The Medical Frauds at CDC Extend the Federal Mask Mandate & Covid Political Theater
CDC Extends Federal Mask Mandate
By: Zachary Stieber
The order will remain in place another 15 days, until May 3, to let officials at the agency assess whether the BA.2 virus subvariant drives a fresh wave of cases.
“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,” the CDC said in a statement.
The order was first imposed in January 2021 and applies to trains, airplanes, and other modes of transportation under purview of federal officials, as well as transportation hubs like airports.
The CDC has repeatedly extended the order, despite growing opposition to the move. Leaders of 10 U.S. airlines in a letter in March urged the Biden administration to rescind the order, noting that COVID-19 metrics have plunged and that authorities across the country have rolled back or eliminated restrictions.
Separately, groups of pilots and flight attendants filed lawsuits against the CDC and its parent agency, alleging the mask order is unlawful.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, said in a statement that the latest extension “simply prolongs the misery that passengers and flight attendants are being forced to endure.”
“This is not evidence-based, but simply more COVID theater,” he said.
The CDC’s move came after it said it would allow Title 42, a pandemic-era order that enabled quick expulsion of illegal immigrants because they may carry the virus that causes COVID-19, to expire.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC’s director, said the action was taken because COVID-19 cases fell by over 95 percent between January and March and because more of the population has some form of immunity from vaccination and/or prior infection.
According to data reported to the CDC, about 36,300 COVID-19 cases were recorded on April 11. That was a slight increase from a week prior.
COVID-19-related hospitalizations and deaths are also relatively flat after bottoming out following January’s peaks.
Some experts pin the rise in cases on BA.2, a subvariant of Omicron.
Omicron is a variant of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes COVID-19.
White House COVID-19 coordinator Ashish Jha had said earlier this week that a mask mandate extension was “absolutely on the table” but it would be up to the CDC whether to allow the mandate to expire or extend it once again.
Source: The Epoch Times