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posted by sysrpl on Tuesday June 30, 2020 8:34 PM

oday in my county there was a hearing open to the public about rules for mask requirements. After listening to the public comments for a while I had to just turn off the live stream. Everyone speaking against wearing masks was either being too dishonest or stupid to the point of being painful to watch.

To save you the trouble, I took notes when each person against the masks proposal spoke. For the time I listened here is a summary of what each anti mask person said in the order they spoke without any speaker being left out. There was maybe 1 pro mask speaker for every 5 anti mask speakers at the meeting during the time I listened to the public comments.
Also, about public comments on cloth masks (non N95), the purpose of these common reusable cloth masks you might wear are not to prevent you from contracting covid-19. If covid-19 is in the air they won't stop the virus from getting through.

BUT, and this is key, if people who may have covid-19 wear cloth masks, the mask will stop the larger droplets from aerosolizing as they leave their mouth and nose, greatly reducing the distance the virus travels and hence its ability to spread so easily.

In summary, cloth masks and similar facial coverings are not meant to protect you from getting the virus, they are meant to stop people who have the virus from spreading it to you.

Video: Public Comments on Masks

So in the end unfortunately my county decided to not mandate masks for certain businesses, and also to not ask businesses to post signs recommended the wearing of masks.

Summary of anti mask comments at the public hearing
  • Anti Masker 1: I worked with someone who had covid-19 and I didn't catch it, so I can attest to the fact that the risks of contracting covid are way overblown.
  • Anti Masker 2: Masks cause the crime rate to skyrocket because criminals are using them to hide their face.
  • Anti Masker 3: Masks which aren't N95 rated do not stop the spread of covid-19, and those masks are needed by our medical professionals.
  • Anti Masker 4: It's my body, my choice, and making me wear a mask is illegal.
  • Anti Masker 5: I am a person with a voice and how dare you make my voice less important than the so called professionals doctors and scientists whose advice you are taking.
  • Anti Masker 6: Masks will lower our immune system and cause us to contract covid-19 and other diseases more easily.
  • Anti Masker 7: Forced medical procedures have no place in a free society and there are many cases where masks cause people to die but the news won't report this fact.
  • Anti Masker 8: I take care of my ninety year old dad and he doesn't want to wear a mask. He is fine without a mask and still healthy so a mask isn't something he needs.
  • Anti Masker 9: I was harassed for not wearing a mask at a store by other customers and given dirty looks. I am not comfortable breathing in my own Co2.
  • Anti Masker 10: I shouldn't have to give my private and personal reasons for not wanting to wear a mask and covid-19 is just a panic no more dangerous than the flu.
  • Anti Masker 11: I would rather put my faith in god and in the immune system he gave me rather than a mask.
  • Anti Masker 12: I am for the right to choose. The death in Florida rate isn't going up and my health is my responsibility not yours.
  • Anti Masker 13: I cannot think when wearing a mask. I have been shamed publicly for not being able to think and I cannot see the warm smiles of other people when they wear masks (crying).

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