The Virtue Signaling Mask Is Really “Symbolic,” Says Fauci
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. June 3, 2020
Wearing a mask is the latest craze for American virtue signaling. People wear face masks while driving alone in their cars, in their homes, and walking down the middle of a neighborhood street alone. Is this to signal to others how politically correct they are?
In New York, an angry mob of Staten Islanders wearing masks surrounded a woman without a mask as they yelled and cursed her, calling her a “filthy pig,” until she fled from the store. Liberals have tried to shame Vice President Pence and President Trump for not wearing masks in public.
WHO officials recommend that masks should not be worn by the healthy, other than health care workers connected with infected patients. On a 60 Minutes Overtime interview, Dr. Anthony Fauci, elevated by the mainstream media to near god-like status over his views on the pandemic, concurred, “In America, people should not be walking around with a mask.” (March 8, 2020)
In April Fauci flipflopped and said the general public should wear masks to avoid a second wave of the virus in the fall.
Now Fauci has flipflopped again, saying that a second wave of the Wuhan flu with the re-opening of businesses is not inevitable but people should continue to wear masks. He says this is really symbolic for “people to see that that's the kind of thing you should be doing” even as he acknowledged that masks “aren’t 100% effective.” He said, "It's sort of respect for another person and have that other person respect you." Sorry, Dr. Fauci, wearing a mask to send a politically correct signal to others is not showing respect but cowardice.
Until recently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that only those known to be infected should wear a face covering. Now the CDC cautions anyone out in the public to wear a cloth mask, regardless of infection or not. Why?
Studies have found that cloth masks are not effective. (See here, here) According to nationally recognized board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and lecturer, Dr. Russell Blaylock, stated in a recent commentary there are no studies that show either a cloth mask or the N95 mask stops the transmission of the Wuhan flu.
In their commentary, “Masks-For-All For CoVID-19 Is Not Based On Sound Data,” two experts on respiratory protection conclude that cloth masks will be ineffective at preventing SARS-CoV-2 transmission. Surgical masks also are loose fitting masks and are not effective for respiratory protection. (See here, here) A third type of mask is the tight fitting N-95 which does not provide complete protection against small virions.
Since there is no scientific evidence that wearing a mask is effective for respiratory protection, is there a danger in wearing a face mask, especially for long periods of time? Dr. Blaylock cites numerous studies that show significant problems from wearing mask including headaches, increased airway resistance, carbon dioxide accumulation, hypoxia, and even life threatening complications. Blaylock notes that wearing masks can create a worsening of lung function for the frail elderly, those with lung diseases; lung cancer patients; and those who have had lung surgery.
There is yet another problem with wearing a mask for several hours. When people are infected with a respiratory virus, they will exhale some of the virus with each breath. Blaylock notes, “By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain.”
Even though masks are ineffective, they are viewed as the new “norm.”
Fashion designer houses are creating matching masks and clothing. Some of their designer face masks are eerily similar to the face veils worn by Muslim women.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell, known for sanitizing everything around her on long flights necessary for her work, has taken it to a whole new dimension. She dons a Hazmat suit now for her flights. She is highly influential and this over-the-top reaction to the Wuhan flu sends the message to her fans that masks and gloves will be permanent accessories in this crazy new world. One person who viewed the video of Campbell in her Hazmat suit wrote, “Naomi could’ve single handily saved the world from the Corona Virus.” Campbell spent her 50th birthday in self-quarantine and says that her life will never be the same after the pandemic.
The fact is that the Wuhan flu has a very low mortality rate. The CDC now admits the mortality rate is 0.26%. U.S. deaths are 107,000 out of a population of 330,000,000. Worldwide deaths are 383,000 out of a population of 7,800,000,000. By comparison, WHO estimates there are 290,000 - 650,000 flu-related deaths worldwide each year. The CDC estimates there were 24,000 - 62,000 flu related deaths this past season in the U.S.
Since masks are not effective in stopping the spread of the Wuhan virus, what then is their purpose? Fauci has already told us – the wearing of masks is symbolic. The COVID-19 regulations have been a test run for bureaucrats to find out just how far they can push the American people. This was critical for the left’s ideological agenda.
The public’s unquestioning acceptance of masks and social distancing signals that society has accepted a new norm and the consensus that there will be further changes – changes that we would never accept otherwise. Our future will be one of permanent bureaucratic expansion and new Wuhan virus regulations that will shred every last vestige of our liberty.
If you doubt that face masks and social distancing are psychological conditioning for social control with the government monitoring and tracking our every move, then consider the recent actions of Democrat lawmakers. They have shut down businesses, jailed and fined people,shut down our churches, and kept us imprisoned in our homes while allowing large crowds of thugs to burn down and loot our cities night after night.
This communist takeover will continue as long as Americans are willing to put up with it. Who will stand up and say, “Enough is enough”?