- The Washington Times - Monday, March 8, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can go fly a kite.

There are now more fully vaccinated people in the U.S. than the total number of confirmed coronavirus infections, but the government agency would like to see us locked down and masked up forever. It’s time for Americans to take back their freedoms from an agency that had no power to take them in the first place.

New guidelines from the CDC released today say fully vaccinated people can safely visit with other fully vaccinated people and with low-risk non-vaccinated individuals indoors but should still wear masks, avoid large gatherings and physically distance when in public. In addition, they shouldn’t be traveling. Really? Why? 

Pfizer’s and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccinations are 95% effective, and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccination, while having 66% overall efficacy, is 85% effective in preventing severe disease. The CDC presented no evidence to suggest that fully vaccinated people can still transmit the virus, yet their new guidelines are treating fully vaccinated people as if they do.

The CDC admitted 78% of people hospitalized with COVID-19 were overweight or obese, yet they issued no guidance to curb obesity in America. This is the same CDC that issued guidance on school reopening based on community transmission and students spaced 6 feet apart — both of which aren’t supported by the science.



This is the same CDC that published a study that found wearing two masks is better than one but stopped short of recommending that everyone double masks. The same CDC that opposes states from lifting coronavirus restrictions, while ignoring the success open states such Florida and North Dakota have had in terms of protecting their most vulnerable and getting kids back to school.  

Americans should stop relying on the CDC to live their lives — and abide by practical, common-sense health precautions. After all, the agency is there to give advice, not issue mandates.

If it were up to the CDC, men could drink no more than two alcoholic drinks per day and women would be limited to one. Fast-food and cigarettes would be banned. Raw cookie dough would never be consumed.

CDC guidance has always been more cautionary than realistic. We will never live in a zero-risk society, and government health officials will never give us permission to be unhealthy — but who cares?

“People should be prepared for government health experts to preach excessive caution indefinitely because that’s what the experts have always done,” Robby Soave at Reason wrote. “Normal does not mean the CDC grants permission to enjoy life again; normal means ignoring the CDC and enjoying life anyway.”

Amen.

So, get vaccinated and then hug your grandchildren, go to the movies, take that trip to Hawaii and ditch the mask. God bless, if you’re waiting on the CDC’s permission to do so. 

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