For a device used to conceal one’s mouth, masks have generated a lot of chatter in the recent months of the coronavirus pandemic.

Public health experts and much of the public believe mask wearing is an effective and necessary public health policy. They are itchy and hot in an early summer heat wave, but nonetheless worth the irritation.

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edwards1

If there is misinformation, its coming from this article. Masks in a medical setting are normally worn by the caretaker of a patient who is know to have an illness that is transmitted as an airborne pathogen or by bodily fluid contact. There is absolutely no proof that wearing a make indiscriminately has any proven value as a whole on the population. The famed Dr, Fauchi and even the Surgeon General initially stated that masks were not necessary, and that could even be harmful in increasing the chance of infection for the wearer. Both have flip flopped back and forth on this issue since it began, including lock downs. The medical protocol for the use of a protective mask has not changed. The number of deaths that the author asserts that Fox News "dares" to question may be very well justified. We need to question things. This country is not suppose to be run by doctors and politicians, rather by the people. Now there's a novel idea. It has been reported that many victims of the death count actually died from another illness and yet we infected by Covid-19, thus reported as a Covid death. . China reported less deaths than the U.S.. A country 3-4 times larger. Now I know this my be a stretch, but think about that for a moment. Does that make any sense, especially from the country in originated from? Problem is we believe anything the liberal media propagandizes. Why is it that the states that did not do a shut down turned out to be fine? Is it a coincidence that the shut done states had Democratic Governors? Before this virus hit, why weren't we wearing masks in flu season? Thousands die each year from the flu. Why isn't that reported everyday? Yet like sheep, we have people wearing masks even in there cars?? Fear=Control, just like the left is perpetrating before our eyes. So I would suggest the next time you write an article, that you check the real medical and political facts and implications..

Lanivan

Thanks, Alex, for your opinion piece on The Mask....who would have ever thought such a simple device could morph into something that triggers fever pitch angst, deep-rooted fears of tyranny, latent biases, hatefulness, and misogyny, and represents the loss of basic human freedoms and rights? That codifies our most deeply-held political beliefs? Thank you for giving us a reason to take a deep breath and a sigh of relief, and stop to smell the roses....it's not so bad, after all.

Vladtheimp

So much misinformation, intentional or not, so little time.

It’s difficult to tell whose water Alexander Sinn is carrying – Whitmer, Soros, or Biden, but it does them no favors to fail to keep up with the latest news before publishing a Community Columnist opinion bereft of facts.

Dr. Faucci told us they were ineffective in March; The World Health Organization told us last week that ‘healthy people, including those who don't exhibit symptoms, should only wear masks when taking care of someone infected with the contagion’; The New England Journal of Medicine told us on May 21 that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection; It is also clear that masks serve symbolic roles. Masks are not only tools, they are also talismans that may help increase health care workers’ perceived sense of safety, well-being, and trust in their hospitals; and The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.

So, all of your rhetoric about ‘anti-maskers’ (nice touch – why not call them Chinese Virus Deniers) is not based on science, but following the dictates of the CDC, Whitmer, Soros and Biden. From a leftist point of view, it also allows ANTIFA and indigenous thugs to blend in with non-violent protesters.

Fact: Contrary to Sinn’s attempt to ridicule our President and Fox News (although he should watch it – it’s more to his liking these days), Drs. Faucci and Birx initially advised the President and us that 2,200,000 American s would die from the Chinese Virus, not 100,000, which is far closer to the annual flu deaths even as the first number is artificially inflated.

Well Alexander, opinions are like, er, mouths – everybody has one, so cover your head to your heart’s content – you might try on a Burka for full body protection, which is highly recommended by virus experts in the Middle East and would also demonstrate your solidarity with the fairer sex. . .

T-Bird

We also know around 25% of all Wuhan Virus deaths occurred in nursing homes. They would for the most part with the isolation requirements instituted at nursing homes have been totally preventable were it not for some Democrat Governors mandating that they take in positive patients. That takes our total deaths to around 75,000. As my doctor told me on my visit a couple weeks ago, that's the same as a bad flu season. With all the conflicting directives we've received from our experts as you've detailed in your comment, it is difficult for us to determine what to do to effectively protect ourselves. As usual, a fine job dispelling misinformation being spread.

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