Surprise! Surprise! Two months after lifting business restrictions and mask mandates, Texas reported yesterday no deaths linked to COVID.
Once again the fear-mongers were wrong. Biden called the officials in both Texas and Mississippi “neanderthals” for their decisions to end lockdowns and mask requirements. Others predicted a wave of deaths that would boggle the mind.
Instead, cases of COVID dropped quickly, to actually reach zero for the first time in fourteen months. Though I am sure there will be new coronavirus cases and deaths, that the numbers dropped after removing the stupid lockdowns and mask mandates is just another illustration of how failed a policy those lockdowns and mask mandates were.
Nor is any of this a surprise to anyone who has read this website for the past year. I have been saying from day one that the lockdowns were a terrible mistake, and that the mask mandates were not only useless but possibly very counter-productive. As another writer noted today, “The Neanderthals were right.”
[W]hat this shows is that the things the “experts” have so harped on were never the silver bullet in fighting the coronavirus. Arbitrary lockdowns and nonsensical indoor and outdoor mask mandates were pervasive in many states that did far worse than places like Florida, which had little to no restrictions throughout the pandemic.
This should have been common sense for figures like Dr. Anthony Fauci, who to this day is still insisting children, yes children, need to wear masks into the fall next year. But they were never truly following the science. Rather, they were following politics, and politics demanded that federal authorities, from the president to bureaucrats, had a scapegoat for their failures. Masks and lockdowns became that because any time bad news emerged, they could always blame you instead of their chosen policies. You see, if you would just follow their edicts more closely, then everything would be fine.
In reality, that was an incredibly ignorant and damaging way to run the response to a pandemic. Some may ask why Texas saw such a dramatic drop following the recension of its COVID restrictions and mandates. In my opinion, the answer is simple: It was always smarter to encourage people to get outside, spread out, and mitigate in smarter ways (i.e. light social distancing vs. obsessing over ineffective masks). When households are the chief vector, not gyms, schools, and restaurants, you should not be closing the latter, forcing people to stay cooped up in an environment where the spread is most common.
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