The Masks That Will Not Go Away

The headline reads: Store Mask Bully Unleashes on Children, Tells Them ‘I Hope You All Die.’ Even young children are not spared during a rash of recent incidents in which pro-mask bullies have attacked strangers during their patrols of stores, parks, and other locations looking for mask violators amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Another headline: Couple Allegedly Maced by Unhinged Woman for Having Picnic While Not Wearing Masks.

Don’t be surprised if one day you
read someone is shot over masks.

The intolerance for other viewpoints and general insanity in our culture are mixing with confusing medical advice from public health officials is making violence against those who refuse to comply an increasingly commonplace occurrence. One man opened fire on a mother and son because they were not socially distancing at a Miami Beach hotel Monday, according to USA Today. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but in terms of fear, no one there was spared.

Officials in a South Florida community issued a new set of rules that residents must follow in the name of containing COVID-19, including a provision that tasks homeowners with enforcing the new rules on private property, including adhering to “facial covering requirements.”

Here’s what Dr. Fauci says: “There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask. When you’re in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better, and it might even block a droplet, but its not providing the perfect protection that people ‘think’ that it is. “And often, there are unintended consequences: People keep fiddling with the mask and they keep touching their face.”

Government officials in the Netherlands will not ask citizens to wear masks, as they say, there is no clear evidence that doing so would slow the spread of the coronavirus. Instead of mandating facial coverings, the country will seek a solution that includes more physical distancing. “Because from a medical perspective there is no proven effectiveness of masks, the Cabinet has decided that there will be no national obligation for wearing non-medical masks,” Dutch Minister for Medical Care Tamara van Ark said.

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