At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the lack of information created conflicting messages and unscientific mitigation measures. However, there’s no excuse two years into the pandemic.
Amid surging cases, California has extended its mask mandate for indoor activities even as experts are beginning to admit cloth masks are useless, Fox News reported. The mandate, which was supposed to expire this month, will be in effect through Feb.15.
“At that time, we will again re-evaluate the condition across California, our communities and our health-care delivery settings to make sure that we are taking the latest information into account to determine if there would be another extension, or if we’re prepared to lift that requirement across the state,” State Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said Wednesday. “Omicron is here and it’s here now.”
Los Angeles County has seen a significant uptick, with 45,000 additional cases reported Tuesday following the holiday season. This again prompted the criminal courts to shut down for two weeks as well as the federal U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, which was shuttered for three weeks.
Despite the hysteria, Ghaly promised Super Bowl LVI will still be held on Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium, which has a mask mandate of its own. The venue is located in the city of Inglewood just outside of Los Angeles and hosts the Los Angeles Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles.
This all comes at a time when experts are finally admitting that cloth masks are mostly useless. “Cloth masks are little more than facial decorations. There’s no place for them in light of Omicron,” said CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen said Tuesday.
Wen is a visiting professor of health policy and management and emergency department physician at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. “This is what scientists and public health officials have been saying for months, many months, in fact,” Wen admitted.
Los Angeles is a case study of the uselessness of government interventions to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Perhaps health officials had an excuse when there was scant data, but now it’s clear that these measures do little more than muzzle the population — so why cling to them?