Federal government extends COVID-19 emergency declaration despite Biden declaring pandemic ‘over’

In another stunning display of inconsistency, the federal government extended the COVID-19 health emergency for another 90 days on Thursday, despite the fact that President Joe Biden declared COVID-19 over weeks earlier.

U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra said that “a public health emergency exists and has existed since January 27, 2020, nationwide,” and will remain in effect.

Under the health emergency, healthcare has seen widespread changes.

Changes under an emergency declaration

Tens of millions more people qualified for expanded Medicaid coverage, and some of them will lose their benefits when the emergency ends.

Telehealth coverage was expanded, and doctors were able to charge the same rates for telehealth as for in-person visits.

Also, the emergency authorization of COVID-19 testing, vaccines and treatments was put into effect. Rescinding the emergency might affect those authorizations.

Although the emergency technically remains in effect, it is no longer impacting how people live and work.

According to Worldometers, the 7-day average of deaths from the virus has dropped to 255, which is around the same level as a bad flu year.

Will it ever end?

It makes one wonder whether the powers that be will ever determine that we can go back to “normal,” since doing so would mean a diminishment of their power.

Biden’s administration including top health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has tried to walk back his comments about the pandemic being “over,” saying they don’t want people to balk at further vaccine doses or treatments if they do get COVID-19.

If the feds ever do decide to end the emergency, they said they would give 60 days notice.

I wouldn’t recommend holding your breath for that to happen any time soon, however.

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