As of April 13, more than 189 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The seven-day moving average for cases sits at 49,409, the lowest since last October. There were 328 COVID-attributed deaths on April 11, the lowest number since early September.
This data, however, does not matter much to fear-mongering corporate media, who have tried to condition the American people into COVID alarmists camping out in their basements watching Trevor Noah until the end of time.
While those aged 18 to 24 have an estimated 0.006 percent probability of dying from the disease, a new YouGov poll shows this subgroup is the most “nervous about the prospect of social interaction.” Even though individuals 55 and older were polled as the least nervous about returning to normal, this subgroup is the most at risk of contracting the disease and dying.
Even though America is being vaccinated in record numbers and death rates are falling, whole swaths of the country remain in lockdown or full-mask modes.
Stay Inside Forever, They Say
The bars remain closed in Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s California, many businesses remain shuttered in New Mexico, and Wisconsin still advises residents to remain home, according to the most recent restrictions tracking. If you are a three-year-old child in Illinois, you are mandated to mask. Six-year-olds and up in Kentucky must wear a face covering in public, according to the state’s health department. Take a walk outside in Massachusetts as a five-year-old, and it’s time to mask up as well. Forget science.
Even with a case-fatality rate of 1.8 percent and a 99.8 percent survival rate for those younger than 70 in the United States, we allow ourselves to be led by talking heads who make a profit by pedaling fear porn. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the man who has contradicted himself more ridiculously than he can throw a baseball pitch, appeared on MSNBC on Sunday to say Americans still cannot eat indoors after being vaccinated.
Host Mehdi Hasan asked Fauci if it is okay for people to move indoors. Fauci replied, “No, it’s still not. For the simple reason that level of infection, the dynamics of infection in the community are still really disturbingly high.”
“If you are vaccinated, please remember that you still have to be careful and not get involved in crowded situations, particularly indoors where people are not wearing masks,” Fauci added.
Conservatives lost it after this — and for good reason.
At Mar-a-Lago beach club in Palm Beach, Fla. this past weekend, former President Donald Trump joked Fauci would eventually tell Americans to wear “five” masks. “Have you ever seen anybody that is so full of crap?” Trump said.
The message is clear. Even if you receive one of the COVID-19 vaccines, which have efficacy rates as high as 95 percent, you still need to supposedly social distance and live your life in a shell — or so the media says. An article in CNN a year ago said social distancing would continue until 2022 “if no vaccine is quickly found,” but it appears that the left is interested in Americans social distancing even after they receive a COVID vaccine, in addition to fostering endless societal alienation.
In an article in NBC News, Christina Wyman, an adjunct professor at Michigan State University, romanticized how the pandemic has “benefited” Americans, such as herself, by lessening the anxiety of hugging and kissing. “The pandemic has unshackled me from the casual touches that define interpersonal communication for most people,” Wyman wrote.
“While I long for the day that the pandemic will disappear like a thief into the night, I fervently hope that this deeper respect for physical boundaries stays with us,” Wyman wrote.
This is the kind of nonsense that plagues America. People need to be together again, not shuttered away in Zoom cubicles, never touching anyone again. Any romanticizing of the “new normal” in America needs to be rejected. And it will be, as people more and more go out in public and realize the physical world supersedes the artificial one.
Social Distancing Not Required for Social Justice
Back in January, Matthew Conlen, Denise Lu, and Why Vaccines Alone Will Not End the Pandemic,” citing a model and supposedly predictive study by Columbia University.
“The arrival of highly effective vaccines in December lifted hopes that they would eventually slow or stop the spread of the disease through the rest of the population,” the article states. “But vaccines alone are not enough, the model shows.” If vaccines are not enough for Americans to resume their lives, what is? What is acceptable to cease the shifting goalposts?
This question has been answered already. The left wants to shutter our lives until something appealing to the “social justice” cause pops up, like another Black Lives Matter protest turned rogue. The New York Times, which has blared COVID alarmism throughout the pandemic, published a piece this past summer titled “Are Protests Dangerous? What Experts Say May Depend on Who’s Protesting What.”
“Why protests aren’t as dangerous for spreading coronavirus as you might think,” ran a headline in The Guardian. “Black Lives Matter protests haven’t led to COVID-19 spikes. It may be due to people staying home,” MSNBC said, referencing a National Bureau of Economic Research that only referenced data three weeks after the events ensued.
But when Floridians go out in public, or when people flock to the Sunshine State for spring break (which admittedly will get rowdy), it is a COVID-19 super spreader. When Trump has a rally, it’s a super spreader. When Republicans riot for a day at the Capitol, it is a super spreader.
Beyond the reality that everything is only a super spreader to a party intent on politicizing a disease, the left’s intention of keeping Americans in lockdown mode forever and ever is destructive beyond measure. In addition, it is insulting our intelligence while eroding our constitutional rights and societal freedoms.