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Social Distancing Mandate Revealed as Scientifically Unfounded

On March 22, 2020, as global panic over COVID-19 escalated, the CDC rolled out what we now know was essentially placebo guidance—advising Americans to keep a six-foot distance to curb the virus’s spread. However, the scientific basis for these drastic measures has crumbled. In a telling revelation, former NIH Director Francis Collins admitted there was no scientific evidence to back the six-foot distancing rule at the time it was implemented.

This directive, more a product of panic than science, had profound and wide-ranging effects, impacting everything from local businesses to school operations. The revelation that what was paraded as an indisputable mandate was actually a fabric of lies is deeply troubling. This isn’t merely a case of poor judgment; it’s a glaring example of how scientific authority was wielded to impose arbitrary and life-altering rules. As the pandemic wore on, those who dared question the rationale behind such policies often faced severe repercussions, from censorship on social media platforms to professional ostracization. This aggressive suppression of dissent goes against the very grain of scientific inquiry and demonstrates a disturbing politicization of pandemic management.

Moreover, the controversy surrounding the origins of COVID-19 adds another layer of deceit to the narrative pushed by health authorities. Initially scoffed at as a mere conspiracy theory, the lab leak hypothesis has now cemented itself as a credible fact. It appears that time has become an ally for those who deceived the public, as a growing number seem eager to act as if the pandemic never occurred. However, we must not allow these memories to fade into oblivion.

It is crucial that we remember and demand accountability from the officials who managed the pandemic with such disregard for the truth. The damage inflicted by these unfounded mandates is incalculable—lost educational opportunities, shuttered businesses, eroded civil liberties, and deep psychological scars among those isolated from loved ones in their dying days. The American people were forced into compliance based on falsehoods paraded as scientific facts.

As we emerge from the shadow of the pandemic, the call for accountability grows louder. It’s not just an apology that Americans deserve; we need actionable consequences for those who manipulated scientific truth and toyed with lives. The quest for accountability must be relentless. We owe it to those who suffered, to those whose businesses folded, and to the children who lost irreplaceable months of education, to ensure that such a travesty of justice is never repeated. Our vigilance in protecting the integrity of our scientific institutions and our civil liberties must be fortified as we confront these harsh lessons and strive to rebuild a society deeply scarred by these missteps.

Robert B. Chernin

Robert B. Chernin

Robert is a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser, and former radio talk show host. He studied political science at McGill University in Montreal and has spent over 25 years deeply involved in civic affairs at all levels. Robert has consulted on a variety of federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition.