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Mask – Not What Your Country …


If President John F. Kennedy were alive today, he might quip: “Mask – not what your country can do for you, but mask – what you can do for your country.”

Truth is, whether, when, how, for what length of time, under what conditions people are wearing masks – is getting pretty complicated.  In the end, prudence may be the best bet.

Putting aside politics – and all other issues – the use of masks to slow disease transmission is not novel.  Doctors, nurses, caregivers have long worn masks, for individual and group protection.

The issue is controversial only because people do not like being told what to do – and in America have rights; masks are less pleasant than going about without one, and medical advice has varied.

Although most understand masks minimize germ transmission – which is why medical personnel wear them in an emergency, examination, and operating rooms – the value in various settings, using unchanged or unwashed masks, versus the burden and inconvenience, is increasingly debated.

On facts, some things are clear.  Mask utility in closed spaces, where air is less well-circulated, is high.  As medical studies in 2021 show, “a primary route of transmission of COVID-19 is via respiratory particles,” and “the preponderance of evidence indicates that mask wearing reduces transmissibility …” See, An evidence review of face masks against COVID-19.

One recent report: “A large, randomized trial led by researchers at Stanford Medicine and Yale University has found that wearing a surgical face mask over the mouth and nose is an effective way to reduce the occurrence of COVID-19 in community settings.” See, Surgical masks reduce COVID-19 spread, large-scale study shows.

Moreover, wide literature surveys – capturing big pools of medical data – offer fresh insight on mask use, seeming to confirm a new idea that masks can have inhalation and exhalation value. 

New studies emerge weekly, making a summary overwhelming – so best to note sources offering real insight. One opens: “Less emphasis was laid on inhalation protection from virus transmission, an important aspect …,” thus “this review provides the most up‐to‐date information on the transmission modes of COVID‐19 virus in terms of droplets and aerosols,” “roles of masks in disease prevention and transmission … aspects of exhalation isolation and inhalation protection …”  See, How effective is a mask in preventing COVID‐19 infection?.

In short, an overview of cutting-edge medical literature offers a cleaner view of mask utility – putting legal and political issues aside.  Early confusions are resolved in favor of value.

Even so, understanding how government and private sector treat masks – varying approaches, mandates, bans, and restrictions – is also important. So, here is a top view, for the moment.

At present, indoor requirements – regardless of vaccine – are prevalent in some states, including Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington, plus DC and Puerto Rico.  For those unvaccinated, California, Connecticut, and New York still require indoor use. 

Some states require outdoor mask use, such as Oregon and Washington (for events over 500).  And even in states with no indoor or outdoor requirements, municipalities may have mandates. Then, of course, independent of all government policies, businesses have their own policies.

Looking back and ahead, some states lifted mandates, only to reconsider after “delta” emerged. In July, the CDC suggested those vaccinated wear masks indoors and in high-risk settings.

The CDC also urged masks in specific locations, such as health care venues, nursing homes, prisons, shelters, and on public transportation, such as on buses, in airports, train stations. 

Interestingly, almost 30 states with mandates lifted them, and nearly a dozen never had them. 

That said, masks are pressed by cities and counties, triggering pushback by states that do not favor mandates, such as Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Montana, Tennessee, and Texas.

Confusing are local rules since they vary by venue, situation, age, where, and when – and come with exemptions based on disabilities, beliefs, and activities in the location for which rules exist.

Businesses also have the right to set rules and do for varying reasons, ranging from accommodating patrons to avoiding liability.  Even Congress has rules, which have faced resistance, complaint, and rolling controversy.

All this brings us back to basics.  While federal, state, municipality, school district, business, and other public and private venues all have their own rules, prudence is a sound, simple guide.

Americans are well advised – even these days – to “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” JFK’s laconic guidance.  At the same time, with a passing smile, we might note the variant:  “Mask – not what your country can do for you, but mask – what you can do for your country.”

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Carol Jn
1 year ago

This article is very disappointing ! What is going on at AMAC???? Wearing a paper or cloth mask are not effective against viruses and are unhealthy . Dr. Fauci’s words not mine. This is insane and I cannot belief ANAC is promoting this garbage .

1 year ago

Daniel Chapter 3

I’m so sad that I may have to find an alternative to AMAC now.
I turned to you because you promised to stand up to Big Government oppression.

A mask is medical theatre designed to expose the non-compliant people who don’t bow to Washington DC.

Jeff Scott
1 year ago

What a bunch of drivel. “Surgical” masks are nothing more than drool masks, to catch any drool while drs, dentists, assistants etc are leaning over you and or equipment during the procedures. They do nothing to prevent virus spread. Very disappointed AMAC would promote such nonsense. Considering not renewing.

1 year ago

Virus particles are so tiny, they will pass right through the mask fibers. Think about the force and velocity of your sneezing? Think that little mask can help? They are worthless. Take good quality vitamins such as D3 C, Zink….and turn off CNN!

