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Fauci Says ‘Don’t Think So’ to the End of Wearing Masks on Airplanes

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It’s a battle between Fauci and the friendly skies. On Sunday, White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci refuted top airline CEO’s by saying we should continue wearing masks on airplanes.

ABC News This Week host Jonathan Karl asked Fauci about comments made by several top airline CEOs at a Senate commerce committee hearing last Wednesday. “CEOs of the top airlines said that on an airplane you are actually safer than you are in an ICU” because of the filtration systems, said Karl.

Karl then asks Fauci, “They were suggesting that there really isn’t much of a need for a mask on an airplane. Are we gonna get to the point where we won’t have to wear masks on airplanes?”

Without hesitation, Fauci responded, “I don’t think so. I think when you’re dealing with a close space, even though the filtration is good, that you want to go that extra step.”

Currently, the CDC has federally mandated mask-wearing on airplanes and in airports; a policy which has been extended into March. If Fauci has his way, passengers will be forced to order pretzels and sprites to sip and snack on the entire flight in order to enjoy some reprieve from mask-wearing.

During Wednesday’s Senate commerce committee hearing, Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly testified that “the case is very strong that masks don’t add much, if anything, in the air cabin environment.”

“It is very safe and high-quality compared to any other indoor setting” he added. American Airlines CEO Doug Parker chimed in, “I concur. An aircraft is the safest place you can be. It’s true all of our aircraft – they all have the same HEPA filters and airflow.”

Even Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ed Markey said he was “Shocked” at the CEO’s suggestions that masks are no longer needed on airplanes.

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Biden Says He Doesn’t Think COVID Is ‘Here To Stay’

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On Friday, President Biden said he doesn’t think that COVID-19 is here to stay, but added that he does think the virus will remain around the world.

“No, I don’t think COVID is here to stay, but having COVID in the environment here and in the world is probably here to stay,” Biden told reporters at the White House.
“COVID as we’re dealing with it now is not here to stay, the normal doesn’t have to be. We have so many more tools we developed and we continue to develop that can contain COVID and other strains of COVID,” he added.

Biden’s comments come shortly after six of his former health advisers, who helped him with the COVID-19 pandemic during his presidential transition, published three opinion articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association urging Biden to change his strategy in responding to COVID-19 to one accepting that the virus was here to stay and learning how to live with it.

“They say the first thing the administration needs to do is take a broader vision, by recognizing that Covid-19 is here to stay. In one article, Dr. Emanuel and two co-authors — Michael T. Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease expert at New York University — pointedly note that in July, Mr. Biden proclaimed that ‘we’ve gained the upper hand against this virus,’ which in retrospect was clearly not the case,” The New York Times reported.

Biden’s comments suggest he has not yet listened to the advice of these experts, even as the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened to reaching over 1 million new daily cases.

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Former COVID Advisory Board tells Biden corona now ‘one of several circulating respiratory virus’ like flu

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Doctors who once advised President Biden on how to handle the coronavirus are now telling him to change his strategy via a series of published articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The six doctors, Drs. Ezekiel Emanuel, Michael Osterholm, Celine Gounder, David Michaels, Rick Bright and Luciana Borio were members of the advisory board that worked with Biden during his transition period before taking office.

“As the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 demonstrates, COVID-19 is here to stay” and therefore Biden’s national strategy must be “updated.”

“The goal for the ‘new normal’ with COVID-19 does not include eradication or elimination, eg, the ‘zero COVID’ strategy. Neither COVID-19 vaccination nor infection appears to confer lifelong immunity,” they wrote.

“Current vaccines do not offer sterilizing immunity against SARS-CoV-2 infection. Infectious diseases cannot be eradicated when there is limited long-term immunity following infection or vaccination or nonhuman reservoirs of infection.”

The “new normal,” they explained, should be “recognizing that SARS-CoV-2 is but one of several circulating respiratory viruses that include influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and more.”

The doctors also pointed out there are many treatments with varying levels of effectiveness such as remdesevir and dexamethasone, monoclonal antibody treatment, and oral treatments like Molnupiravir and Paxlovid.

“Finally,” Fox News reports, they said it is imperative “to rebuild trust in public health institutions and a belief in collective action in service of public health.”

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