Unfortunately, the people who need to see this probably won't, but since masks are somehow in question again let me be clear. There is no underlying conspiracy among the medical community to undermine a political party. We rely on masks every day to keep doing our jobs....
And it is our duty to give the best advice possible, advice we ourselves would follow and instruct our families to follow. This is what is happening when you now see the physicians at the CDC, NIH, HHS, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Duke, Mayo Clinic, Baylor, Harvard, Cleveland Clinic...
And every major medical society or academic institution when they recommend masking in public. Even if you have lost trust in gov agencies, turn to the Universities you would go to if you had a refractory cancer, neurologic disease, autoimmune disease etc. Their opinions are
Just as powerful now as in any other circumstance. Please see the links below for more information from these universities.
Coronavirus Face Masks: Types & When to Use | Johns Hopkins Medicine
5 Myths About Coronavirus and Face Masks, Debunked – Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic
Face Masks Reduce Risk of COVID-19 Infection, and Should Be Used With Other Interventions – Consult QD

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I can't believe we may have a vaccine released before phase 3 testing in the US. I really can't believe it. Regardless of all the crazy things that have happened, mass vaccine distribution BEFORE PHASE 3 TESTING, is insane to me. We have had one of the most stringent
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