The Neanderthals in Texas, as President Biden referred to people lifting COVID-19 restrictions, appear to be doing just fine. But don’t tell the CDC, which wants restrictions for, well, ever, apparently.
Texas Governor Abbott’s decision to remove all state-level restrictions starting March 10 caused a stir among politicians and public health experts, though numerous other states had been operating without restrictions for months.
Rep. Joaquin Castro warned in a statement:
“Governor Abbott’s failure to listen to science and medical advice will cost Texans their lives. The easiest thing everyone can do to slow the spread of COVID is to wear a mask and keep a social distance.”
“Coronavirus cases have dropped to a record low in Texas roughly three weeks after the state lifted its mask mandate and reopened businesses.”
The news magazine was referencing new data touted by Abbott showing that the Lone Star state saw its 7-day COVID positivity rate, the percent of tests coming in positive, hit a new low—4.95 percent—while hospitalizations reached a six-month low.
“According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, at least 1,900 new virus cases were reported on Sunday, which is the lowest daily number the state has seen since early June. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the seven-day moving average number of cases in Texas dropped to the lowest level since mid-June.”
Texas’s numbers are encouraging, but they are not particularly unique.
The same day Abbott made his announcement, Mississippi declared that it too was lifting all state restrictions. Mississippi’s case pattern looks markedly similar to Texas’s.
Despite the widespread warnings that Texas and Mississippi were needlessly risking the lives of their citizens, both states saw cases and deaths decline after lifting all restrictions.
It’s almost as if citizens can make pretty good decisions when deciding their own fates.