Delta Air Lines rewrote the statement Tuesday, after a number of people – including public health experts – accused the carrier of spreading misinformation. The announcement now reads that the airline is “relieved” to see the mask mandate lifted as coronavirus “transitions to a more manageable respiratory virus – with better treatments, vaccines and other scientific measures to prevent serious illness.”
The airline did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post.
Since the onset of the pandemic, covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, has accounted for more than 80 million cases and more than 985,000 deaths in the United States. according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And although more than 80 percent of Americans have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and cases across the country have recently been declining, 1,400 new admissions and 375 new deaths a day are still reported, the CDC said.
Some public health experts have suggested that covid-19 is moving in the right direction.
CDC Acting Vice President Debra Houry recently told Politico that the pandemic is moving into endemic stages. But, she added, “what’s important when we talk about ‘endemic’ is that it does not mean covid is gone. It means we have learned to live with covid so that it does not disrupt our daily lives. . “
Coronavirus cases have been rising in the Northeast as highly transferable omicron subvariant BA. 2 has become dominant in the United States, causing more than 74 percent of infections.
MISINFO BY DELTA AIRLINES — This statement by @Delta to # COVID-19 is now a “common seasonal virus” is wrong. My source says Delta did not consult with its senior medical advisor until they released this misinformation. Hope Delta will correct ASAP!
– Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) April 19, 2022
On Monday, a federal judge in Florida put an end to federal mandates for transportation masks. And almost immediately, airlines, among others Alaska, American, Delta, Limit, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Spirit, Southwest and United, updated their policies to make masking optional for customers and employees, at least for domestic flights. There may be exceptions for international flights, some of the airlines said.
This is not the first time Delta Air Lines has made pandemic news. When the coronavirus delta variant rose last year, CEO Ed Bastian said said he would not use the Greek letter – delta – assigned to the variant and instead calls it everything from the scientific term (B. 1.617.2) to “the damned variant.”