Full Disclosure: Throughout the pandemic, I have sold disposable and reusable face masks to retailers.
If you want to wear a mask, have at it. There is a measure of protection to be gained by wearing quality masks. Medical professionals and surgeons wear face masks for good reason.
The highest preventative use of wearing a face mask is to discourage the mask wearer from touching their face with their hands. I know this, because I am in the mask business, and buy masks from domestic and overseas manufacturers who know what masks are good for.
What Dr. Fauci said in March 2020, is rational medical common sense:
While masks may block some droplets, they do not provide the level of protection people think they do. Wearing a mask may also have unintended consequences.
Dr. Fauci downplayed masks at that time because the scientific community knows full well masks are not a silver bullet. This is why WHO, Trump’s Surgeon General, and Dr. Fauci all were not gung ho on wearing masks at the beginning of the pandemic.
COVID exploded in the USA in March 2020, and since then, the nation has gone overboard on mask guidance and mandates. Getting back to red state vs. blue states. Red states tend to be more supportive of freedom and the individual making their own decisions, while blue states are more attracted to driving mandates.
Like with no Federal mandate on vaccinations, outside Federal jurisdiction, there will be no Federal mandate on wearing masks. Up to states, cities, and businesses to determine if they want to drive mandates.
I don’t care if you wear a mask, and I don’t think young children should be wearing masks. I’m mostly opposed to ridiculous, unscientific mask fearmongering that does NOT serve the public good and infringes on individual freedom.
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