Defense of the use of masks | Letters to the Editor

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when we first practice cheating.” A letter to the editor states that Dr Scott Atlas says masks are not preventative.

Dr Ashish Jha, Dean of Brown University School of Public Health, said of Atlas: “He is an MRI specialist (radiologist)… he has no expertise in this area.”

As President Donald Trump’s appointed “adviser”, he was quite prepared to endorse Trump’s utter indifference.

Promoting the idea that the incidence of the virus was higher in states with the tightest lockdown belies the real truth. A study from Johns Hopkins University found that states with Republican governors experienced a much higher number of COVID-19 cases and deaths during the pandemic. The study indicates that less stringent CDC disciplines contributed to the imbalance.

The virus has now killed more than 265,000 Americans. Dr Anthony Fauci said he believed masks weren’t that important on March 8, 2020, based on data available at the time. On March 11, Trump said, “Our team is doing a great job with the coronavirus.” On March 16, Trump said, “I would rate (our response) a 10. I think we did a great job.” On March 29, 2020, Trump said, “My administration has done a job of really working within government and with the private sector, and it has been amazing. It’s a beautiful thing to watch … “

On April 3, 2020, after reviewing all available data, the CDC began suggesting the wearing of masks and has continually emphasized the importance of wearing masks to prevent the spread of the virus.

Raymond Arsenault

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