We're constantly being lectured by the government and media about the "science" of mask wearing. It's given birth to a new mask shaming cult who claim moral superiority over those of us who choose not to engage in the political theater of universal mask wearing. After all, if masks save lives, then those who don't wear them, are killers. We've already received those messages here at Action 4 Liberty, by the way.
But the science is not on the government's side. We have to look no further than the evidence they presented in the Health Finance & Policy Committee last Tuesday to prove that point.
Here's what we do know. Masks have utility at close distances. This is precisely why surgeons and dentists have worn masks for years before the pandemic. There are germs and viruses that can pass onto others by water droplets, and at close range, a mask can act as a barrier from those droplets getting on another person.
We also know that social distancing is the best method of preventing the spread of viruses. Kiss your spouse when he/she has a cold, you know what's going to happen. But if you remained in another room from them until their cold is gone, you'd be fine.
When the government's testifier, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota, showed test results of the effectiveness of a mask, we saw clear evidence that the Mask Mandate policy is nothing more than a ridiculous, risk-adverse policy that has no place in our book of statutes.
At a distance of 6 feet, the exposure risk of two maskless individuals is a mere 3%. And that's just exposure risk. If one individual does not have COVID, than the risk is 0%. Imagine adopting a universal policy with those kinds of statistics.
Even more important, when we break down the survival rate of COVID amongst age groups, there's nearly a 100% survival rate among children and young adults. So in other words, at 6 ft distance, there's a 3% chance of exposure, if a person exhaling had COVID, for a disease that has a 99.9% survival rate.
Despite our current mask mandate, quarantining of health individuals, shutdown of business, etc, COVID has still managed to spread amongst our population in Minnesota. In fact, there's really no grand, statistical difference between our surrounding states who share a lot of similarities in culture, climate, and in the case of Wisconsin, population. Clearly, Governor Walz and the bureaucrats in our government have zero idea how to stop COVID.
Even Governor Walz knows that masks serve little purpose at a distance of 6 feet.
Action 4 Liberty believes in freedom, which is why we strongly oppose government mask mandates. For those people, especially in more vulnerable demographics, who want to be extremely risk adverse, they should have every right to wear a mask. But to force our youth who are playing sports or our population who will fare just fine from COVID to cover their face, politicians are proposing a ridiculous, over-reaching government policy that must be defeated.