As FoxNews reports, three Hollywood titans recently got online to cajole – and slightly shame – others into wearing medical masks when they go into the “public.”
For Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, the moment came during a publicity chat to promote his upcoming film, “Greyhound,” and, since the couple was diagnosed with COVID19 many weeks ago, the subject came up. Hanks stressed that the three keys to help improve the state of the States are to wear a mask, social distance, and wash one’s hands.
And he added:
'Those things are so simple, so easy, if anybody cannot find it in themselves to practice those three very basic things -- I just think shame on you,' said the 'Cast Away' star. 'Don’t be a p----, get on with it, do your part. It’s very basic. If you’re driving a car, you don’t go too fast, you use your turn signal and you avoid hitting pedestrians. My Lord, it’s common sense.'
So, yeah, he engaged in public shaming, with a little profanity tossed in, and he’s experienced the virus, so it’s worth listening. But is wearing a mask really “common sense?”
Jennifer Aniston seems to think so, and took to Instagram Tuesday to tell the world, noting:
I understand masks are inconvenient and uncomfortable. But don’t you feel that it’s worse that businesses are shutting down... jobs are being lost... health care workers are hitting absolute exhaustion. And so many lives have been taken by this virus because we aren’t doing enough.
Which assumes a number of things. First, it assumes that masks are so beneficial to stopping one from spreading, or contracting and re-infecting, that the benefits far outweigh the potential costs – more on that debate later.
Second, Ms. Aniston’s statement assumes that businesses are shutting down because of the virus, a crisis-level death rate caused by it, and the lack of precautions taken by people when they enter these private establishments – more on that later, as well.
Ms. Aniston expanded her post by offering:
I really do believe in the basic goodness of people so I know we can all do this BUT still, there are many people in our country refusing to take the necessary steps to flatten the curve, and keep each other safe. People seem worried about their “rights being taken away” by being asked to wear a mask. This simple and effective recommendation is being politicized at the expense of peoples’ lives. And it really shouldn’t be a debate.⠀
And, finally, she concluded:
If you care about human life, please... just #wearadamnmask and encourage those around you to do the same.
These celebs are concerned, and they want to see the U.S. population escape risk and return to a functioning economy. But the assumptions underlying their positions are not necessarily correct.
So, let’s investigate without malice, and ask, first, how deadly the Wuhan SARS Cov19 virus is…
The answer to that is: No one knows. It’s impossible to know because, as I have noted previously, and as even Dr. Deborah Birx admitted, the federal government (which has no constitutionally enumerated power to “fight” any naturally occurring threat) counts deaths of people “with” COVID19 as deaths “from” the disease. Additionally, the PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests used to claim people are “positive for COVID19” are -- as Dr. Kerry Mullis, the man who invented the test and won (with Michael Smith) the 1983 Nobel Prize for Chemistry said -- not supposed to be used diagnostically.
To repeat: According to the INVENTOR OF THE TEST, scientists are not recommended to use the PCR test to DIAGNOSE.
As Celia Farber writes for UnderCoverDC:
It (the test) finds fragments, nucleic acids. From an email from Kary Mullis, to the widow of boxer Tommy Morrison, whose career and life were destroyed by an ‘HIV test,’ (the HIV PCR tested positive; he was prevented from boxing, and, as time revealed, he did NOT have HIV) and who litigated ferociously for years, against test manufacturers, Dr. Mullis wrote, on May 7, 2013: ‘PCR detects a very small segment of the nucleic acid which is part of a virus itself. The specific fragment detected is determined by the somewhat arbitrary choice of DNA primers used which become the ends of the amplified fragment.’
There is a great deal more to the trouble of using the PCR as a sole diagnostic arbiter, information which is covered by Farber, but, suffice to say, the replicative nature of PCR itself is one of the reasons for so many false positives, and, as Reason just noted, two new studies indicate that “herd immunity” might be closer than the antibody tests show.
Then, of course, there’s the fact that the US government actually PAYS medical establishments more if they list deaths as COVID19 deaths even though such diagnoses have not been confirmed, a situation that appears to have gotten worse, as a video from Collin County, Texas reveals that the state just sent out even WIDER parameters allowing “probable” COVID19 cases to be diagnosed as COVID19.
At the Collin County Commissioners Meeting of May 18, Judge Chris Hill displayed a graphic of official documentation from the state, and noted:
If you have a subjective fever, and you have a headache, and you live in Collin County, you now meet the qualifications to be a ‘probable’ COVID patient. It is remarkable how low the standard is now… I’m very concerned that we absolutely could see the numbers jump, very rapidly, in a way that is not indicative of what we’re seeing, here, in the community, in the Public Health Department.
So, perhaps we can dispel the notion that there is any “authoritative” claim to the infection rates and death rates.
But what of the masks? Well, the popular N95 mask is made to block 95 percent of particles that are .3 microns or larger in size. COVID19 is .1. As some who have been critical of mask-wearing have said, “Wearing an N95 to stop COVID19 is like using a chain-length fence to stop mosquitos.” However, the mask could provide some protection against aerosolized, virus-carrying water droplets, so people continue to debate. Even the great Doctor Love of the US government, Anthony Fauci, has flipped positions on the utility of wearing masks.
There is also debate as to whether mask-wearing can increase CO2 levels in the blood. Ohio State Rep Nino Vitale (R) tested masks for oxygen levels just outside the mouth and nose, and found that all of the suggested masks reduce oxygen for those wearing them to levels lower than "OSHA safe”.
Dr. P. Raghu Ram, President of The Association of Surgeons of India, has explicitly warned people NOT to wear masks when exercising.
But, again, people dispute these positions, as the tax-funded BBC tells us.
What is not debatable, however, is that the economy has collapsed not due to any clear-cut pall of doom brought by COVID19. In fact, according to a Pew survey, public opinion is rising in favor of engaging one another in voluntary association.
The killer of the U.S. economy is political.
It’s one thing to have celebrities tell folks to wear masks. One can agree or disagree without any ramifications. In a free world where private property reigns and people can exercise autonomous free will, each participant in a contact does so voluntarily.
It’s the government that causes the problem, from public spaces -- where everyone with different opinions about masks mixes together, causing friction and disputes about how people should behave -- to private establishments that have been called “public” by politicians and judges. Governors and other busybodies have issued edicts commanding not only that businesses NOT open, but, from Massachusetts, to Maine, Nevada, to Virginia, to Kansas, to Pennsylvania, to North Carolina, and many others, governors have issued COMMANDS that people wear the masks outside on government “public property” and inside private businesses (which the politicians erroneously call “public”).
One can overlook the preachiness of celebrity attempts to help solve the COVID19 problems. But one cannot overlook the things the celebrities miss. It is essential that ethically-minded people take a wider look at what is at stake in the “great mask debate”, and try to be less eager to rush to judgment of those who might opt for a deeper understanding of the fundamental problems: lack of information, political hype, political funding of the hype, and political force.
So far, all of those have proven far, far more destructive than what the politicians claim about the virus, especially since they have no reliable data on which to make their claims.