HNewsWire: Government parties within Germany are now telling the public to follow mask-wearing rules first implemented during COVID in order to slow the spread of cold and flu.
Politicians within the ruling Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) are now telling the German public to follow mask-wearing procedures first put in place during the country’s COVID lockdowns in order to fight cold and flu.
The advice stands in stark contrast to a claim made by the opposition Alternative for Germany party (AfD), which has blamed government lockdowns for causing the current spike in illness the country is reportedly now seeing.
According to a report by Die Welt, both the SPD and FDP are encouraging the general public to wear masks in public places to combat an apparent rise of respiratory disease in children.
In particular, politicians from both parties are said to be backing the wearing of masks to fight the likes of cold and flu, seemingly in the hopes of replicating the low rate of respiratory disease seen during the lockdown period.
“The almost three years of the pandemic have been accompanied by a very low infection rate for respiratory diseases,” FDP parliamentary group health spokesman Andrew Ullmann remarked. “Unfortunately, we are now in the situation where we are dealing with a high wave of infections, which is partly a consequence of the medical-immunological situation of the children.”
“We can do acutely what we practised well during the pandemic: avoid infections and interrupt chains of infection,” he continued, asking the public to “wear a mask, wash your hands, stay at home if you have an infection”.
Such a statement was echoed by the SPD parliamentary group leader, Dagmar Schmidt, who warned that families were now facing a “huge wave of colds”, and that the issue of overcrowding in children’s hospitals is now “very worrying”.
“Here, too, the basic hygiene measures protect, and everyone should now show solidarity, especially with the children,” the senior politician remarked.
While these politicians — whose parties constitute much of Germany’s ruling leftist coalition — appear to be insisting that the solution to the alleged sudden spike in respiratory illnesses is more lockdown measures, others have harshly criticised the approach.
For example, Alice Weidel, who heads up the AfD faction within the Bundestag, attacked COVID lockdown policy as contributing to both the increased rate of infection, as well as to shortage of human resources within the health system.
“Because the immune system of many children has not been sufficiently trained due to the corona contact restrictions, there are significantly more children who have to be hospitalized with serious respiratory diseases — not only the AfD parliamentary group, but also many experts warned of this at an early stage,” Weidel claimed.
“Because the traffic light introduced facility-related vaccination requirements, the already extreme staff shortage in nursing could only worsen to such an extent,” she went on to say.
However, regardless of Weidel’s position on the issue, many Germans will have little choice but to continue wearing masks, with much of the country remaining under mandatory masking rules at a time when the majority of nations across Europe have largely abandoned the practice.
HNewsWire: In a message published on the HHS website, Secretary Xavier Becerra announced the prolongation of the emergency. Other information was not provided.
He stated that "a public health emergency exists and has existed countrywide since January 27, 2020," and that it will continue to exist.
The public health emergency, declared in January 2020 and renewed every 90 days since then, has significantly altered how health services are supplied.
The proclamation authorized the emergency use of COVID-19 vaccinations, tests, and treatments. It also extended Medicaid coverage to millions of people, many of whom will lose it once the emergency is over, and it temporarily opened up telehealth access for Medicare recipients, allowing doctors to charge the same rates for those visits and encouraging health networks to adopt telehealth technology.
Some Republicans have urged the White House to lift the state of emergency declaration, while Biden and Democrats have pushed Congress to enact additional COVID-19-related budget measures.
COVID-19, on the other hand, has mostly vanished from public awareness as government-reported deaths and case counts have dropped in recent months.
Biden said in a September interview that the "pandemic is over," prompting White House aides to race to reframe what the president had said.
Unnamed government officials warned the Washington Post immediately after he made the remark that his remark would now make it more difficult to push COVID-19 immunizations and booster shots. It followed authorization by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for revised booster vaccination doses manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna.
According to White House adviser Anthony Fauci, the president's remark was "difficult" because people would perceive it as "it's entirely over and we're done for good," which is not the case... Without a doubt."
The White House has stated that it will end the public health emergency after 60 days.
In addition to restricting travel from China and other countries, former President Donald Trump proclaimed a national COVID-19 emergency in early 2020 in order to free up $50 billion in federal funds. This came weeks after the virus was reported in mainland China and the first cases were discovered in the United States.