The ‘masks forever’ crowd is real. Here’s what they want

By Kaylee Greenlee

Public health officials have supported mask wearing well beyond mass vaccination, and some advocated integrating them into post-COVID-19 life.

Most states implemented mandatory COVID-19 guidelines like restrictions on business capacities, social distancing guidelines and mask requirements.

“I think we do need a new culture of masks, at least any time not feeling well, and I think masks are in and handshakes out for the indefinite future,” former CDC official Dr. Tom Frieden said, CNBC reported.

Though it’s unclear when COVID-19 restrictions on normal gatherings and businesses will be lifted, Americans might need masks until 2022, American physician and immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci said on CNN in February. Fauci said American’s should expect to wear masks until “there is virtually no threat” of contracting the virus.

Sen. Rand Paul criticized recommendations from health officials, Fox News reported.

“You want to get rid of vaccine hesitancy? Tell them you can quit wearing your mask after they get the vaccine,” Paul said. “You want people to get the vaccine? Give them a reward instead of telling them that the nanny state’s going to be there for three more years and you got to wear a mask forever. People don’t want to hear it. There’s no science behind it.”

It’s unlikely Americans will wear face masks after the COVID-19 pandemic, though they may be beneficial in crowded situations or during hospital visits, Time reported.

Most cities and states implemented mask mandates after scientists favored their use, though they are not 100% effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19, Time reported. Masks effectively contained respiratory droplets helping slow the spread of the virus and other diseases.

Oregon State Occupational Safety and Health Department Administrator Michael Wood proposed indefinite social distancing and mask requirements until they’re “no longer necessary to address the effects of the pandemic in the workplace,” for the state, the AP reported last week. Virginia first implemented permanent COVID-19 guidelines for workplaces in January.

Around 64,000 residents signed a petition in opposition of the proposed extension of the mandates. The petition pointed to states with less restrictive measures like Florida who reported similar infection rates as states where lockdowns and mask mandates are strictly enforced.

“These rules would continue to impose intrusive, burdensome and unnecessary reach of government into Oregon businesses, their employees, customer and client privacy, and customer freedoms to conduct commerce without government interference,” the petition, started by Jack Dresser, said.

Several people who commented on the petition said they signed because of government overreach and expressed a desire to return to a sense of normalcy.

“This has gone on long enough,” Jodi Winters commented Sunday. “The state government is now trying to take more and more liberties and we should be returning to normal.”

Mask mandates were lifted in Alabama, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota and Texas, according to the AP. Restrictions on business operations in Texas and Mississippi were lifted in March, ABC News reported.

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6 thoughts on “The ‘masks forever’ crowd is real. Here’s what they want

  1. The masks are the only visible sign of a threat. Even my 98 year old mother living in a senior home knows no one who has died with COVID, although she knows 5 who simply died. Most people have only heard about deaths. If we removed the masks, life would immediately return to normal because hardly anyone is dying. The mask produces fear, the mask produces distrust, the mask creates petty tyrants of our neighbors, the mask is the disease. We must stand up to our neighbors firmly with “mind your own business,” or they will never relinquish the privilege of giving us orders. Push back firmly but without emotion.

  2. To hell with all this, I say. And I no longer believe “our” idiots are just mind-numbing idiots.
    Certainly they no nothing re science, but I think many of them have an actual evil & totalitarian intent.

    • Of course this is intentional. And the masks are their chief weapon. Remove masks and the fear dissolves. When the fear dissolves, so does their power. Without seeing masks everywhere, we would not perceive a pandemic, just ordinary death due to illness and old age. Life would be normal at least until the left launches their next fear narrative.

  3. Here’s the latest real science on the social distancing nonsense:

    And if Fox news isn’t your preference:

    And if Townhall isn’t your preference:

    King Philip and Mark Levine take note, there’s a lot of real science out there about the nonsense wearing of masks as well.

  4. As I’ve argued all along, medical mandates are the road to hell paved with good intentions, and mask mandates are no exception.

    My great concern in all this is that Covid-19 medical mandates could be a springboard for future “stay safe” mandates. It’s very clear in WEF founder Klaus Schwab’s book, “Covid 19: The Great Reset,” that Covid-19 mandates are being used as a catalyst for a wide-ranging reshuffling of our social systems and economies in order to usher in what can only rightly be called a “new world order,” because this is exactly what it is.

    Once the people, formerly free and independent, get used to government “stay safe” mandates, it’s a short step to compel them to follow mandates for another great emergency, which is to save the planet.

    Schwab and company talk about individual creativity in the new normal, and mental health, and ways of coping, and culture and technology, etc., but they give precious little time to what it means to be free and to have individual self-determination (which in their collectivist vision is selfish: “we’re all in this together”) except to say that of course we’ll have to make sure that surveillance, etc., aren’t misused as they’re employed to ensure that the engines of the new world run smoothly.

    I missed something because I don’t remember voting for this. Yet this is exactly what they have in mind for us, and every time Biden and Kerry and Fauci and Xi Jinping open their mouths about the dangers of CO2 warming– a theory with sound and fury, but signifying nothing we need to reset anything over– they’re giving fuel to Schwab’s fantastic and soul-destroying vision.

    Stay safe re-set: stay free. It’s up to we, the people.

    • I wonder if Biden, Kerry, Fauci, Xi Jinping, Greta Thunberg, and all the rest of the climate change alarmists realize that every time they open their mouths, CO2 comes out.

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