Here’s what I sent to Franklin Public Schools District Administrator Judy Mueller and all members of the Franklin School Board today:
Ok. Let’s get serious.
The mask madness is back. Last weekend the CDC ridiculously refreshed its recommendation for all people to mask up, regardless of vaccination status.
As a result, a la rats and the Pied Piper, places are issuing new mandates just about everywhere you turn.
“Masks by themselves do not prevent anything. The best practice is to make sure you’re washing your hands and staying physically distant from someone. Masks can certainly help. If you are asymptomatic and you might have the chance of impacting somebody else by being too close to them. Certainly they can help but this is not the only way this can spread and it’s not the only way to prevent spreading it.
“By and large there are far, far, far many things that people do that are a little bit riskier when they’re wearing masks because they forget about washing their hands or they get hot so they pull it down or pull it up, or they wear it around their ear or take it off with their hands and then lick their hand, all sorts of things that you’re not thinking about because you think the mask keeps me safe.”
Franklin’s Director of Health and Human Services Courtney Day addressing the Franklin Common Council in early July 2020
Fast forward to August 2, 2021:
‘“We know today that many of the face cloth coverings that people wear are not very effective in reducing any of the virus movement in or out.”
One of President Joe Biden’s former top advisers, Dr. Michael Osterholm, in an interview on CNN admitted that cloth and disposable masks don’t work.
A reminder: Dr. Anthony Fauci first stated that masks were ineffective. Then he flip-flopped. Goodness knows what he’ll say next. The man changes his mind about as often as I change my socks.
Study after study has doubted the effectiveness of masks. This past spring the Biden administration conceded that if you are indeed vaccinated, you don’t need to wear a mask. Up popped the Delta variant and subsequent knee-jerk reactions.
And it’s déjà vu all over again. With school around the corner some folks (not all by a longshot) are agonizing if kids should be masked in the classroom.
Podcast host Liz Wheeler committed a flagrant act of insightful journalism. Wheeler broke down the studies, some of which the almighty CDC even wrote, to debunk the efficacy of masks. After reviewing 20 studies in peer review journals, almost all of them said that masks do not work as personal protective equipment (PPE) or as a source control (wearing the mask to protect others).
It should be noted that these findings predate the COVID pandemic.
Some studies also explored the efficiency of masks used by surgeons. Even medical-grade N95 respirators were found to be questionable in preventing the spread of aerosolized particles.
In the end Wheeler’s findings suggest that the only kind of mask that would prevent the spread of infection would be those that basically suffocate the wearer. As one columnist put it, “Talk about the cure being worse than the disease.”
Backing up Wheeler is Dr. Jim Meehan, a surgeon and former medical journal editor who earlier this year wrote:
Although surgeons do wear masks to prevent their respiratory droplets from contaminating the surgical field and the exposed internal tissues of our surgical patients, that is about as far as the analogy extends. Obviously, surgeons cannot “socially distance” from their surgical patients (unless we use robotic surgical devices, in which case, I would definitely not wear a mask).
The COVID-19 pandemic is about viral transmission. Surgical and cloth masks do nothing to prevent viral transmission. We should all realize by now that face masks have never been shown to prevent or protect against viral transmission. Which is exactly why they have never been recommended for use during the seasonal flu outbreak, epidemics, or previous pandemics.
The tactics of fear and bad science should not be implemented to push a power grab.
Keep Franklin kids unmasked.