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The Right Position on Masks

I support wearing a mask in public as appropriate. Despite earlier warnings from the CDC and WHO, the data overwhelmingly shows that those countries that have insisted on citizens wearing masks in public are rapidly seeing the collapse of the virus without a rebound of the virus.

Wearing a mask is the right thing to do.

In the United States, I do not think mask wearing should be mandated by the government, but should be a social obligation of the citizens who recognize they have an obligation to their communities. I think private businesses should be allowed to demand masks be worn and remove people from their stores for failure to wear masks.

In crowded areas, grocery stores, etc. people should wear masks. In uncrowded areas or in stores where no one is around, I do not see a need to wear a mask except to the extent I am asked to wear a mask.

Not wearing a mask to make some sort of civil liberties stand is silly and irresponsible and ignores the present circumstances of a virus for which there is no cure, particularly as countries are seeing second waves necessitating second lockdowns. Local and state governments demanding you wear a mask and punishing you for not doing so is also silly and counter productive.

Wear a mask because you should, not because the government is forcing you to wear one. If nobody else is around, you can take it off. This is not hard.

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