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HHS Recommends Masks And Social Distancing To Protect People From "Long Covid"

By Gina Florio
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Here we go again. After two years of lockdowns, restrictions, and even the introduction of vaccine passports, the public health organizations are back with yet another Covid scare. The Department of Health and Human Services shares a new report and recommends that everyone mask up and social distance in order to protect people from "long Covid."

Over the last two years we've watched hundreds of thousands of small businesses be shut down, countless people lose their job because they refused to take an experimental vaccine, and many loved ones die all alone in a hospital because their family members weren't allowed to see them. After the media attempted (and failed) to ask for "pandemic amnesty," the public health organizations are back again with another attempt to put fear in people's minds about a virus that has a 99.99% survival rate.

HHS Recommends Masks and Social Distancing to Protect People from "Long Covid"

The Department of Health and Human Services, whose mission is to "enhance the health and wellbeing of all Americans," has announced its latest recommendation: mask up and social distance—again. HHS published a report from an independent research agency called Coforma, which claimed that the states that dropped mask mandates have made it extremely difficult for people to recover from long Covid.

“The lifting of mask mandates and indifferent attitude towards masking and social distancing typical in many public and private places further isolates people with long COVID,” the report says. “Many people with long COVID avoid public spaces and events due to a fear of reinfection and the potential worsening of their long COVID symptoms and health impacts. Some may experience PTSD symptoms as a result of trauma they incurred during their acute infection.”

"The symptoms of Long COVID can be mild and barely perceptible, or they can be ever-present and wholly debilitating. However, it is not simply the severity of Long COVID and the conditions associated with it that influence Long COVID’s impact on someone’s life, but a range of social determinants of health as well," the paper continues. "These determinants include one’s geographic location; financial stability; discrimination from health care providers due to race, ethnicity, age, gender, or sexual orientation; support from one’s workplace or educational setting; insurance status; and the presence or absence of a support network."

As a result, the HHS is recommending public policies that will supposedly protect people who are suffering from long Covid. They want federal agencies to "disseminate Long Covid messaging to U.S. government agency leaders and encourage them to amplify and share that Long COVID is real and is a serious public health issue." They also recommend "vaccine promotion," "mental health awareness," and "safe public space guidelines," which of course include mandating masks and social distancing.

Of course the response on Twitter has been mostly laughs from people who refuse to get duped again by the very same public health organizations that lied to us over the last two years.

There are no signs yet of the state attempting to implement such mandates again, but if they do, it's safe to say it won't go over so easily this time.