The time has come to mandate masks


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  1. Mike Fraumeni

    And yet there is no law requiring flu vaccination and the flu does kill many people. You are able to have the flu and wander about anywhere you want legally including long term care facilities. Once a vaccine is readily available that works well, will masks still be mandated to be worn? I believe any discussion on masks should include a discussion on vaccines to put the issues into perspective.

    • Jacob

      Hi Mike,
      You’re right that the flu is dangerous. Vaccines are important. There are some that think flu vaccines should be mandatory. But that is not the current issue before us. Just because we can – and perhaps should – legislate other public health measures, the fact that we haven’t doesn’t diminish the need to find appropriate policy responses to the current pandemic.

      We should also reconsider how we approach long term care facilities and the potential exposure of residents to infectious diseases.

      I agree that the ability to vaccinate against COVID-19 will change our approach to masks. Until such a time, however, masks are our best line of defense as we open up society.

  2. rickk

    Yep, masks will fix all…
    BTW there’s this fantastic bridge in Brooklyn that I’m willing to sell to you for a great deal

    • Jacob

      Hi Ricky,
      I’m currently not shopping for bridges, but thanks for the offer.
      Masks are not going to fix everything, but like bridges, they’ll help us get to where we need to go – in this case our destination is reducing transmission.

    • Jacob

      Hi Joyce,
      While it is clear that disagree with the proposition, it’d be more interesting to hear why you disagree.

      Nobody wants to wear masks when indoors in public or when social distancing isn’t possible, but nobody wants to get COVID-19 either.

      Many opposed seatbelts when they were first required – perhaps you still find the use of a seatbelt draconian.

      Note, you can simply avoid wearing a mask by staying home.

      Best,
      Jacob

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