Breitbart reports that the Biden administration is currently considering whether or not to reverse the trend of relaxed COVID-19 precautions and reimpose various measures, such as a mask mandate.
The cause of this appears to be the Delta variant of the coronavirus, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) label as a variant of “concern.” The agency defines this as a variant “for which there is evidence of an increase in transmissibility, more severe disease (e.g., increased hospitalizations or deaths), significant reduction in neutralization by antibodies generated during previous infection or vaccination, reduced effectiveness of treatments or vaccines, or diagnostic detection failures.”
Currently, the Delta variant is responsible for about 20 percent of coronavirus cases here in the United States. This percentage, though, is forecasted by the CDC to increase in the fall and winter, particularly in those areas of the United States where vaccination rates are lower.
It is partly for this reason that the World Health Organization (WHO) just put out a statement warning that the coronavirus pandemic “is not over.” The WHO also said that the coronavirus “vaccine alone won’t stop community transmission,” and that, accordingly, “people need to continue to use masks consistently, be in ventilated spaces, hand hygiene … the physical distance, avoid crowding.”
The Biden administration is said to only be considering whether to reimpose coronavirus restrictions. Some states are already going a step further.
In Illinois, for example, Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) is already urging people to wear masks.
“I think when we leave our home every day, I would encourage everybody — whether you’re vaccinated or not — to bring your mask with you,” he said. “You know what the guidelines are across the state of Illinois, and use your mask accordingly.”
Similarly, Los Angeles County, California, has already recommended that people go back to wearing masks indoors, even if vaccinated.
What the people say:
A new poll, conducted this week by the Trafalgar Group, found that the majority of Americans do not want the government to take action against the Delta variant.
63 percent of participants said specifically, that, in response to the Delta variant, the “government should take no action,” that “with [the] widespread availability of the vaccines and treatments individuals can make personal decisions on how to respond.”
Only 17.7 percent of participants said that the “government should reinstate mandates for mask-wearing and social distancing.”
Studies have suggested that the Moderna coronavirus vaccine should be effective against the Delta variant.