‘We usually recommend people who are ill wear surgical masks to prevent transmission [to others]… it may be kind of an awareness tool, but in terms of its direct benefits, there’s no data.’ Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, Professor of Medicine and Public Health at University of California, Los Angeles
California Gov. Gavin Newsom just announced his newest order mandating face masks be worn – indoors and outside. As his press release said, “Californians Must Wear Face Coverings When in Higher-Risk Situations, Especially Indoors.”
Wearing masks indoors in “any public space” will kill off the remaining gyms still in business.
Ironically, “Persons who are incarcerated in Prisons and jails,” are exempted from the order – because California is releasing more prisoners early to “stem the spread of the coronavirus” in the Golden State’s jails, California Globe reported Thursday.
Once again, while claiming that his decision is science-based, Newsom said nothing about the thousands of people who gathered closely together to riot on city streets in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento the past few weekends, leaving many to believe that this order is just another in a long line of control and lockdown measures leading up to the November 3, 2020 Election.
Newsom’s Twitter feed following his order is rich with angry Californians who see hypocrisy and control behind the order, and not science.
NEW: Californians are now REQUIRED to wear face coverings in public spaces.
Together — we can slow the spread.
Do your part. Wear a mask.
LEARN MORE: https://t.co/xtXFwVeWc2
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 18, 2020
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti didn't wear a mask when joining thousands of strangers to protest. I guess the libs think science changes depending on cause or ideology. pic.twitter.com/togl4tinvz
— Angela Toft (@AngelaToft_) June 18, 2020
Like bringing a condom to the baby shower…all virtue signaling and political now. So glad to have left CA in 07.
— Chris Nichols (@ChrisNicholsNFI) June 18, 2020
Under what authority and what’s the penalty? Will defunded PDs be enforcing?
— Ron Bassilian (R)🇺🇸 (@Ron4California) June 18, 2020
and perhaps the most poignant:
Now if we can get this message to the 151,000 homeless human beings you've abandoned on the sidewalks of California, we may be okay…pic.twitter.com/KBrwyyuPIJ
— Kevin Dalton (@NextLAMayor) June 18, 2020
“Science shows that face coverings and masks work,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “They are critical to keeping those who are around you safe, keeping businesses open and restarting our economy.”
But there is just too much evidence and actual science, saying otherwise. Public Health bureaucrats who work for Newsom and counties, agree with the mask-wearing order; many practicing physicians say only those who are sick, or have underlying health concerns, should wear masks in public. And now, reports of people with bacterial skin infections and lung infections are making the rounds, due to extended mask wearing.
Dr. Brosseau is a national expert on respiratory protection and infectious diseases and professor (retired), University of Illinois at Chicago, and Dr. Sietsema, also an expert on respiratory protection and an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, found that data is lacking to recommend broad mask use:
“We do not recommend requiring the general public who do not have symptoms of COVID-19-like illness to routinely wear cloth or surgical masks because:
- There is no scientific evidence they are effective in reducing the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission
- Their use may result in those wearing the masks to relax other distancing efforts because they have a sense of protection
- We need to preserve the supply of surgical masks for at-risk healthcare workers.
“Sweeping mask recommendations—as many have proposed—will not reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission, as evidenced by the widespread practice of wearing such masks in Hubei province, China, before and during its mass COVID-19 transmission experience earlier this year. Our review of relevant studies indicates that cloth masks will be ineffective at preventing SARS-CoV-2 transmission, whether worn as source control or as PPE.”
“I don’t think there’s any evidence that wearing a surgical mask has any benefit to protect someone in general from exposure, or from being infected,” Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, Professor of Medicine and Public Health at University of California, Los Angeles said. “We usually recommend people who are ill wear surgical masks to prevent transmission [to others]… it may be kind of an awareness tool, but in terms of its direct benefits, there’s no data,” Dr. Klausner added.
Here is Newsom’s word salad press release on mandatory mask wearing in sunny and warm California where the infection, hospitalization and mortality rate is comparatively low:
“Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered – putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease. California’s strategy to restart the economy and get people back to work will only be successful if people act safely and follow health recommendations. That means wearing a face covering, washing your hands and practicing physical distancing,” Gov. Newsom said.
“As Californians venture into our communities more, wearing face coverings is another important way we can help protect one another,” said Dr. Sonia Angell, State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health. “Combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing, wearing cloth face coverings when we are with others outside of our household will reduce the spread of COVID-19, which is still a very real threat across our state.”
Today’s guidance mandates the use of cloth face coverings by the general public statewide when outside the home, with limited exceptions.
Californians must wear face coverings when they are in the situations listed below:
- Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;
- Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank;
- Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle;
- Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:
- Interacting in-person with any member of the public;
- Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time;
- Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others;
- Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities;
- In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.
- Driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present. When no passengers are present, face coverings are strongly recommended.
- While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of six feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.
The following individuals are exempt from wearing a face covering:
- Children aged two and under;
- Persons with a medical, mental health, or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering;
- Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;
- Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
- Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;
- Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence;
- Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others;
- Persons who are incarcerated. Prisons and jails, as part of their mitigation plans, will have specific guidance on the wearing of face coverings of masks for both inmates and staff.
More information about the state’s COVID-19 guidance is on the California Department of Public Health’s Guidance web page.