Democrats, to this day, argue that wearing face masks is a “patriotic duty” and an easy way for Americans to “save lives” in the face of the pandemic. But one particular city health official inadvertently bolstered the theory that forcing people to wear COVID-19 muzzles feels like it’s more about control than it is saving lives, especially given all of the past flip-flopping by “experts” on mask effectiveness.
According to Breitbart, Los Angeles County generated headlines this week for reinstituting a face mask mandate for both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents. Los Angeles County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis admitted during a local media interview that it’s “much easier” to require everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to be forced to wear a mask.
“A normal practice again”
As variants of the COVID-19 virus have contributed to a new spike in case counts and hospitalizations in certain parts of the country, Los Angeles became the first major city to bring back the mask mandates after having only gone a few months without them.
Dr. Davis insisted during a recent interview that wearing masks in public, once again, is the best way to keep the number of cases under control, and overall the best way to make mask-wearing normal again.
“Our hope is that, with continued vaccination of people, as well as with masking by everyone indoors, which is much easier and universal and makes this a normal practice again, that we won’t see continued increases in the cases and we’ll start to start to see lower numbers,” Davis told LA’s KNBC.
Los Angeles County’s official Twitter account released a statement in which it stated that wearing a mask protects the mask-wearing individual from getting the virus, as well as offering protection for others, though that information doesn’t seem to match up with confusing past guidance concerning whether or not mask-wearing offers protection to the mask wearer.
Wearing a mask indoors with others reduces the risk of both getting & transmitting the virus. We’re requiring masking for everyone while indoors at public settings & businesses, regardless of vaccination status so that we can stop the increased level of transmission we’re seeing. pic.twitter.com/xmr77qsmBv
— LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) July 15, 2021
What sparked the mandate?
According to Reuters, the L.A. mask mandate, which will formally go into effect over the weekend and last indefinitely, was reinstituted as COVID-19 case numbers surge.
The city has reportedly experienced at least six consecutive days of over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases per day. That, combined with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classification that L.A. has become a city of “substantial” transmission, apparently scared city health officials into taking action.
The Reuters report added that several other locations in California are experiencing spikes in COVID-19 case counts, with the main culprit being the “Delta” variant, which reportedly seems to have the worst effect on unvaccinated residents.
Other major population centers of the state, including Sacramento and Fresno Counties, announced the urging of their residents — even the vaccinated — to mask up in stores and in public, but stopped short at mandating such a requirement.
Dr. Tony Fauci has described the Delta variant as “the greatest threat in the U.S. to our attempt to eliminate Covid-19,” The New York Times noted.