NBC: Academics Say Permanent Mask Mandates Good for Mental and Physical Health

Jason Cohen | November 29, 2022
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Three academics from the Brown University School of Public Health wrote a piece for NBC arguing for more mask mandates to benefit the public's physical and mental health. 

These academics were Abdullah Shihipar, research associate at the People, Place and Health Collective, William Goedel, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health and Abigail Cartus, postdoctoral research associate in epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health.

They claimed we are in the middle of a “tripledemic” of flu, Covid, and Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV.) 

The authors recommended we take similar measures to the ones we took in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to mitigate this season of respiratory viruses, “starting with the most basic and flexible level of protection: masking. When and where respiratory viruses are surging, mask mandates should be reinstated.”

No thanks. Here is how they argued for it: “Masks work and, critically, they don’t need to work perfectly to have a positive impact,” they wrote. “A recent study found that Boston school districts that had lifted mandates averaged 45 more Covid cases per 1,000 students and staff than those with mandates.” 

Underwhelming.

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To bolster the argument, they added that evidence suggests masks are effective against the flu, as well, and that is why there were such low rates of flu during the pandemic. 

That is great, but it is not worth it to most people. The typical person would prefer contracting the flu over wearing a mask for months or years.

RSV is another respiratory virus. The authors recommended masking for this as well.

They also claimed, “Mask mandates not only stem the spread of diseases but also have helpful psychological benefits.”

Huh?  

Their point was that mandates “remove the onus on individuals to figure out ‘what is safe.’” 

Ah, understood. It is psychologically beneficial for the public to avoid thinking for themselves. Just wear the obedience diaper, do not question it. 

As if that was not enough reason for mandatory masking, they added, “A mandate preempts the awkwardness of having to ask people to mask or of having to disclose a high-risk condition.” 

How about the awkwardness of not being able to understand people because they are wearing a muzzle? How about the awkwardness of not being able to smile at one another? How about the awkwardness of not being able to breathe normally? 

They argued for permanent masking even after this “tripledemic” ends. 

They stated, “We should always encourage mask-wearing during fall and winter seasons (as these respiratory viruses tend to transmit more efficiently in colder weather due to changes in humidity and how much time people spend indoors) and in busy places like mass transit and grocery stores.”

Finally, they acknowledged, “We are all tired — of the pandemic and its attendant disruptions to our lives, of taking mitigation measures.”

But with that said, they still argued for doing this permanently. “The pandemic has taught us that levels of community transmission of respiratory diseases can increase quickly and unpredictably. Luckily, it has also taught us how to take action to decrease their dangers.”

Life is not all about decreasing danger and obeying authorities. Hopefully, the American public has learned that from the past years and will never let this happen again like these academics desire. 

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