Two months after President Joe Biden derided Texas as “Neanderthal” for cancelling destructive and ineffective lockdowns and mask mandates, Texas reported zero new COVID-19 deaths on Sunday, according to Fox News.
Gov. Greg Abbott lifted coronavirus restrictions in March—months after common sense and data showed that lockdowns and mask mandates destroy people’s freedoms and livelihoods but do not notably affect the death or transmission rate of COVID-19.
“I think it’s a big mistake,” Biden said about Texas lifting its unconstitutional and unscientific mandates. “Look, I hope everybody’s realized by now, these masks make a difference. We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way in which we’re able to get vaccines in people’s arms.”
Abbott reported Sunday’s full coronavirus figures on Twitter.
Today Texas reported:
* 0 Covid related deaths–the only time that’s happened since data was tracked in March, 2020.
* the fewest Covid cases in over 13 months
* the lowest 7-day Covid positivity rate ever
* the lowest Covid hospitalizations in 11 months.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 17, 2021
Texas has attributed deaths to coronavirus every day for the past 14 months.
The state reported 388 new cases—meaning positive test results, not necessarily people with illnesses—and that was the lowest number in 13 months.
With a population of 27.4 million, the average Texan has a 0.00001 percentage chance of testing positive for the coronavirus and an even lower chance of developing flu-like symptoms, let alone life-threatening symptoms.
Lagging months behind Abbott’s right approach, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last Thursday that vaccinated Americans can drop their masks and forgo social separation.
Nearly half of Americans have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, but many Americans do not plan to receive the vaccine due to its trial status and health concerns.