After reports of Covid cases rising 10% over the past week, Rochelle Walensky, Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stated during a press conference Monday that she fears “impending doom” and is “scared” regarding the course of Covid in the United States. She has continually argued that until the vast majority of the population has received a Covid vaccine, people should continue to mask up, only travel if essential, and practice social distancing.
“I’m speaking today not necessarily as your CDC director, but as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter to ask you to just please hold on a little while longer.”Rochelle Walensky
The Right is critical of what they believe to be ongoing efforts and excuses to continue lockdowns. Hannah Bleau, a writer for Breitbart News, noted, “Meanwhile, states that have reopened are continuing to fare better than ‘model’ blue states such as New York in terms of new cases of the virus. Both Florida and Texas do not have mask mandates in place and have lifted restrictions on businesses and are continuing to report fewer new cases of the virus than the Empire State.”
“Covid Cultists are starting to wail about people doing normal things like meeting each other in a park, saying this will lead to a new lockdown. They sound like primitive tribespeople, afraid that the sky will fall on their heads if they disobey their Covid gods.”Karen Harradine, journalist and anthropologist
“The fact is that this deadly virus has been the greatest political gift to the Democratic Party since the Great Depression…they are wanting it to continue so that they can exploit it for their political and partisan ends of greatly expanding the size and scope of the federal government and having control over people’s lives,” argued Mollie Hemingway, political commentator and senior editor for The Federalist.
The Left fears the same as Walensky and believes the reasons for the spike are increased travel, people’s failure to wear masks, and general laxness regarding Covid regulations. President Joe Biden, who has called for a nationwide mask mandate, stated, “The war against Covid-19 is far from won.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease specialist and the White House chief medical advisor, noted, “What we’re likely seeing is because of things like spring break and pulling back on the mitigation methods that you’ve seen now.” Walensky has criticized governors that have loosened mask and other Covid restrictions, saying it is “irresponsible” and premature.
“Listen to CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky! C’mon Americans! We are winners, not quitters. We are almost there. Don’t quit running the marathon at mile 25.”Michael McFaul, professor and columnist
This is our warning call, America.— Atul Gawande (@Atul_Gawande) March 30, 2021
Cases are now climbing again in a majority of states–esp across the northeast and midwest.@CDCDirector Walensky is right to be sounding the alarm. This is how surges start. pic.twitter.com/1YWCiwcVKA