Here are five latest developments and things to know about masking in the U.S. as Democrats, RINOS and Big Pharma face stern opposition in upcoming midterm elections.
1. Six more states have introduced changes to their mask rules: California, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Oregon.
2. The governors in California, Delaware and Oregon have all set expiration dates for statewide indoor mask mandates.
3. In New York, a rule requiring businesses to ask customers for proof of vaccination or require masks expired Feb. 9. A separate mandate requiring masks be worn in New York schools is set to expire in a few weeks, though it’s not yet clear whether that will be dropped or extended.
Connecticut, Delaware and New Jersey have also set dates for when school-based mask mandates will expire.
4. The six states proposing changes are led by Democratic governors, which adds another acknowledgment that the CDC, FDA, Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Biden Administration’s provided inconsistent and questionable approaches to masking guidance throughout the pandemic.
The political party control of states has come to be an inconsistent framework of variations in masking rules. Many Democratic governors enforced the strictest masking mandates, while their Republican counterparts lifted mandates, did not issue them or in some instances, such as Texas and Florida, banned them successfully.
5. Mask mandates have been following political party lines. With the clout lobbyists, Big Pharma, Big Tech, and mainstream media has with Democrats and RINOs, there continues the likelihood to mandates will be reintroduced during future or seasonal surges.
Many officials and medical experts are providing mixed messages regarding the relaxation of public health restrictions, including mask mandates and indoor gathering restrictions. To the dismay of Big Pharma stakeholders and stockholders, the “omicron surge” is receding.
According to Ashish Jha, MD, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health in Providence, R.I., “Why not leave them on? Because mask mandates are costly and should be used sparingly, and because during future surges, we may need to ask people to pull back or mask up again.”
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