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Mayor Bowser issued an order that as of this Saturday, masks must be worn indoors in every public, retail, or office building in the District of Columbia regardless of vaccination status.
One gets used to breathtakingly stupid actions by the DC Govt. but this is pretty stunning. Why now?
- DC has roughly 5 to 30 persons out of 700,000 who are likely currently infectious
- The average daily COVID-related death total has been between 0 and 1 for three months.
- There is no uptick in hospitalizations. Currently zero COVID ICU use.
- CDC now thinks that 1 in 4,300 vaccinated persons could get reinfected –with mild symptoms.
- Masking nor any other interventions accomplished any spread reduction in the past
The DC “hotspot” state list (always mostly red states) was updated several times. That this was incredibly stupid was widely noticed–for example, travel to help Democratic candidates was exempt from the order.
I did not add the many other orders on the graph but suffice it to say none of this worked. DC experienced the same case curve as the larger region no matter what. If you want to see the dominant seasonality pattern that is characteristic of COVID, here are DC, MD, DE, and PA graphed below. (It is left as an exercise for the student to identify the states). Again. COVID’s gonna COVID on its own terms in its own time cycle. And yet we must keep pretending that our betters are Doing Something About It and that we have a handle on all the mechanisms of transmission.
These orders and interventions are no longer honest mistakes or best guesses with limited info. This is insanity. The same people who are fond of tossing around the term “denialism” and claiming to be the “Party of Science” are completely detached from scientific method and common sense. Keep doing what does not work–or else!Published in