck Sexton, going on to add, “The share of Covid that is spread on planes is statistically 0. This is all about political appearances and control. Libs are so pathetic.”
“The CDC is the best example yet that nothing is too oppressive, stupid, or pointless for bureaucrats to ram down your throat,” stated Sexton in a post.
The CDC is the best example yet that nothing is too oppressive, stupid, or pointless for bureaucrats to ram down your throat https://t.co/qmaj5svgKL
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) April 13, 2022
Various experts also issued their thoughts on the CDC extension. “I think it extends the inconsistencies,” stated Dr. Marc Siegel via Fox News.
“CDC just recently a couple weeks ago said OK, now we’re going to focus on severity, on hospitalizations, on deaths, not so much on case numbers. Meanwhile, everything has gone down, including case numbers. Hospitalizations are at all-time low from the beginning of the pandemic. Deaths have gone down below 650 for the first time in a really long time. And case numbers are under 30,000 a day,” he stated.
“If you’ve been on a plane lately, half the people are not wearing [masks] properly or taking them off for hours to eat. There’s no sense that you are making a safer environment there. The surgeon general told me today in an interview I just did he thinks the reason it’s staying in place is for people that have to go to work and have no other way to go there, and he wants a safe environment. CDC wants a safe environment. I don’t think it’s even working,” he continued.
This most recent extension takes place directly in the wake of a new poll that states that only about 10% of Americans think that the COVID-19 pandemic is still a “serious crisis.
The American people do think that the virus will still be a problem but think that it is entirely manageable. Roughly 73% say so, with just about 17% stating that COVID-19 is “not a problem at all.”
“Here’s another way to look at the overall numbers,” stated Axios. “About twice as large a share of Americans said COVID-19 is ‘not a problem at all’ (17%) than said it is ‘a serious crisis’ (9%).”
“The latest wave of our national survey actually found a slight uptick in people’s perceptions of the risks of certain activities, including flying, attending sports events and returning to work. Yet it shows the highest share of Americans visiting friends and family members outside the home — and the lowest rate of social distancing — since the early part of last summer,” claimed the website.
“Americans are ready for coronavirus regulations to ease up – if they haven’t already,” stated pollsters.