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Biden’s HHS Seeks to ‘Encourage or Mandate’ Masking to Stop ‘Long Covid’

Biden’s HHS Seeks to ‘Encourage or Mandate’ Masking to Stop ‘Long Covid’

In addition to masking, report designated Big Pharma and Diversity-Equity-and Inclusion programs as funding priorities.

Now that the November General Election is in the rear-view mirror, Biden’s Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a report stating that masks and social distancing should be mandated or encouraged in public to protect people from possible “long covid.”

The report by the independent research agency Coforma, published Monday, was based in part on interviews with more than 60 people — including patients dealing with lingering COVID-19 symptoms, as well as their caregivers and health care providers.

The recommendations included establishing public policies that purportedly protect “everyone from long COVID” – including the reinstatement of a mask mandate.

According to the document, jurisdictions dropping mask mandates some two years into the pandemic has made life difficult for those struggling with 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.”

In addition to the new masking requirements, the report outlined several new ideas that could become new funding priorities for the Biden administration. Those priorities include directing monies toward Big Pharma and Diversity-Equity-and Inclusion programs.

It calls for expanded mental and behavioral health care for people with long COVID, their caregivers and support groups. It pushes for revised federal and state policies to make sure companies and schools provide needed support for those with long COVID, including guidelines on how to accommodate them.

It also calls for “vaccine promotion as a preventative measure for Long COVID.”

Job-searching and retraining programs are suggested, along with financial assistance to college students such as boarding subsidies, “loan forgiveness for graduates” and expanding the Work Opportunity Tax Credit to encourage companies to hire people with long COVID.

Benefits for health care workers that should be considered include expanded disability leave and Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, the report said.

The report also calls for an effort to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to get them to commit funding for long COVID advocacy groups, and says “diversity, equity and inclusion-related outreach funding” is needed to ensure research money helps “underresourced and underrepresented communities.”

Social media responses have been robust…in opposition to this foolishness. Some of the less profane are:

Perhaps, with Elon Musk as CEO of Twitter, experts who challenge the reality of “long covid” may actually be able to participate in this debate. For example, Dr. Jeremy Devine, a resident psychiatrist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, reviewed the dubious origins of “long covid.”

A central feature underlying many psychosomatic-symptom disorders is a fixed belief that one is ill and unlikely to recover. By drawing attention to and legitimizing the ever-present threat of long Covid, medical authorities will lead a large group of impressionable patients to believe that their Covid-19 symptoms have not resolved and that they are helpless victims of an unrelenting sickness.

In the past century, the media has played a critical role in perpetuating psychogenic illnesses—chronic brucellosis in the 1940s, chronic Epstein Barr virus in the 1980s, and today (although scientifically debunked) chronic Lyme disease. It is therefore alarming to witness the recent proliferation of uncritical and sensational media stories about long Covid.

The NIH’s decision is a victory for pseudoscience and will do more to harm than help patients.

One can only hope the mask mandates and the funding go no farther than this inane report.


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LukeHandCool | November 23, 2022 at 2:05 pm

Assistant Health Secretary “Rachel” Levine should not be wearing a mask.

S/he should be wearing a burqa. Win/win for everybody.

NotCoach | November 23, 2022 at 2:08 pm

Never take advice from a dude in a dress.

2smartforlibs | November 23, 2022 at 2:09 pm

If there was any proof these submission badges did anything let’s see it. There in fact are over 700 studies saying they are useless.

Oh FFS, why are they putting a person who is clearly delusional on TV to give us health advice?

Make your own bed before you try to change the world, weirdo.

Antisci[ience] and DIE. How very politically congruent.

Perhaps we should ditch the masks and, based on an article that I recently read, people with long Covid should try Ivermectin.

bobinreverse | November 23, 2022 at 2:35 pm

Rachel is ultimate JAP. Would convert myself if there was any chance to take her home to meet mom.

rhhardin | November 23, 2022 at 2:41 pm

It looks like male pattern baldness.

JackinSilverSpring | November 23, 2022 at 2:59 pm

This misbegotten confused being is about as useful as masks in stopping the WuFlu, which is not at all.

If disingenuous morons could elect a king…er…a queen…wait, is that politically correct?

As a Pennsylvanian I can’t wait to loose this trannie

guyjones | November 23, 2022 at 4:08 pm

The vile Dumb-o-crats’ obnoxiously totalitarian machinations defy logic and reason. If face masks are as effective as asserted with regard to stopping transmission of the Wuhan virus, then, those people who want to wear masks should do so and they have nothing to fear from the maskless.

Mask mandates are a tacit admission of the utter ineffectiveness of masks in stopping Wuhan virus transmission.

    henrybowman in reply to guyjones. | November 24, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    “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… 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.”

    Like you tyrants gave a shit about any of this “psychological harm” when it was all the rest of us you were forcing to huddle in place like Stalag prisoners after curfew. Now you can stuff it, and tamp it in with a mask behind it.

