President Pro Tem of the state Senate Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) has a different take on the latest COVID-19 trends.

Berger says in a press release that more accurate information and consistent recommendations are needed.

The Berger press release is headlined, “We Should Be Relieved, Not Panicked.”

And states, “Fewer North Carolinians died from COVID during the entire month of July than on a single given day in January.  That’s because vaccines work, and most of the people at highest risk of death got the vaccine.”

Berger states, “The CDC [US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] offers more consistent guidance on consuming raw cookie dough than on masks.  That’s a problem and here’s why: If the CDC erodes its credibility on masks, then it risks eroding its credibility on the far more important message of vaccines.”

According to the press release, 80 percent of North Carolinians over 65 and most at risk are fully vaccinated. 

The press release notes the contradictory information coming out of Washington, DC, and states, “President Joe Biden said just two months ago, “If you’ve been fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask.  Let me repeat: If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask.

“Two months later, the CDC is saying the opposite.  That erodes credibility, and risks undermining and distracting from the far more important message on vaccines.”

Berger states, “Public health ‘authorities’ are keeping us in a perpetual state of panic and constantly undermining their own advice.  Where does this end? If the goal is ‘no COVID,’ then it may never end.  Maybe that’s the point, but that’s not a tenable state of affairs.”

Berger also notes that the strategy for getting past vaccine hesitancy has now shifted to “shaming” and political attacks.

Finally he states, “Here’s what authorities should do: Encourage and promote vaccination; give people accurate and consistent information about spread, viral load, and fatalities; and understand that the likely reaction to the current fear mongering is resistance.”