It’s déjà vu all over again. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged the government into making another mandate extension that required all individuals in public transit to wear a mask to prevent a “surge” in COVID-19. This came after the agency initially issued an original 14-day screening period for those in planes, buses, trains, and other transit hubs. Keep in mind that the number of COVID-19 cases has fallen sharply since the omicron variant peaked in January. Regardless though, they’ve extended it an additional two weeks, supposedly, ending May 3rd.
The constantly changing guidelines are hard to keep up with, and make it difficult to plan anything in advance. They need to let us make our own decisions about how to protect ourselves and our families. We should be allowed to choose what risks we are willing to take- not have the government dictate it for us.
Do we really believe that another serge is coming? Or Is this just another way for the government to keep power? Let’s not forget that these mandates come with a cost. They infringe on our civil liberties, cause mental and emotional harm, and cost us financially. We can not be controlled by fear any longer. Moderate precaution is great, but let’s not let history repeat itself.