The former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb is pushing for the United States to ease COVID restrictions. He said the US should “lean more aggressively forward” into lifting lockdowns and restrictions.
This comes as the CDC is expected to release updated guidance on wearing masks outside. Dr. Anthony Fauci finally admitted on ABC News that it’s common sense that going without a mask outdoors exposes you to a very, very low risk of getting COVID. The bigger question was asked by Tucker Carlson tonight. Why has this common-sense move taken so long to announce? Carlson called for Americans to take off their masks and turn the tables to take their power back:
“At this point, there is no scientific justification for any mask mandate anywhere. It’s that simple. Masks are purely a sign of political obedience, like Kim Il-sung pins in Pyongyang. We wear them because we have to … It’s our job to restore the society we were born in.”
During a Squawk Box interview, Dr. Gottlieb said he believes declining cases is a trend that is “locked in at this point,” and he doesn’t see another surge in COVID.
“I think oftentimes a mistake we make is that we’re quicker to implement these precautions than we are to lift them because we’re worried that once we lift them, we won’t be able to reimplement them. I think we need to lean more aggressively forward and look at ways to try to relax some of the provisions that don’t really make as much sense anymore.”
Gottlieb believes the focus should be on relaxing outdoor mask mandates still enforced in many states:
“I think we should be thinking about lifting mask ordinances outside. I think we should be thinking about lifting limits on gatherings outside and trying to encourage people to go outside now that the weather is warming, take more activities outside in the face of declining risk overall.”
“I think we could feel more assured because they’re being driven by vaccinations and greater levels of population-wide immunity, not just from vaccination, but also from prior infection. There’s been a lot of Americans who’ve had this infection and have a level of immunity from their prior disease.”