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COVID lockdowns in the United States began 17 months ago. Amid all the panic ginned up over the Delta variant, many Americans fear a second wave of lockdowns may be on the horizon. Church Militant's Kim Tisor unpacks the risk of pandemic-panic 2.0.
Joe Biden: "And we need some straight talk right now because there's a lot of fear and misinformation in the country, and we need to cut through it with facts, with science, with the truth."
The White House says it takes marching orders from science and data when it comes to COVID-19 — even if this means shutting down the country again.
Peter Doocy, Fox News reporter: "If scientists come to you at some point down the line and say, 'It is our opinion that there should be shutdowns and there should be school closures,' you would do that?"
White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre: "Well, we listen to — like I said — we listen to the CDC and the experts and their guidance."
There are whispers in D.C. about a second wave of lockdowns being "all but a done deal." But Dr. Anthony Fauci, the administration's top COVID advisor, claims this probably won't happen.
Jonathan Karl of ABC News: "Are we headed towards a period once again where we're going to see lockdowns, businesses shutting down, masks routine for everybody?"
Dr. Anthony Fauci: "John, I don't think we're going to see lockdowns."
In anonymous comments to CNN Friday, officials in the Biden administration said the media are being "hyperbolic and frankly irresponsible" in their coverage of vaccinated people catching COVID.
Around the world, people are getting fed up with seemingly endless COVID restrictions — as seen in recent protests in Greece, France, Australia and elsewhere. Many in Europe are fighting against plans for forced vaccination and vaccine passports.
Many countries have been going in and out of lockdown for the past year and a half. For example, parts of Australia are still shuttered, with police cracking down forcefully on protestors calling for freedom. Study after study has found the lockdowns created a mental heath crisis around the world, with surges in depression as well as suicide attempts.
Young person in Berlin: "No, mental health is not going good."
Another young person (speaking German): "I've become more depressed. I was in quarantine myself, and that made it even worse."
Domestic abuse also skyrocketed during lockdown.
For Catholics, every diocese in the country shut down public Mass in March last year amid panic over the China-virus. Some bishops even banned clergy from hearing confessions and doing baptisms. If a second shutdown comes to the United States, Catholics are wondering if bishops will ban the sacraments all over again.