But DOJ appealing ruling that struck down airline mandate
As the Biden administration appeals a judge’s decision to strike down the mask mandate for federal transportation, meanwhile, the New York Times is informing its readers that masking has not stopped the spread of COVID-19.
The Times’ David Leonhardt reports the data show that in U.S. cities “where mask use has been more common, Covid has spread at a similar rate as in mask-resistant cities.”
“Mask mandates in schools also seem to have done little to reduce the spread,” he writes. “Hong Kong, despite almost universal mask-wearing, recently endured one of the world’s worst Covid outbreaks.”
Menawhile the DOJ has appealed the decision by federal Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle on April 18 to strike down the mask mandate on planes and trains. She argued that the CDC failed to justify the mandate, and she ruled that the CDC exceeded its authority when it issued the mandate in February 2021 without public comment. The DOJ contends Mizelle did not show how the CDC acted outside of its authority. The government insists its findings on masking in early 2021 provided “ample support” that the mandate was necessary.
However, there has been no presentation of data showing any increase in infections from air travel since the mandate was lifted more than one month ago, and airliners have never been shown to be a vector for the spread of COVID-19.
In a Senate hearing last fall, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and Southwest CEO Gary Kelly argued that airliners provide an indoor environment as sanitized as a hospital operating room. The planes, they pointed out, are equipped with high-grade HEPA filters and regularly exchange cabin air with fresh air from outside.
COVID-19 data collected by the New York Times shows that the mandates had no impact on case rates. The Manhattan Institute’s City Journal published a graph based on that data comparing the cases in the 11 states that never mandated masks with the 39 that did.