From WSJopinion: Masks have been a colossal debacle in public understanding, writes HolmanJenkins. What we really needed was intelligent advice on when and how transmission occurs.
What we really needed was intelligent advice on when and how transmission occurs.
June 22, 2021 5:56 pm ETNobody needs to be shocked that political messaging was going on during the Covid crisis, as seen in the Anthony Fauci emails from early in the pandemic recently released under the Freedom of Information Act. Politicians and officials wouldn’t be doing their jobs if they didn’t measure the
effectof their words, beyond merely their accuracy or consistency. And Dr. Fauci, director of U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for the past 36 years, has at least been more wink-wink in this regard than many officials.But the latest furor does underline one thing: what a colossal disaster for public understanding masks have been.
Until November, the official advice was the same that Dr. Fauci gave in a now infamous early email to a colleague—a store-bought mask may somewhat reduce your chance of spreading the disease if you happen to be infected. It will do little to prevent you from catching it if you’re breathing around someone who is exhaling the Covid virus. headtopics.com
Only in the fall did the U.S. government start claiming masks might protect the uninfected too. This appears to have been largely disinformation designed to get more unwitting carriers to wear masks. Even today, the CDC on its websitestressesonly one claim: “Masks are a simple barrier to help prevent your respiratory droplets from reaching others.”
We should expect government advice to be manipulative. That’s its job. We should also try to be time-consistent in our reasoning. Read more: The Wall Street Journal »
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opinion HolmanJenkins It was impossible to give public health advice from 21 Jan 2016 to 21 Jan 2021. Politics was the consideration. With an unknown the advice should be wear a mask around others ,especialy indoors. But anytime closer than 10 feet. opinion HolmanJenkins As Fauci's emails show, he's just another politician. Never worked in the private sector. Keeping your distance was way more important then the mask. But everybody was too worried about virtue signaling. If the virus was really that bad people wouldn't be attacking each other.
opinion HolmanJenkins The CDC Tells Fully Vaccinated Americans It's Okay To Ditch The Masks opinion HolmanJenkins When? When you're breathing. How? By your breathing. Masks work, the physics isn't that hard, geez. opinion HolmanJenkins Haha - yes … too bad that needed to come from the top … why do you have a picture of Fauci and not Trump or others that sent the confusing info.
opinion HolmanJenkins Ahh, that's why I cancelled my wsj susbscription opinion HolmanJenkins The Trumpet mind, obviously a sponge for intelligent debate. opinion HolmanJenkins maybe, just maybe, our last president could have actually not spread misinformation about it the entire time opinion HolmanJenkins Attacking scientists has been part of the hypocrisy and idiocy. It is a new and constantly mutated virus that even the best scientists need to learn how to deal with. It’s more complicated than cheap talks and pointing fingers.
opinion HolmanJenkins Thanks Dr Jenkins. opinion HolmanJenkins Cannot be opened
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opinion HolmanJenkins I was never confused about mask-wearing. I wore my mask when it was required. Now I'm vaccinated and don't need one. Pretty simple. opinion HolmanJenkins The biggest disaster was idiots believing in herd immunity. opinion HolmanJenkins People (👆) are conveniently forgetting that the White House in 2020 muzzled public health officials from speaking to the media.
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