[May 4, 2021] Throughout the West, we are witnessing an unusual trend. Organizations of all stripes are being politicized, where their mission changes depending upon political party affiliation. The downside to politicization is the usefulness of that organization.
A recent example is the U.S. Center for Disease Control. Tasked with protecting American health, safety, and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S.1 CDC leadership has pledged to base all public health decisions on the highest quality scientific data derived openly and objectively. This is, indeed, a noble goal; necessary for the continued trust and confidence citizens have in them.
Yet, the CDC is an organization discredited by the COVID-19 virus and America’s response to it. This picture is a snapshot of the agency’s latest guidance for vaccinated and non-vaccinated Americans:
Common sense tells us that it is just about impossible to either catch or transmit the COVID virus if you have been vaccinated. Why would any vaccinated person wear a mask at an outdoor event? The indoor guidelines are likewise absurd. You have to wear a mask to go to an “uncrowded” shopping center. Why? No one I know does that, with good reason.
Case data unequivocally shows that masks do not work, and the way we use them is far from perfect.2,3,4 There is no good argument for wearing masks if you have been vaccinated. The only reason I can think of is that those “in charge” (politicians, police, health officials) believe those not vaccinated will also stop wearing masks. And, how do you tell us apart?
Here is what I’m starting to see. People are no longer wearing masks because they are vaccinated, and wearing a mask makes no sense. They have looked at the world around them, see that masks have no benefit, and have made a simple commonsense decision to stop wearing masks when it does no one any good.
Even small stores are getting rid of their mask mandates. Only large organizations continue to carry on with this politicized policy. I predict that folks will be bolder in their rebellion against the apparent political bias of the CDC and begin to ignore any guidelines that originate there.