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Led by Not-That-Kind-of-Doctor Barbara Ferrer, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced Thursday that an indoor mask mandate will be reinstated – regardless of vaccination status – because of a “surge” in cases and the Delta variant in the county. The surge is so concerning that residents will be allowed to go maskless for two more days (yes, that’s sarcasm).

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— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) July 15, 2021

Yes, there’s been a spike, but even some of the city’s most liberal journalists are putting the numbers into perspective.

Hospitalizations in LA County jump 11% overnight, now up to 452, highest they’ve been since April 22. They’re up 41% in a week.(Perspective is important though. The number was 8,098 on Jan 5.)@ABC7

— Jory Rand (@ABC7Jory) July 15, 2021

How is this mandate going to have any effect at all? The vaccines are allegedly effective against all variants, and 61 percent of Los Angeles County adults are fully vaccinated in addition to the 1,235,000 people in the county who had COVID-19 and recovered.  And, we already know there are serious issues with the argument that masks prevent transmission (things like distancing are more important). Also, if the push is to get vaccinated so you can get your life back, how is reinstating a mask mandate going to help those who are hesitant? In addition, if there is scientific evidence showing that we must mask up indoors regardless of vaccination status to prevent transmission of variants, wouldn’t the CDC attempt to enact such a rule nationally, or wouldn’t the California Department of Public Health enact such a rule statewide?

We know the California DPH won’t enact such a rule statewide because of the pending recall election against Gavin Newsom. Newsom has to be completely peeved about Los Angeles County’s action, but it’s naive to think that he couldn’t stop it. Newsom’s Health and Human Services Secretary, Dr. Mark Ghaly, is married to Dr. Christina Ghaly, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.

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