Two weeks ago, Arizona, to overwhelming local criticism, removed all county level mask mandates and rolled back nearly all restrictions on businesses. Nevada and California didn’t, and yet their numbers are the exact same.
How many more times does this need to keep happening?
In response to seeing packed bars in Old Town Scottsdale, near Phoenix, the Arizona Democratic Party tagged Governor Doug Ducey, as he would obviously be responsible for the immediate surge in cases
The Mayor of Phoenix did some excellent gaslighting by saying that the “horrible surge” was “only curbed by masking”, ignoring, of course, that the surge in fall/winter was much worse even with masking. Echoing experts, she said it was “like spiking the ball on the 5-yard line”
It’s now 2 months since @CDCgov mandated masks be worn over the nose & mouth at all times on public transit...and cases are rising again
I really thought this would be the time…masks would finally end Covid due to federal leadership clearing the way for science
To be fair to @CDCgov, an incomprehensibly dumb organization, and to the masks, there are a few exceptions to the mask law that our gracious moronic overlords of pseudoscience have allowed us. Let’s examine them, shall we?
Exception 1: “While eating, drinking, or taking medication for brief periods of time”
For brief periods, ok? No enjoying your food or taking long bites, peasants. Brief eating ONLY. How brief? Don’t ask questions. Brief.
Four US states are 3+ weeks removed from lifting their statewide or county level mask mandates.
Not one has seen an increase in Covid hospitalizations since.
Given what we’ve been told by experts about the importance of masks & mandates, would you think that should be possible?
I myself am extremely confused, since I’ve heard it said by many, many experts and politicians that masks are the most important public health tool, that mask mandates are effective, that they’re a “game-changing scientific breakthrough”, that they’re like a vaccine, etc.
I’ve been told that masks are science. They’re incontrovertible science. Inarguable science. Questioning how important or effective they are is equivalent to questioning gravity. Experts have said they work. And we must always trust the experts and Believe in Science™
Eric, who is not an epidemiologist, said he didn’t want to be “that epidemiologist dude” who has to remind Ron DeSantis “that he has a civic responsibility to stop the outbreak of #B117 in his state & ints spread to rest of 🇺🇸”
It’s now officially 2 weeks since blue check media, experts & politicians absolutely lost their minds about Texas removing their mask mandate.
Unsurprisingly, cases are down -29% in the two weeks since.
They were wrong. Again. As always.
This thread is going to be obscenely long, and there’s a second one coming, but trust me, it could be so, SO much longer. The amount of devastating idiocy, deranged hyperbole, gaslighting and incompetence we’re all about to experience together is just…beyond description.
Let’s start with your favorite Governor and mine, Gavin Newsom, who went for the simple, superior: “Absolutely reckless”.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles has some of the worst numbers in the country, despite following all of Newsom’s rules.
So ignoring that the CDC’s latest “study” is a trainwreck, their assertion is that mask mandates are associated with a 0.5% increase in the rate of decrease in Covid cases
Have we checked with Redfield if that still qualifies as better protection than a vaccine?
Seriously though, masks were sold as the single most important intervention, the single most important public health tool, and the best they could do is torture the criteria to a 0.5% increase in the rate of decrease?
Really though, the @CDCgov got what they wanted, headline news in the media saying masks work and restaurants are dangerous. It’s never about accuracy or detail, just about graphics they can use to sell their failed policies
For example, in California, counties like Los Angeles had mask mandates starting in early April. But in this horrific “study” they wouldn’t start their “reference” period until the middle of June, with the statewide mandate.
It’s just flat out dishonest.
The time periods they used are just…unbelievable. For masks, they say cases and deaths slowed within 20 days, for restaurants they used 41-100 days for cases and 61-100 days for deaths. Why? Because they’re trying to sell an agenda, not tell the truth.
I want to apologize. I’ve been saying masks don’t work, but I was informed by a number of blue checks today that they work.
Got it? They just do, ok? It doesn’t matter if cases skyrocket w/mask usage. That just means they were working, but in mysterious ways.
So my apologies.
It literally does not matter what the data shows, because they work. You know it, I know it. They just work. Someone from the CDC decided they work a year ago based on nothing, and now they just work. They don’t have to prove it with data, or actually useful studies. They work.
How could they be working when all of these areas saw gigantic increases even after masks were put into place?
Doesn’t matter. Here’s a link to a compilation of useless lab studies from UCSF or Nature
When the Governor of Nevada mandated masks, he said that “infection disease scientists & experts advise that masks indisputably protect individuals against airborne transmission of respiratory diseases".
5+ months later Nevada had the highest hospitalization rate in the country
His experts also said “universal masking at 80% adoption flattens the curve significantly more than maintaining a strict lockdown”
Here’s compliance in Nevada from October-February w/the 80% target
For most of December, Nevada had the highest hospitalization rate in the country
Here we have a politician saying masks are “indisputably” proven to work. He set out a specific target of 80% compliance for it to be more effective than ANY OTHER INTERVENTION. That target was easily exceeded.
Hey guys remember when the CDC recommended masks as source control to stop Covid, they completely and utterly failed, and instead of admitting it, the CDC said they provide protection for the wearer too and then after they failed some more, said two masks are better?
Remember what a big joke that all was for society that we had to deal with a devastatingly incompetent organization whose pseudoscientific misinformation caused even more incompetent local health officials to mandate masks for kids playing football?
Masks have been one of the least successful policy decisions in the history of the United States and our most influential “experts” have refused to admit it because it gives them and politicians a way to blame the public for their own failures.
It’s important to point out, that among many other things, Fauci has repeatedly lied about his stance on masks
He claimed he said masks didn’t work on 3/8 to protect supply for healthcare workers, but also said to “skip” them weeks earlier while saying Covid risk was “minuscule”
If the risk was “minuscule”, why would he say to skip masks to protect supply for healthcare workers? They’d also not have to worry about Covid, considering the “minuscule” risk.
The real answer is that Fauci, accurately, knew that there was no evidence masks work
Once it became politically expedient to change his mind, he did, to go along with the CDC’s evidence-free recommendation. There was never going to be a supply issue of masks that healthcare workers would actually use, based on the CDC recommending cloth masks or bandanas.
Now, we know why this mass gathering wasn’t criticized by the same CBS correspondent who called Tampa celebrations a “super spreader after party”…this NYC group was, of course, wearing masks, being good followers of The Science™, and supporting an approved political ideology
But here we have a correlation between a large, masked gathering and a huge increase in Covid cases two weeks later. And no one cares.
Why hasn’t this been looked at? Why don’t have we have CDC studies on the impact of masked celebrations in early November and increased spread?
If you want to know how intellectually dishonest the mask religion is, just imagine their reaction if my graphs showed the opposite of what they do
If similar locations showed a large difference w/masks or if maskless gatherings actually mattered
They’d never stop posting them
Even when the CDC has tried to do the same thing that I do, they’ve had to cherry pick dates to fit their agenda, or specifically ignored the control counties, like in Arizona…or come up with mind boggling, misinformation level criteria like their most recent embarrassment
If masks were so effective, why doesn’t every graph I post look the opposite of the way that it does?
And most importantly, just imagine how the religion would be using them…endlessly…as proof of masks working.