CommoChief | November 23, 2022 at 4:16 pm

Is this new insanity already covered by the previous request for a Covid amnesty? /s

How about no? How about you wear your ineffective mask if you want and keep your pie hole shut? In fact how about you Covid Cultists be happy that the normals are choosing tolerance for your self identification via your mask?

It could be a whole lot worse for them and if the Branch Covidians and Karens start up again it very well may be. These totalitarians have little understanding how much anger and resentment exists towards you from normals.

No offense but many States have anti Klan laws that preclude wear of masks. When normals begin enforcing those laws, and it may come to that, I don’t want to hear any crying or complaining.

The Gentle Grizzly | November 23, 2022 at 4:51 pm


SeymourButz | November 23, 2022 at 4:57 pm

Long covid isn’t real.

I don’t take direction from the mentally I’ll. Tell “Cousin It” to pound sand.

Hey “Rachel”: Screw you, Dude

Now understand, this is not medical advice, but rather so the feelings of long covid patients won’t be hurt

    henrybowman in reply to puhiawa. | November 24, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Yeah. This “do it to protect other people” except later we discover it had zero effect on anyone including yourself… it’s worn so thin it wore through a long time ago.

CoolCzech | November 23, 2022 at 6:47 pm

This guy should probably wear a mask over his face permanently, for the sake of everyone else. Otherwise, do count me out.

This guy dragged Pennsylvania though lockdowns and stupid Covid regulations from the very beginning.
Being a circus act gets you big points in the Leftism Religion

If i saw THAT coming towards me, with its balls stuffed inside of it, I’d wear a NASA space suit….

Who can take advice from a crazy drag queen? How can a crazy drag queen get confirmed by the “greatest deliberative body”? Wonder why the rest of the world won’t respect us?

When this first started, I looked up EVERY study ever done on the cloth masks they started recommending everyone wear. Most of them compared N90 and/or N95 masks to cloth masks. Some also included a third group of subjects who wore no masks at all.

The “90” and “95” numbers are the tested % effectiveness of those masks in preventing particles of 50 microns diameter from passing through. Cloth masks have no # because they were proved incapable of preventing transmission of biohazardous particles. At best, only 3% effective.

Corona Viruses, however, are not 50 microns in diameter – they are MUCH smaller. Orders of magnitude. Covid-19 is 0.125 microns. Per CDC, it can survive and be transmissible, airborne, on its own. The water vapor particles that can also carry it range from 5-15 microns. So, if a cloth mask can only stop 3% of 50 microns, how effective do you think it is vs the virus itself? Or, even, the virus carried by water vapor?

Finally – the control group – no masks at all. In each study that had such a group, it was demonstrated that people wearing cloth masks became infected with a variety of diseases carried by bacteria and spores at a far higher rate than the group that wore no masks at all. Turns out, the cloth masks, combined with your warm, moist breath, creates an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and spores. Which you then inhale all day long.

So, all of the “trust the science” “experts” that demanded we all wear masks were themselves giving anti-science advice. Just incredibly harmful advice from which millions of people suffered.

Fauci himself, in the interview he did on 60 minutes in the spring of 2020, discussed yet another sound reason NOT to advise masking: not only do they offer no protection, but they give people a false sense of security. You think you’re safe, so you go out more and socialize more and social distance less, but the mask offers no protection at all so you become infected, and then transmit the disease to others.

Fauci went from noting the above facts to advising we all mask based on NOTHING. No study has ever been produced demonstrating the masks are anything other than worse than useless.

Mt. Fuji | November 24, 2022 at 8:16 am

Masks are still under the EUA thus cannot be mandated.
Piss off you cross-dressing mentally ill freak.

E Howard Hunt | November 24, 2022 at 9:07 am

Rachel should really ditch those eyeglasses for some ivory frames. They would coordinate better with her pearls and complement her natural coloring to best effect.

stevewhitemd | November 24, 2022 at 9:32 am

Leslie: you should go to the Coforma webpage:

They are not an ‘independent research agency’, they are another one of the progressive companies that ‘partner’ with various groups and companies to do market research of various types. Read between the lines and one will see that they work with all kinds of groups, from progressive to Bolshevik. They’re about as independent as Act Blue.

The MSM will hide the agendas and origins of such companies, but that doesn’t mean that we should ignore who they really are.

Steven Brizel | November 24, 2022 at 9:34 am

This is taxpayer subsidized junk science on a grand scale

Steven Brizel | November 24, 2022 at 9:36 am

Levine needs a haircut and a change of attire

Definition of transgender = FAKE

    Paula in reply to ParkRidgeIL. | November 24, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    Fake: Having a false or misleading appearance.

    Synonyms: democrat, deceitful, detestable. Example: a fake watch imported from China, a fake woman with male pattern baldness. Pronunciation: Ray-chell Luv-eye-un.

It’s not for faint at heart, but certainly needs to be seen as something is dropping healthy people dead

Steven Brizel | November 25, 2022 at 10:00 am

Can you imagine what would happen if someone in Congress or elsehere addressed Levine as “Mr. Levine” ?

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