Meet the new boss, same as the old boss: CDC director urges people to mask up

The era of peak COVID hysteria may have subsided but there are still those who cling to the bad old days of forced masking and leftists were given a shot in the arm by the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who said that it’s time to break out the face diapers again.

In a short video posted to social media, Dr. Mandy Cohen who took over the helm of the massive national health bureaucracy from the disgraced Rochelle Walensky earlier this year, dragged out the latest variation of the society-paralyzing virus to urge Americans to roll up their sleeves to get jabbed and take appropriate precautions, including masking up for the holiday season.

“COVID is starting to increase again after being stable for the past few weeks. We’re also seeing increases in pneumonia cases which can increase this time of year,” the CDC boss said in the video, adding. “To protect yourself and your family this holiday season, take the steps that we do every year to protect ourselves. Get your updated COVID and flu vaccines and your RSV vaccine if you’re over 60. It’s not too late to get vaccinated if you haven’t already.”

Cohen also suggested putting the masks back on, saying, “And use additional layers of protection like avoiding people who are sick, washing your hands, improving ventilation, and wearing a mask.”

Judging from the reaction by X users, it may not be as easy to bamboozle Americans into compliance for a second round of pathogen panic thanks largely to the work of Walensky, Dr. Fauci and others who badly damaged public trust in the nation’s governmental health institutions.

According to a Friday CDC alert: “JN.1, a variant of the virus that causes COVID-19, is a closely related offshoot of the variant BA.2.86 that CDC has been tracking since August. JN.1 is currently projected to comprise 15-29% of circulating variants and continues to grow quickly compared with other variants. Its continued growth suggests that it is either more transmissible or better at evading our immune systems. At this time, there is no evidence that JN.1 presents an increased risk to public health relative to other currently circulating variants, and CDC is closely monitoring COVID-19 activity and JN.1 spread. The increase of this variant does not alter CDC’s COVID-19 recommendations, meaning that vaccines, tests, and treatments continue to work well against JN.1.”

“CDC will continue to track JN.1 and other variants, working closely with partners around the world, to provide the latest information. It’s a great time to get an updated COVID-19 vaccine if you haven’t already had one this fall, since infections are likely to increase in the coming weeks, as they tend to do this time of year regardless of variant,” the agency states on its website.

Chris Donaldson

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