Conflicting COVID-19 Messages Frustrate America

Conflicting COVID-19 Messages Frustrate America

( – Few things are worse than a troubled nation growing weary of contradictions. Yet, more than one year after COVID-19 devastated lives, families, and livelihoods, America grows more restless with public health officials and politicians who keep saying there is light at the end of the tunnel thanks to vaccinations, while, at the same time, painting a bleak picture of the future. Today’s situation is proving more than ever why federalism works, and the federal government shouldn’t be the overseer of American lives.

In recent days, the CDC revised its recommendation for vaccinated people, signaling positive changes in response to the growing rate of vaccinations across the country. However, Dr. Anthony Fauci repeatedly goes on interviews to undermine the CDC. Yet, he can’t explain why infection rates are dropping in states with no mask mandates. To complicate things further, the CDC is also recommending that one state shut down again altogether. If it’s getting a bit frustrating, it’s for a good reason. America can thank an overzealous, over-bloated federal government whose left hand can’t coordinate with its right.

Fauci Fatigue Ensues

Just a year ago, the media claimed that the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr. Anthony Fauci, was the most trusted man in America. My, how the mighty have fallen. Recently, the CDC revised its guidelines for vaccinated individuals. The health agency said it was safe for vaccinated people to gather together in small groups without masks or worries about COVID-19. 

Don’t tell Fauci that. On Monday, April 12, America’s most contradictory health leader said just the opposite. He said no one should be together indoors without masks, even if they are vaccinated.

Confusion Reigns as Infection Rates Drop in Maskless States

While highly regulated Democratic-led states are experiencing spikes in COVID-19 infection rates, the opposite is happening in southern GOP-led states that abandoned their mask mandates. It’s been 40 days in Mississippi and Texas since they dropped the requirement to wear a mask. Fauci said it was “risky” and “dangerous.”

However, the data shows the trends. In Texas, the CDC reports that there were more than 7,000 positive COVID-19 cases in early March. On April 11, it was less than 4,000. It gets better. Over that same period, death numbers dropped from 232 to 24.

When asked about how that could be, Fauci was at a loss for words. 

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Fauci ignores “100 years of vaccine science. His only real theme is ‘do what I say’ even when it makes no sense.”

CDC Calls for Michigan Shutdown

On Sunday morning, April 11, America was closing in on 73 million people being fully vaccinated. That’s nearly 22% of the entire population, and every day that number grows larger. However, in one of the most COVID-19-regulated states in America, infection rates are on the rise. 

On Monday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director, said Michigan should close the entire state down again. She said the state needs to go back to where it was last spring and summer to flatten the curve. Walensky seemingly contradicted the CDC and public health experts by saying that vaccination is not the immediate solution to Michigan’s acute problem.

Is shutting down an entire state really a viable option as people grow frustrated and weary of shutdowns that may cause more damage to mental health and livelihoods than perhaps the disease itself?

Messaging Contradictions Are Ruining Experts’ Credibility

The messaging coming from Washington, DC, is leading to confusion and frustration across America. One day, there’s hope. The next day, there’s despair. The rules change fast, and our leaders contradict each other and themselves. 

If America learns anything from this, it’s that the response to the pandemic has shown the brilliance of the Founding Fathers once again. They understood that the government will always seek to gain more power and control when the opportunity presents itself. The Bill of Rights seeks to prevent that from happening. It proves that Constitutional constraints on the federal government exist for a purpose. They prevent any individual or group from dominating over America and restricting citizen’s God-given liberties.

America needs to be able to trust its leaders. Right now, they are failing the country.

Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst

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