As Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the total reopening of his state and lifted its face mask rule this week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom doubled down on ludicrous, and called Abbott “reckless.”
Other governors and Mayors in the U.S. also re-opened or loosened COVID-19 restrictions despite cries from public health officials not to. President Joe Biden criticized the re-openings and no-mask orders calling the governors “Neanderthals.”
I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%.
I also ended the statewide mask mandate.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 2, 2021
At a press conference Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom deflated any hope for Californians saying that even though some states have decided to relax their mask rules, Californians should double up on face masks, the LA Times reported.
Absolutely reckless. https://t.co/3O5GsbSLpM
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 2, 2021
“We will not be walking down their path. We’re mindful of your health and our future,” he said, once again ignoring actual science. Democrat governors and their dutiful public health officials are doubling down on mandatory masks wearing, despite a great deal of medical evidence showing they do not prevent wearers from catching respiratory infections.
Even as hospitalizations and deaths have dropped, Gov. Newsom had his Public Health Secretary issue a new mandate that all residents must wear face masks, at indoor functions, and outdoors in crowds. “Even when you’re at home, there are times when a higher level of protection is important,” the CDPH mask order says.
As the Globe reported this week, journalist Alex Berenson’s Unreported Truths About Covid-19 and Lockdowns: Death Counts, Lockdowns, and Masks… reported on the science of mask wearing and clinical trials, and concludes:
“The theoretical evidence that cloth and surgical masks do not protect their wearers is overwhelming. But we have even stronger evidence. It comes from real-world clinical trials of people wearing masks. Medical proof comes in many different forms. The weakest evidence comes from anecdotes based on one person’s experience. Just because I didn’t have an accident after driving drunk doesn’t mean doing so is safe. On the other hand, the gold standard of evidence comes from what scientists and physicians call randomized controlled trials.”
“Clinical trials consistently find that masks don’t protect people from respiratory viruses.”
The California Department of Public Health’s latest mask order said double masking “is an effective way to improve fit and filtration.”
“‘Double masking’ is an effective way to improve fit and filtration. A close-fitting cloth mask can be worn on top of a surgical/disposable mask to improve the seal of the mask to the face. Layering more than two masks is not recommended as this could be difficult to breathe through. Also, it is not recommended to wear two medical masks, or to wear a medical mask on top of a KN95 or an N95. Double masking may be appropriate where improved fit and filtration are especially important, and some situations where this may be considered are listed below.”
Regardless of the mask type, it is only effective if it is worn over your mouth and nose.
The CDPH “guidance” is the opposite of what practicing medical professionals and scientists recommend.
“The proof that masks do any good is far weaker than almost anyone understands,” Berenson says. “For months, public health experts have proclaimed, ‘My mask protects you, while yours protects me.’ Governments all over the world now make people wear face coverings in public.
As the Globe noted, mask wearers clearly believe wearing a mask is a symbol of social responsibility. And the fear they have of contracting or being accused of spreading coronavirus.
Berenson reported that many health experts found, “Standard cloth and surgical masks offer next to no protection against virus-sized particles or small aerosols.” This means “…the worst reason of all is that mask mandates appear to be an effort by governments to find out what restrictions on their civil liberties people will accept on the thinnest possible evidence.”
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