As new COVID-19 coronavirus cases continue to rise in the U.S., state and federal officials are again calling for Americans to wear masks indoors.
While we understand the frustration of those who are fully vaccinated and wonder why the government seems to be moving backwards, your anger should be focused on the real culprits: the willingly unvaccinated and those helping to spread misinformation about the vaccine.
As Gov. Phil Murphy stated this week, 99.9% of the new cases since mid-January are from individuals who have not received the vaccine. In fact, Of the 4,758,520 fully vaccinated individuals studied as of July 12, only 5,678 New Jersey residents tested positive for COVID who were fully vaccinated.
There are political and media forces in the U.S. that are actively spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine, under the guise of personal freedoms and the seemingly-innocent “just asking questions.” But they are not really looking for clarity—they want their anti-vaxx positions reinforced by those in their own echo chamber.
This is aimed mainly at Republicans and their preferred outlets of choice such as FOX News, OANN and Newsmax. They were all on board when then President Donald Trump was pushing for red tape to be cut to get a vaccine. But their questions only began to arise when President Joe Biden took office.
And for all those supporting the GOP media machine’s stance, we ask this question:
Where were the objections to vaccine requirements when kids had to get their yearly shots for school or to play sports?
We remember when anti-vaxxers were considered as extremists not to be taken seriously. Like, last year.
We are not naive enough to know there will be a mask mandate coming sooner or later. The new guidance delivered this week is only for indoors where the virus has been its most lethal. You still do not have to wear a mask outdoors or in your homes or at private parties.
But the return of masks into our daily lives is because of the real culprits: those who are not getting vaccinated to make a political statement and those enabling them.