On mask mandates

Published: 1/14/2022 2:32:27 PM
Modified: 1/14/2022 2:31:36 PM

John Harrington, I’ve been following your back and forth with Dr. Agardy on the use of masks during the COVID pandemic. I looked at the articles you provided in your latest letter, and I find them all supporting Dr. Agardy’s comments that they are necessary, as much as your claim that many mask types are sub-optimal.

It has never been a secret or surprise that some masks work better than others. In fact, one of the articles you quote indicates a major component of mask failure is wearing them incorrectly, ie; not over the nose.

But my overriding question is this: Are you suggesting we don’t need to wear masks? I didn’t see any comment in any of the articles you provided that says masks can or should be optional.

I’ve heard of no peer-reviewed study anywhere that suggests masks, even imperfect ones, are irrelevant or unnecessary. This is an issue of math and biology, where personal beliefs are pretty much irrelevant.

Nearly 830,000 people have died from COVID in the last 18 months that we know of, not counting the enormous secondary health toll. What flu does that?

I am as tired of wearing masks as anyone. But at what point is this going to be serious enough for you, for all of us, to do whatever possible to help get it under control?

Stephen Earp

Shelburne Falls


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