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Face Masks Now! Face Masks Forever?

Last updated on August 31, 2020

Why do you have to wear a face mask?

That’s a good question. Why should you care one way or another? Well, you could get the COVID-19 virus if you don’t.  Is that true? Who knows? The “experts” tell us that we should wear them not only to protect ourselves but to protect others in case we are infected but have no symptoms.  What should you do?

We at the Matrix Gazette have collected an array of research and pertinent quoted material to help you decide…

We will consider such questions as “Should you always wear a mask, where, and for how long into the future?”

But first…

What’s to be done? How can we stop not only the virus but the damned insanity that’s taken over our land and perhaps the world? What can you do?

Let’s consider some pros and cons of wearing a mask.  Please feel free to offer your own.

On the Pro side:

  • You wear a mask for protection—yours and others.
  • You’re complying with local and state government mandates.
  • You think of masks as one thinks of seat belts (or condoms)—as a necessary item.
  • You must wear them because it protects retailers, businesses, and schools from legal liability.
  • It will keep the mask companies (mostly in China) in business.

On the Con side:

  • Most masks available to the public don’t really protect you from the microparticles that carry the virus.
  • Masks “can limit your oxygen and even redirect harmful pathogens that you may be carrying back into your airway.”
  • Masks can harbor microbes and germs that you pick up in public places, such in bathrooms.
  • You’re forced to breath in your expelled carbon dioxide.
  • If you have a breathing problem, you must hope you’re able to convince the gatekeepers at stores and businesses to let you in without a mask—not an easy task. Plus, you get angry or disgusted stares from fellow shoppers.
  • Most masks come from China, the source country of COVID-19.
  • Mask mandates enhance the power of government over your personal life.

It’s time for some questions and potential answers:

Are masks necessary?

Is There Really Strong Evidence for Wearing Masks?

  • “There is another element to the conflicting advice. Some medical experts claim that wearing a face mask is harmful to the wearer. Not only does it not protect you, they say, but it can limit your oxygen and even redirect harmful pathogens that you may be carrying back into your airway.”
  • The WHO (World Health Organization) modified its recommendations June 5, 2020, to advise the general public to wear a mask in specific situations when social distancing isn’t possible. Otherwise, “… there is no direct evidence (from studies on COVID- 19 and in healthy people in the community) on the effectiveness of universal masking of healthy people in the community to prevent infection with respiratory viruses, including COVID-19.”
  • “The face mask controversy does not just revolve around whether they are effective or ineffective in preventing infections or whether widespread use would create shortages for health care professionals. Some medical experts say the masks can cause harm to wearers.”

There is some controversy, not just America…

Europe’s Top Health Officials Say Masks Aren’t Helpful in Beating COVID-19

  • “All these countries recommending face masks haven’t made their decisions based on new studies,” said Henning Bundgaard, chief physician at Denmark’s Rigshospitale, according to Bloomberg News.
  • “Danish health officials responded by noting there is little conclusive evidence that face masks are an effective way to limit the spread of respiratory viruses.”
  • “From a medical point of view, there is no evidence of a medical effect of wearing face masks, so we decided not to impose a national obligation,” said Dutch Medical Care Minister Tamara van Ark.

How long will you be required to wear face masks?

  • “Eric Toner, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said on CNET’s Hacking the Apocalypse series that the country will likely have to wear masks for the next several years. Social distancing might play a role in our lives, too.”

How long will we have to wear face masks in public? The answer isn’t good

  • “Without a coronavirus vaccine, doctors believe that wearing a face mask in public will remain part of our everyday lives for years.”

  • “Masks — which are pesky but undeniably necessary — will have to remain part of our everyday uniform for quite some time.”
  • “A recent New York Times survey found that more than 50% of 519 epidemiologists believe that we’ll have to keep wearing masks for another year at an absolute minimum.”

What does the Democratic candidate for President think?

  • “If I’m your president, on day one we’ll have a national mask mandate,” Biden told Americans last night, calling it part of “a patriotic duty to protect one another.”
  • “Biden didn’t say what exactly his national mask mandate would entail. (Withholding federal funds from states that don’t enforce mandates seems the likely route.)”
  • “A Vote for Joe Biden Is a Vote for a National Mask Mandate, Says Biden.”

Can the Federal Government mandate masks?

  • “Now, Vice President Biden has proposed that the federal government should require people to wear masks. It is unclear if he was referring to an act of Congress, or an executive order.”
  • “The power to regulate commerce presupposes the existence of commerce. Congress cannot use its Commerce Power to force people into economic activity. A person, who chooses not to wear a mask, is beyond the scope of commerce power.”
  • “There is no tradition of such a law.”

Have We Become a Masked Empire? 

  • “Whether America has become a different country or current events have simply revealed what has always been, the bottom line is that 2020 has been one hell of a year. And not for the better.”
  • “There is no more ominous symbol of the present state of the union than that of… The Mask.”
  • “Whether severally or conjoined with all other Social Distancing impositions, the Mask flagrantly, violently, and systematically affirms just those things that ‘anti-racists’ decry: fear, distrust, alienation, and exclusion.”

Exposing the “maskerade”: The questions every American should be asking about indefinite mask mandates

  • “To suggest that individuals be forced into something so personal as covering their own faces indefinitely under the guise of protecting other people is a huge, dramatic change in the relationship between the government and the citizen.”
  • “Why did the CDC, World Health Organization, and such luminaries as Fauci and Surgeon General Jerome Adams so emphatically dismiss the effectiveness of masks, then flip 180 degrees to the point where they shame people who don’t wear them, without ever explaining what changed?”
  • “Mask-wearing in all of the major cities – from Los Angeles to Miami – has been in place and followed by pressure and community shaming for months.”

 The Historical Context

Epidemics, Then & Now: A Family Perspective

  • “Masks were nearly as controversial in 1918 as they are today.”
  • “Two lesser known pandemics took place between the 1918 influenza and the 2020 Covid-19 outbreak: the 1957 Asian flu and the 1968 Hong Kong flu. Both highly contagious and deadly.”
  • “The press simply didn’t prioritize reporting on these pandemics; it had other concerns, most notably the Cold War in 1957 and Vietnam in 1968. According to The Lancet article ‘The Art of Medicine: Revisiting the 1957 and 1968 Influenza Pandemics,’ in 1957, ‘there were few hysterical tabloid newspaper headlines and no calls for social distancing.’”

 

A final thought about masks and government mandates: From FEE, Foundation for Economic Education

“The truth is masks have become the new wedge issue, the latest phase of the culture war. Mask opponents tend to see mask wearers as ‘fraidy cats’ or virtue-signaling ‘sheeple’ who willfully ignore basic science. Mask supporters, on the other hand, often see people who refuse to wear masks as selfish Trumpkins … who willfully ignore basic science.”

Face Masks Now!

Face Masks Forever?

Time for You to Decide!

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