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Mask U-Turn

MAY 21, 2021

The CDC reversed its guidelines for a national mask mandate this week, but a resistance of conscious objectors may be setting the trends.

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Masks ensure that I won’t infect you if I’m a carrier of COVID-19. It’s common sense and you needn’t be a scientist to understand it. Just a conscionable human being.

On Thursday, the Center for Disease Control, the national public health agency of the United States, reversed its recommendation regarding the controversial nationwide mandate of mask wearing. In a stunning reversal that came without warning to either the 50 states of the White House the CDC said;

If you’re fully vaccinated you may resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic — without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart — except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, including local business and workplace guidance.

The CDC went further to advise and instruct both domestic and international travelers;

You do not need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it. You must show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States, and be tested 3-5 days after your return. Finally, if you travel within the US, you do not need to get tested before or after travel within the 50 states.

Millions of Reasons to Believe

As of today, 120 million people have been fully vaccinated in the United States. That’s 36.6% of the US population.

In all, a total of 268 million have received their first shot and confirms the U.S. population’s 328 million are cooperating with or completed the inoculation process. California, Texas, New York, Florida and Pennsylvania are leading the way and confirm a nonpartisan approach and response to the vaccine. Yet 60 million outliers remain, many of whom are children. While the FDA expanded the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “They can’t be left behind. The president’s goal is to ensure that every American has access to the vaccine by the 4th of July.”

Selfless Acts of Service

Though 346 million people have been fully vaccinated around the world, its well to remember we share our planet with nearly 8 billion people. India’s second surge is far worse than its first, and Brazil’s hospitals are in a state of collapse. In fact, 162 million lives have been touched by Covid-19 in some way or other, and the worst is yet to come amongst 3rd world countries. While these new epicenters are confounding the east and western hemispheres of the planet, the United States didn’t record a single death from Covid-19 yesterday. The unprecedented approach to the pandemic within the United States which, by rights, began with emergency funding under the administration of Donald Trump, has and continues to be executed under President Biden who affirms, “There will be no forgotten men. No forgotten races.”

Though the death toll in the United States has reached nearly 600,000 souls, it’s worth mentioning that the carnage and devastation, for now, seems to have plateaued. Yes, vaccinated people can still catch and spread Covid-19, but as state and local businesses begin lifting their restrictions, its industry leaders like The Home Depot and Target which, for now, are choosing to keep them in place. “We’ve reached a familiar trailhead in the American story,” said Vice President Kamala Harris. Speaking from the Rose Garden she said, “The paths of civics and self interest point and lead us in very different directions, and each of us must determine if and when to pass.” Indeed, "the world will not be destroyed by those who're evil," Albert Einstein once said, "but rather by those who very simply do nothing."

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