Could Mask Mandates and COVID Hysteria be making a Comeback?

August 21, 2023
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

With new COVID variants, including BA.2.86 and EG.5, in the news, the same media and activists on the Left who were most fanatical about masks and other heavy-handed COVID policies during the pandemic are now pushing mask mandates again.

Conservatives warned it could be a precursor to a return to oppression in the name of fighting COVID, and vowed collectively not to "comply."

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, tweeted out the message: "COVID [does not equal] constitutional authority" above a tweet by Ryan Cunningham that states: "The WHO [World Health Organization], CDC, Biden Admin are fear mongering a new COVID variant BA.2.86 after highly mutated strain reported in Michigan. Sources in DHS and Emergency Management (my field) are already preparing for lockdowns and restrictions. Look at today's headlines. It’s a coordinated government & media campaign."

The post flashed a string of ominous-sounding headlines from the following media: CBS News, NBC News, the Guardian, CNBC, Times of Israel, ABC News, Reuters, Washington Post and the New York Post. Here is the headline in the left-wing British newspaper the Guardian: "New COVID variant causing concern among scientists detected in London."

But with most Americans enjoying their freedom and thrilled the era of compelled mask-wearing is over – and conservatives already vowing not to comply with renewed COVID restrictions – it appears it would be a lot harder for elites to instill mass COVID paranoia and the tyranny that flows from it than it was in the initial phase of the pandemic under Donald Trump's presidency.

"There is no strong evidence to support mask mandates to prevent the spread of COVID-19," tweeted med student and scientist Kevin Bass Saturday, accompanied by a video of a student being dragged out of a school board meeting in El Paso, Texas, by police because he refused to obey a mask mandate.

"Never sacrifice the constitution in the name of Safety! It leads to totalitarianism! Resist!" tweeted Cunningham on Aug. 18.

"I will never comply with any new Covid mandates, lockdowns and will not be wearing that stupid mask...Who's with me," said conservative comedian Terrence Williams in a post on Twitter ("X") Sunday. At press time it had nearly a quarter of a million views.

Even less dangerous than Omicron

Moreover, the new variant is less dangerous that the Omicron variant that spawned it, says one COVID dissident, independent writer and former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson.

"After a long quiet stretch, media and Twitter Covid scaremongering is on the rise," Berenson writes on his Substack page Aug. 17. "The noise raises two questions. Is anything actually happening? And, if not, why all the shrieking?"

"The first question is easier to answer: No. Nothing is happening," he writes in the piece titled, "Why are the Covid hysterics at it again?"

"Cases and hospitalizations have risen slightly this summer, but Omicron remains very mild. Many if not most Covid-reported hospitalizations are incidental, and most Covid deaths are incidental or end-of-life," he reports. "Of course, Sars-Cov-2 continues to mutate, like all viruses. Theoretically, it could change in a way that increases its dangers. ... But despite the caterwauling about new strains, viruses generally become more transmissible and less virulent. Sars-Cov-2 has been no exception. Since Omicron displaced Delta globally in December 2021, none of its subvariants have shown signs of reversing that trend."

As WND reported in February, a major British meta-study revealed that wearing face-masks – even fancier N95 masks – probably has "little or no" effect in protecting against COVID-19 and the flu compared to not wearing one.

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