Nearly Half of All New US COVID Cases Are Coming from 5 States

Nearly Half of All New US COVID Cases Are Coming from 5 States

Remember “Neanderthal thinking?”

It’s a moment worth remembering, because it sums up the problem with the Biden administration’s approach to fighting COVID-19. It’s one that I revisit frequently, even though it happened over a month ago. In early March, two states — Mississippi and Texas — removed all mask mandates and occupancy limits, trusting its businesses and citizens to act responsibly as case counts dipped and more were vaccinated.

President Joe Biden was indignant: “Look, I hope everybody’s realized by now, these masks make a difference,” Biden told reporters March 3.

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“The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, ‘everything is fine, take off your masks.’ Forget it. It still matters.”

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