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On February 27, 2020, CDC Director Robert Redfield was asked at a hearing Capitol Hill whether healthy people should wear a face covering. His answer? “No.”
Two days later, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams went full Trump – never go full Trump – and tweeted “STOP BUYING MASKS!”, claiming they are “NOT effective in preventing (the) general public from catching coronavirus.”
On March 8, the government’s leading expert on infectious diseases, the un-fireable Anthony Fauci said “there’s no reason to be walking around with a mask”.
Fast-forward to the more recent past. According to the New York Times, science-savvy political elites (read: elected officials in good standing with the New York Times) are donning not one but two masks. Dr. Monica Gandhi, quoted in the article, grudgingly concedes that “Americans will not need to be wearing masks forever,” seemingly more in sorrow than in anger.
Not content to frame the debate between wearing one mask or two, Canada’s Global News asks breathlessly “Double masking or 3-layer mask with filters? Experts weigh in as COVID-19 variants spread”.
The debate over the utility of wearing a mask became a debate over the advisability of wearing one mask or two; that debate has now become whether to wear two masks or a 3-layer mask with a filter.
All of these debates miss the fundamental truth, which is this: if you’re wearing fewer than four masks, you’re killing grandma. You heard me right: it’s every citizen’s duty to up his hygiene game, avoid visiting the elderly at all costs, social distance to the tune of 10-to-20 feet, and wear no fewer than four masks.
Does this mean getting the nation on war footing to mass-produce masks for every man, woman, and child in America? Yes, it does. It also means new educational subsidies to teach young children how to wear a mask – four masks – and like it. Sure, you could wait for Big Pharma to save the day, but the last I heard is that Pfizer’s second injection is being administered in patients’ third shoulder.
Finally, kudos are in order here to China: between its aggressive mask mandates and welding World Health Organization officials into their fully-stocked luxury suites, it’s good to know that at least one nation is taking this virus seriously.Published in