By Tristan Justice
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifted face mask recommendations for vaccinated people Thursday.
“Fully vaccinated people,” the CDC wrote, may “resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”
Lockdown advocates and leftists who adopted the face mask as a political marker, however, despite full vaccination, pledged to maintain their obedience to strict pandemic mask protocols for fear of even the slightest appearance of association with conservatives they hold in contempt.
This idea to engage in such self-restriction was first mocked online after the CDC relaxed recommendations for vaccinated people outdoors. The DCist published an anonymous “Overheard in D.C.” post which featured an individual conceding the face mask is unnecessary but added, “I really don’t want people to think I’m a Republican.”
MSNBC’s Joy Reid celebrated how she, fully vaccinated, would continue to jog in the park with two masks on regardless of the new CDC guidance. For leftists, the agency’s guidances used to be taken as sacred gospel, especially under the Trump administration. Reid is now not only rejecting those she previously revered at the CDC, but hurting herself while she engages in the performative theater.
The movement to adopt face masks as a permanent fixture for the sake of signaling a political team appears to have expanded beyond an anonymous “overheard in D.C.” post and into an actual concept pursued by pro-mask, and therefore anti-vaxxer, leftists.
On Friday, Parkland shooting survivor-turned liberal activist David Hogg wrote, “I feel the need to continue wearing my mask outside even though I’m fully vaccinated because the inconvenience of having to wear a mask is more than worth it to have people not think I’m not a conservative.”
The responses to President Joe Biden’s Instagram post announcing the new CDC guidance is also telling.
“New CDC Guidance,” Biden wrote. “Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask.”
Some users were outraged.
“Yeah I would but I’m not tryna be looking like an anti-vaxxer,” one wrote.
Another said, “I don’t want to look like an anti-masker. That’s my only problem.”
“I’m still wearing my mask cause I don’t want to be mistaken for a Republican,” wrote another.
Those demanding strict compliance with face masks, even post-vaccination, are essentially expressing how little faith they have in the efficacy of the vaccine. If one got vaccinated and is therefore protected from the virus, why treat others’ behavior as a life-threatening risk?
It seems those demanding life with absolute zero risk also never got the memo they could stay home and refrain from participation in the activities they disapprove. That was true even before the arrival of vaccines.
So far as I can see there are only 3 reasons to wear a mask at all now.
1) You truly are afraid of contracting/spreading Covid and believe that wearing a mask will keep you and everyone else safe.
2) You do not believe in the utility/efficacy of masks but you do not wish to offend the true believers (kool-aide drinkers?) and so continue to wear a mask.
3) You are virtue signaling and wear a mask even in private as an act of penance for whatever imaginary social sins you believe you have committed.
If you can see a reason to wear a mask at this time kindly elucidate.
so how is anyone going to know if a person is vaccinated to comply with the idiot’s statement “Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask.” A law called HIPPA prevents anyone from random access to medical information on a patient. example, the buffalo football stadium is open to only vaccinated-soo woke. recall that the term woke is not new but can be found in the literature in 1939.
Recall, if one does the research, that the flue of 1918 had four stages, the last stage extended into 1922. the fused death toll for one year (2015 population statistic) in the combined cities of nyc, la, and chi. is about 140,000 deaths/year. Surprise ! no one does the research. the democrats have learned from Joseph Gobble’s work: create a fantasy event, lie to the mass via bogus propaganda, incite mass panic, Nazi’s to the rescue. No one reads history much less learns from it.
au contraire They (being the left) have learned all too well – seeing that damn near everything in their current agenda follows that playbook – while trying to paint conservatives as the Nazi’s.