Just Wear the Damned Mask
Baseless conspiracy theories and general stubbornness over masks give COVID-19 sustainable momentum
Just wear the damned mask. Please, just wear it. COVID-19 has ravaged the globe with millions of infections and hundreds of thousands of deaths. Even though the medical and scientific communities have strongly urged the use of masks and face coverings when near others (along with other measures) as one of the best methods of prevention, a significant number of Americans continue to push back and offer a veritable cornucopia of excuses and conspiracy theories as to why their opposition is justified.
There is no way to precisely calculate exactly how much wearing a mask reduces one’s chances of catching or transmitting COVID-19, but scientific study after study shows that it dramatically contributes to prevention. With cases continuing to rise in this country, and around 150,000 dead here thus far with no cure or vaccine, any safe preventative measures should be taken seriously.
Unfortunately, there is a growing laundry list of excuses and conspiracy theories for the “anti-masker” crowd. Not surprisingly, none of them hold up to reason and fact, but that doesn’t stop them being peddled and keeping COVID firmly in the driver’s seat.
Mask requirements are a method the government is using to promote control over people: Is this were true, this would be the longest con in the history of cons. Masks were mandated for citizens in this country as far back as a century, during the flu pandemic of 1918. Additionally, masks for the current pandemic have been suggested, mandated and enforced around the world, including countries that have no love lost for the United States. The idea that there is a global or even national scheme to control people by the piddly act of enforcing mask wearing during a health crisis is laughable. To suggest this is believing such a scheme has been perpetuated around the globe with doctors, scientists and journalists all participating. On top of this, there have been no leaks or signs of evidence, which would be an astounding feat.
This isn’t to mention that our own president has pushed back strongly against mask mandates and suggestions until just recently. The word “sheep” has increasingly been…