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Diane Miessler: What is a “huge impact?”


I was amused (and dismayed) to see yet another anti-mask quote in Friday’s paper, calling the new fines a “draconian” decision that has a “huge impact.” An ACTUAL huge impact would be having a loved one die of COVID-19 or having to live with the long-term sequelae of the disease, which we’re still learning about. This is happening. Ill effects from mask-wearing are not.

Public opinion overwhelmingly supports mask-wearing, as does science. Despite noisy mask opponents, 74% of Americans in an October National Geographic poll say they “always” wear a face mask when they leave home. And the science is abundant and clear. Singapore, where “draconian” mask measures have been in place since the appearance of COVID-19, had only 29 deaths at last count. Mongolia, where masks are required in public spaces, has had zero deaths out of a population of over 3 million. In 15 states and the District of Columbia, the growth of COVID-19 slowed after mask mandates were put in place. There’s also evidence that masks reduce the viral dose transmitted, leading to milder disease.

Impact is in the eye of the beholder. Let’s see: inconvenience or death? THAT’s a tough one.

Diane Miessler

Nevada City

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