Written by Hudson Crozier
What’s happening: There are now signs that mask and testing mandates might make a comeback. COVID-19 cases are reportedly rising in the U.S., and health officials are tracking a new strain of the coronavirus called pirola. There are only a handful of reported pirola cases worldwide, so it’s unclear if this will happen on a large scale.
The possible signs: The Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs recently awarded millions of dollars to contractors for COVID-19 testing equipment and training. Alex Jones of Infowars claims that Border Patrol and the Transportation Security Administration will require employees to wear masks later this fall, citing supposed whistleblower information.
- In the private sector: A college in Georgia and the film studio Lionsgate in California implemented mask mandates this week.
Why it matters: Masks made “little to no difference” in reducing the spread of COVID, according to a scientific review from this year of dozens of studies. Plus, with the spread of natural immunity to the virus, it poses even less risk than before.