Daniel Shays
1 year ago

The mask nonsense is not controversial because people “don’t like being told what to do.”It’s a punchline because the so called public health experts changed their minds literally over night without even attempting to explain the self contradiction and because the manufacturers of the masks that the woke Globalist hacks insist on,put a disclaimer right on the box declaring that they are “not for medical use”.

1 year ago

“Unmasked Lives Matter” — Sol Luckman, Artist & Author

“If you don’t stand up for the unvaxxed now, you wouldn’t have stood up for the Jews then.” — Paul Rosenberg

The saying goes “SEEK the truth and you shall find it” –and NOT that you find the truth by passively ACCEPTING what authorities tell you is the “truth” like herd animals unthinkingly obey their shepherds’ orders. Yet almost nobody ACTIVELY SEEKS the truth, they only PASSIVELY ACCEPT as “truth” what the authorities tell them and so become UNthinking members of “herd stupidity.”

Do YOU actually SEEK the truth or are you a mindless member of “herd stupidity”?

Find out in “The 2 Married Pink Elephants In The Historical Room –The Holocaustal Covid-19 Coronavirus Madness: A Sociological Perspective & Historical Assessment Of The Covid “Phenomenon”” by Rolf Hefti at w w w dot CovidTruthBeKnown dot c o m

You can ONLY see the official lies IF you SEEK the truth…. it means you must LOOK “behind the curtain” — behind the official narratives.

“If you’ve ever wondered whether you would have complied during 1930s Germany, now you know.” — Banner of a Covid-19 protester

1 year ago

Looking at the dynamics of air flow and filtration 3 ply mask do a pretty good job of limiting the out flow to a short distance. Hence with social distancing and masking it’s logical to limit the spread of disease. Unfortunately the intake is a bit more complicated and depends greatly on fit as well as filtration factors and exposure time. When I worked in the Bio level suites you better believe a good fit on the N 95 mask with face shield was very important to be. We had space suits but never had a disease presented the required them. But now going to the store my fit is a little lacking on my KN-94 mask. Not like the guy who doesn’t cover his nose – why wear a mask at all if you do that- but it’s not an air tight fit. So exposure is kind of a factor, the longer the exposure the more you’re exposed, the more likely you are to get the disease. And even if you throw all caution to the wind and just play the odds – the odds are pretty good in your favor. But ya know, at 72 I’ve never crashed a plane or any of my corvettes either. So, do what you want. I’ve jumped out of airplanes, rappelled out of helicopters and raced cars: Me I’ll wear my KN-94 and get all 3 shots. I don’t need someone to tell me not to take unnecessary chances. I even wear a seat belt – which I assume most of you don’t.

1 year ago
Reply to  Smike

Your body your choice
We all have that freedom and right
Seatbelts or motorcycle helmets
You should never assume though anything

1 year ago

This is a big issue for me…so glad the subject was brought up…I was born and live in Texas…I’m a Senior…and have had the virus 2xs…as well as…the vaccine… Imaging centers, Health care clinics, and Hospitals…still try to force the mask mandate…not taking into consideration the individual…I have PTSD…and when forced to mask up…I feel my airflow is cut off and I panic…this should not be…a one size fits all…moreover…I went to have a biopsy done and had to preregister…the whole process took about 2 to 3 hours…I never put on a mask…while in the waiting room…with the masked patients…they were staring at me…so 1 by 1 they started removing their mask…this created an issue for a supervisor…trying to force the face mask policy…but…behind close doors…more than most… agreed with me…I’m not a leader but I do know the difference between being free and being controlled…DON’T BE AFRAID…DON’T COMPLY…I have managed to take care of all my healthcare needs…as well inpatient hospital stay…without a mask…Fearmongering facilities are looking for sheep…if questioning my actions…I got extremely sick with a mask…after the virus…and after the vaccine…”BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY”…doesn’t fly with someone that would rather be free…concerning those who want to wear a mask…it’s okay…but should not force those who don’t want to mask up…LOOK WHAT’S HAPPENING IN AUSTRALIA…IF YOU THINK IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE…THINK AGAIN…I must add…that when the virus first exploded…we were all fearful…but this can’t go on forever…ask yourself…why are American citizens treated differently from illegals crossing our border… it’s by design…STAND UP AMERICA…FIGHT FOR YOUR FREEDOM…

Connie P.
1 year ago
Reply to  Rae

Well said. I agree.

1 year ago
Reply to  Rae

Stand up is awesome

1 year ago

Just hard and trustworthy facts, in a world with too few.

Michael Trainor
1 year ago

The studies that say masks stop covid are false and flawed. There are ten times as many that contain no flaws in the data proving masks don’t work.

1 year ago

100% agree.

1 year ago

Agree with you. My military training in NBC warfare over the years taught that the type of masks that the public wears would not stop the spreading of viruses. You would have to suit up in a bio-hazard suit properly everyday to stay somewhat safe but who would go to work like that. The mask mandate was nothing more than government forced control on the people as many of us know. I do carry a mask with me and will put on as need be and only if I am forcibly ordered to put it on, otherwise it stays in the pocket. The government and CDC will continue their hype to control the masses.

1 year ago
Reply to  Max

Totally agree

1 year ago

Not impressed

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