The COVID Guidance Muddle: No Wonder We Stand Divided

As officials across the U.S. struggle to enforce a “new normal” of mask wearing and social distancing while convincing their citizens to accept continued partial or full lockdown restrictions, a closer look at public health authorities’ messaging over the past four months makes it clear why the nation has become so divided over the pandemic response. Adding to the muddle of late is disparate guidance regarding plane, train, bus and car travel.
For the first three months of the pandemic, public health officials reassured a nervous public that there was little chance the virus would affect…