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I wrote an article a few days ago where I challenged the reputation and guidance of the WHO regarding masks. They now recommend medical masks for those who are vulnerable and elderly. It defies logic that this is just now being recommended, and underscores not only lethargy in policy, but their institutional credibility. Several people commented on this post conflating my criticism with a political statement – which is simply absurd. This was never my intention, but rather to urge readers to think logically, and more importantly think for themselves, which includes challenging narratives that simply don’t make sense. Masks are required or recommended around the world now, and US airlines are now mandating masks be worn by customers, even threatening to ban you if you don’t comply.
We just learned this…. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and head of Trump’s Covid Task Force, just admitted the initial guidance against facemasks was in fact a lie. In fact, it was motivated by what many suspected…a lack in supply, specifically for front line workers.
Here’s a statement from Fauci regarding the opinion of health experts in March and why they said masks wouldn’t really help the general public. It wasn’t so much they wouldn’t, but rather they were in short supply. Health experts…
“were concerned that it was at a time when personal protective equipment, including the N95 masks and the surgical masks, were in very short supply.” He went on to say, “We wanted to make sure that the people, namely the health care workers, who were brave enough to put themselves in a harm way, to take care of people who you know were infected with the coronavirus and the danger of them getting infected,”
I don’t blame advisors for taking this stance one bit, but a better approach would have been to tell the public there was short supply, that there had been miscalculations, and to respectfully refrain from purchasing masks to aid health workers who need them more. People still stockpiled everything, and most people didn’t believe this narrative one bit. Just look at China, Korea, Japan, Singapore where the outbreaks started and spread quickly, and all you saw were masses of people in masks. Creating a false narrative to save face undermines the credibility of institutions that the public trust, and underscores the cover up is always worse than the crime saying.
Much of what is accomplished in points and miles requires thinking for oneself, finding ways to use the information given, and applying it in a way that may actually counter the system. That is the point of articles like this, whether it be in life, or your travel goals. Observe, research, and draw conclusions based off information rather than political narrative.
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