Miami Dolphins long snapper Blake Ferguson attacked President Joe Biden on social media regarding the issue of masks on airplanes.
Yo @JoeBiden why are we still wearing masks on airplanes? I just sat at the airport bar for lunch next to a person maskless. Virus must know the difference yeah?
— Blake Ferguson (@blakeferguson44) April 14, 2022
The policy has been in place since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in March 2020. Shortly after Biden was inaugurated, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a requirement that anyone traveling on any airplanes or public transportation must wear a mask.
COVID-19 cases and deaths have declined sharply in recent months compared to both 2020 and 2021. However, new variants have caused delays in the CDC’s lifting of the travel mask mandate.
That mandate was first scheduled to be lifted on March 18, then extended one month to next Monday, April 18. That changed this week when an increase in COVID-19 cases caused the mandate to stay in place until May 3.
Ferguson has played for the Dolphins the past two seasons after being drafted in the sixth round in 2020 out of Lousiana State University. While his position has a specific role, he did manage to recover one fumble last season.
During Ferguson’s time in the NFL, the league has been forced to deal with the unprecedented situation created by the highly contagious virus. That led many games in 2020 to be played in front of either no fans or with minimal people in attendance.
Those games were played before the widespread efforts to immunize people with the COVID-19 vaccine. Still, even some games last year were affected by the continuing problem.
While Biden is in charge of running the federal government, he’s simply following the directive issued by the CDC. That means that Ferguson’s ire might be better directed toward the CDC.