Things that make you go “hmmmm….”.
I have tip-toed around this issue a number of times with several previous articles. Mask wearing has become a sort of cult. A symbol of membership. And the members thereof trigger easily upon a visual sighting of a nose-and-mouth. Additionally, they steam-and-fume at States with no mask mandate.
By the way, I have zero issue with anyone who decides to wear a mask. None. In a free country, you’re free to make your own decisions such as this. However, the problem arises when those who do wear a mask actually believe that someone who is not wearing a mask is “killing grandma”. That’s just not accurate.
As I’ve said before, unless you’re properly wearing a N95 or better mask, 99% of the mask wearing that you see today doesn’t seem to help much of anything (examples below). A cloth or dust particulate mask? Really? Do you know how small the virus is?
Okay, there’s the spittle argument (some virus potentially on spittle globs caught inside the mask if you’re walking around coughing and sneezing from covid symptoms – which would be stupid anyway to walk around while sick like that). This all has it’s own arguable problems and issues.
However, I challenge you to look at the following data, if you dare…
“There is simply no way to spin these numbers, though Democrats and the media will certainly try.”
Scott Morefield is a reporter and columnist for DailyCaller, TownHall, The Federalist, National Review, and The Hill. He pointed out the following covid data (and graphs), and said:
“Well, Texas ended its statewide mandate well over two weeks ago. By now, hospitals and funeral homes should be overwhelmed, right? Nope, not even close.”
In fact, the rate of new covid cases per 100,000 is currently down 29% from the previous week according to healthdata.gov statistics.
“Georgia never had a statewide mask mandate at all. At this point, things there should be pretty close to an apocalypse that makes “The Walking Dead” (minus the zombies) look like child’s play. Or not.”
“Tennessee never had a mask mandate either. Sure, we had something of a casedemic, but things also never got close to getting out of control – and the curve has been more than flattened. How on earth did this happen without a statewide mask mandate?”
“Mississippi also lifted their mask mandate over two weeks ago, but cases continue to decline like the masks never had anything to do with it.”
“South Dakota never had a mask mandate and is widely considered the most maskless state in the union. Yet, their recent curve is remarkably flat (this is similar to surrounding Montana and North Dakota as well). It’s almost like viruses are gonna virus, regardless of what we do.”
“On the other hand, masked-up New York is leading in new cases and hasn’t really had much of a downswing. It seems like if masks were the answer, New York would be doing better, doesn’t it?”
“Same with mask-loving New Jersey. These two states (New York and NJ), by the way, also LEAD THE COUNTRY in deaths per million. People always say that without masks things would be worse, but truly, how much worse could it get than #1 and #2?”
From ‘Bonchie’ who wrote (The Latest Data Absolutely Eviscerates the Case for Mandatory Masking) over on RedState.com,
In social media terms, that thread is just an absolute beatdown of Biden’s position that mandating masks is necessary. As we’ve seen time and time again, masks don’t do anything, at least not in real-world applications outside of a highly controlled medical environment. Right now, the largest spikes in the country (and really, the only spikes) are happening in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and other Northeastern states. All of those places not only have mask mandates, but they have semi-lockdowns with strict mitigation measures.
If masks and their mandates did absolutely anything, you’d be seeing spikes in Southern states that have booted them as a requirement. Instead, you are seeing them precisely where mask-wearing is at the highest frequency. People can argue all day about why that is, but what can’t be denied is that Biden’s call to reinstate mandates is a partisan ploy to deflect attention from where the real hotspots are.
There is simply no way to spin these numbers, though Democrats and the media will certainly try. Their golden calf is actually spray-painted iron. States that have booted mandates and re-opened continue to do better, now and over the course of the pandemic, than many blue states with far tougher mitigation measures. You can’t hide from the data. It exists, and it blows up the political narratives of Joe Biden and his allies.