Epidemiologist seems counterproductive
January 13, 2022
To The Eagle:
The latest entree in The Eagle's "dueling headlines" opines that some opinions shouldn't be repeated. The letter then goes on to attack several observations about the ineffectiveness of, and hazards caused by, masks. These observations may have started out as opinions, but for most of the past year they have qualified as cold, hard fact, with readily observable evidence to be found in the wreckage of much of our school system: collapsing athletes, teen suicides, adolescent mental health issues. All this in turn is based upon simple "scientific" fact that we have known from the beginning. Measured in microns, the largest covid virus is two thirds the size of the smallest aperture in masks available to the public, and the virus tends to travel as an aerosol rather than riding on moisture droplets.
So, information like this does need to be repeated, loudly and often, if for no other reason than to counter the ceaseless drumbeat of apocalyptic misinformation coming from the mainstream media and most of our "official" sources. For an entertaining education on the subject we recommend the book In Trump Time: My Journal of America's Plague Year, by Trump economic advisor Peter Navarro. One of the (dark) stars of the book is Dr. Fauci, who has been on all sides of the mask issue. Between disinformation and his role in the development of the virus, you will wonder why the man is not occupying a prison cell.
As a matter of informed personal choice, masks can be relatively harmless, but the mandates for both masks and vaccines have done an incredible amount of damage. Our own (normally outstanding) ambulance response time is way down because of mandatory "firings" of volunteer first responders. Our local HHS has done a good job of buffering the conflicting info raining down from state and national levels, and did a good (non-threatening) job of getting our vaccines distributed, but their current push to acquire their own epidemiologist seems counterproductive -- a bridge too far.