California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that in 10 weeks or by June 15th, the state “aims to be fully reopened,” but masks will still be mandatory. What started out as two weeks to flatten the curve has turned into 14 months, or more than 420 days.
“When California fully reopens the economy, the Blueprint for a Safer Economy will end,” the governor said. “However, common-sense health measures such as masking will remain across the state. Testing or vaccination verification requirements will remain in relevant settings.”
The state of 40 million residents has already administered more than 20 million vaccine doses – that is one-half of the population.
This is the game Gov. Newsom continues to play – he announces some good news… far into the future, but moves the goalposts from his last announcement, and it always comes with caveats. Other governors have completely reopened states and made mask-wearing optional, without and additional Coronavirus spikes.
In January Gov. Newsom announced he would lift the stay-at-home order for all regions across the state, in place since November. This came with high hopes, along with a lot of skepticism. It turns out that the skeptics won this bet. But the governor also announced at the time, another new measurement, moving the goal posts once again (is this the fifth new measurement?), saying that the he would now be measuring improvements in the state’s capacity projections in another 4-weeks, on February 21st.
Tuesday, Gov. Newsom said “everyday activities will be allowed and businesses can open with common-sense risk reduction measures, including encouraging all Californians to get vaccinated and mandating masking, to prevent illness and promote health.”
“California is able to reopen fully and safely because of our commitment to the equitable distribution of vaccines.”
As for the mask mandate, more and more studies are finding that some face masks being used by members of the general public are laced with toxic chemicals. A doctor known to the Globe forwarded an article which reported, “Preliminary tests have revealed traces of a variety of compounds which are heavily restricted for both health and environmental reasons,” the Daily Mail UK reported. “This includes formaldehyde, a chemical known to cause watery eyes; a burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat; coughing; wheezing; and nausea.”
Remember the $1 billion no-bid mask deal Gov. Newsom made for 200 million surgical masks with BYD, a Chinese electric car company new to mask manufacturing?
The Daily Mail continued:
Experts are concerned that the presence of these chemicals in masks which are being worn for prolonged periods of time could cause unintended health issues.
Evidence obtained by Ecotextile News and shared with MailOnline reveals that although face masks should meet specific standards, not all do.
Masks have been mandated in much of the world as they are a highly effective way of preventing transmission of coronavirus particles.
But face coverings designed for use by the general public are not regulated and fail to meet the same standards as medical grade PPE.
Professor Michael Braungart, director at the Hamburg Environmental Institute, conducted tests on masks which had caused people to break out in rashes.
‘What we are breathing through our mouth and nose is actually hazardous waste,’ Professor Braungart said. These used masks were found to contain formaldehyde and other chemicals.
Bottom line: “leading scientists are now questioning whether the real risk of exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals from long-term mask wearing is actually higher than the risk of coming into contact with the Sars-CoV-2 virus – especially for children and young adults who are in the low-risk category when it comes to developing severe COVID-19.”
For Gov. Newsom and HHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly who insist at every press conference that they are following the science but have never provided evidence of that science, they may want to check in with Canada and Belgium. Last week Canada recalled millions of masks that had already been distributed to schools, transport workers and daycares by the government. Health Canada has warned they may be toxic to the lungs after being urged to inspect the safety of the coverings, DailyMail reported. Health chiefs in Belgium are concerned that 15 million fabric masks given to pharmacists may be toxic and cause pneumonia, according to the Belgian Institute for Public Health.