Stupidocrisy: Uncle Sam Says

It was a little over a year ago at the height of COVID 19 infections that my son and I returned from Ghana just hours ahead of the travel ban. We had no masks. There was no social distancing. Upon deplaning, we were all standing in line at Dulles Airport waiting to get our temperature checked. Then all of a sudden, the world goes absolutely crazy. Quarantining healthy people, shutting down flourishing businesses, requiring masks indoors and outdoors, creating social classes of people from those who are and are not vaccinated. Now the CDC has come out with new guidelines saying that people who are vaccinated still must wear masks. It’s confusing. If you can’t get the virus, why wear a mask?

Dr Fauci, the chief COVID guy, has waffled more times than a breakfast restaurant on these COVID restrictions. Wear a mask, don’t wear a mask; children wear a mask; children don’t wear a mask; children can’t get the virus; children can get the virus; The virus can transmit on any surface; the virus can’t transmit from surfaces; stay six feet apart, three feet is OK. Safe to go without a mask outside, unsafe to go without a mask outside. This is like a never-ending game of Simon Says, or shall we say “Uncle Sam Says,” and to a certain extent, the CDC, Fauci, and state and local governments are probably getting a good laugh at watching all of us put on and take off our masks, and jump from three feet to six feet every time they put out another dictum.

So the latest from CDC is incredible—here ya go from the CDC website itself: For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to: Take precautions in indoor public settings like wearing a well-fitted mask; Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease; Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people from multiple households; Avoid indoor large-sized in-person gatherings; Get tested if experiencing COVID -19 symptoms; Follow guidance issued by individual employers; Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.” There you have it. The end of our public service message from the CDC.

Let’s get this straight. You get the vaccine so you are protected from getting COVID and can go back to some semblance of normal living. Right? Yet, even when you get the vaccine, you still have to take all the precautions non-vaccinated people must take so you don’t get the virus and spread it. So what is this all about? CDC says on its website that they don’t know how long vaccine protection lasts or if it is effective against other strains. CDC says “Until more is known and vaccination coverage increases, some prevention measures will continue to be necessary in some settings for all people, regardless of vaccination status.” Christ said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” While we are figuring all that out, we can fill our time with another game of Uncle Sam Says—“raise your mask over your eyes.”  Say it with me…Stupidocrisy.

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Bill Wilson

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