Biden Admin Calls for Return of Mask Mandates to Tackle ‘Long Covid’

Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration is calling for the return of masking and social distancing to be encouraged or even mandated to tackle “long Covid.”

According to a new report from Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the controversial measures should be brought back.

The report was commissioned by HHS and produced by the research agency Coforma.

HHS is calling for a broad range of government policies to help people who continue to deal with the lingering effects of COVID-19.

Those policies include an awareness campaign, funding for long Covid support groups, financial support for students and workers, and new health benefits for Covid victims.

Reinstating a mask mandate may be the most controversial recommendation in the report.

The report argues that ending that mandate in late 2021 and 2022 is making it harder for people with long Covid.

However, it fails to address the matter that long Covid only impacts a small number of people with mild symptoms while millions would be affected by mask mandates.

“The lifting of mask mandates and indifferent attitude toward masking and social distancing typical in many public and private places further isolates people with Long COVID,” the report claims.

As a result, policymakers should “encourage or mandate policies and protocols regarding masking and social distancing in public spaces,” it said.

In September, Biden said declared that the “pandemic is over.”

Nevertheless, his administration has not let up on the need for funding and policies to keep fighting the virus.

Last week, the White House asked Congress for another $10 billion to fight Covid.

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Meanwhile, a top HHS official said assisting people with long Covid is a long-term priority for the government.

“Listening to and learning from the experiences of long COVID patients is essential to accelerating understanding and breakthroughs,” said Rachel Levine, assistant secretary for health.

Levine said the new HHS report is “evidence of our commitment to engaging communities to provide patient-led solutions.”

Outside new mask requirements, the report outlined several new ideas that have the potential to become new funding priorities for the Biden administration.

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 healthcare 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.

It insists that “diversity, equity and inclusion-related outreach funding” is needed to ensure research money helps “underresourced and underrepresented communities.”

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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