This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge.
Following the sudden decision by Los Angeles last week to reimpose broad mask mandates because “science”, all eyes were on New York City, to see if either the science or politics would prompt the liberal East Coast bastion to follow in LA’s virtue-signaling footsteps. Well, it appears that east coast science (or is it politics) is just a bit different because, on Monday morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he has no plans to renew indoor mask mandates – so far – despite a spike in cases stemming from the delta Covid-19 variant.
“The simple answer is no,” de Blasio said when asked about the issue during a Monday briefing. “Masks have value unquestionably, but they’re not going to the root of the problem. Vaccination is.”
The comments from the outgoing socialist mayor comes as the seven-day average Covid-19 positivity rate in the city jumped to 1.69% on Saturday, more than double the percentage of residents who tested positive from last month.
As a reminder, late on Friday Los Angeles reinstated its mask mandate indoors regardless of vaccination status, becoming the first major county to reimpose mask-wearing in public spaces. The move was met with some resistance, though, after the county sheriff said he wouldn’t enforce the rule.
.“Forcing the vaccinated and those who already contracted COVID-19 to wear masks indoors is not backed by science and contradicts the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines,” LA Mayor Villanueva said in a statement, and for now the Big Apple seems to agree with his interpretation of the “political science.”
Back to New York, the delta variant makes up 69% of cases sequenced, said health commissioner Dave Chokshi during the briefing adding that he is “concerned about the increase in cases we’re seeing in New York City that appears to be propelled by the delta variant,” and noting that masks continue to be required indoors in public transit, health care settings, and schools.
Chokshi said to some degree there’s a slightly higher rate of breakthrough infection associated with the delta variant but that vaccines continue to offer strong protection for hospitalization and death and that the main concern is unvaccinated residents.
According to Bloomberg, De Blasio failed to reach his stated goal of fully vaccinating 5 million New Yorkers by June. Only 4.5 million residents are fully vaccinated, with the lowest rates among young New Yorkers and those living in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Vaccination rates also vary widely by race: While 69% of Asian New Yorkers are fully vaccinated, only 30% of Black New Yorkers are vaccinated.
Mark Levine, chairman of the City Council’s Health Committee, has called for the renewal of a mask mandate indoors as cases rise in the city. “The rule of thumb should be: in indoor settings where there’s no screening for vax/test status, everyone should wear a mask,” Levine said in a Twitter post on Saturday.
In response, de Blasio said he respected Levine’s views but that vaccines, rather than masks are “the answer.”
Has anyone actually come up with a real peer reviewed scientific study that shows that masks work or don’t work?
I hear so many claims from so many different people, but it seems like none of them ever want to mention the scientifically researched basis for their claim as the reason why I should believe them.
Companies making the masks are obliged to know how big are the pores in the material and how they may be used.
Sorry, I see this question as suspicious and provocative. An observing and thinking person would already know, or at least have an opinion, and simply wouldn’t ask this question after the mass use of masks over the last year or two. Furthermore, a quick search on-line shows vast numbers of sites that attempt to answer your questions. After enough time one should have looked at the facts, decide what is the best information, rationally decide what the threat is to him/her, and act accordingly. But will add my very limited knowledge to this question.
I’m no authority, but I know numbers. The average mask used on a daily basis by millions of people in my opinion are basically all but useless, even detrimental.
As fine as the filtration may be, I’ve read the size of pores in masks may still be 4000 to 8000 times the size of a virus. How can that stop a virus from going in or out? That virus is so small it cannot be seen with an optical microscope, it has to be seen with an electron microscope. The virus is about 100 nanometers in size, the size of light wavelength visible to humans is 400 to 700 nanometers. Therefore, even if an optical microscope was powerful enough to magnify an image of 100 nanometers we still couldn’t see the virus because it is smaller than the wavelength of light. Even if the gaps around the mask appear air tight, the gaps would be considered as planet size holes to the virus. If only a few viruses escape through the mask that’s all it takes. Once a virus is airborne in can be inhaled in, infecting the person, and starting the replication process in the host’s cells. The numbers alone tells me masks have little to no efficacy.
The reason the State has mandated masks is less for medical purposes and more for compliance to State edicts, an exercise in social, psychological, and political control.
Responsible parties in the region affected — generally, with no outward signs of raw humanity — can’t tell me how to come up with a single glass of drinking water or one sprocket of essential infrastructure, free-and-clear. They are passive seat warmers in a turnkey position, whose orders apparently trickle down through globalist mandate.