Anti-Mask Protesters Are Intentionally Wearing Masks That Provide No Protection
Anti-mask protesters have begun wearing face masks that offer no protection against the coronavirus in order to make a statement, according to WTHR-13.
- A Florida man posted a video online of him wearing a mesh face mask in a Tampa Walmart. He said in the video:
"I wore a mask that is designed for protecting your face in a paintball battle. You can easily breathe through it. I walked all around the store, talked to employees, and other shoppers, and every one of them could see my mouth. It was almost like not wearing a mask at all. Nobody cared. That's because it's not about safety. It's all about compliance."
- Internet retailers have begun selling masks made of mesh, crochet (yarn) or lace, including warnings that the masks would not provide protection against Covid-19. However, protesters want the masks for that exact reason.
- One protestor posted a photo of a woman wearing a mesh face covering, saying:
“NO law requires a specific type or particulate rating of mask. This is about compliance, not safety.”
- Public health officials like Dr. Christopher Belcher, who serves as the infection prevention medical director at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, disagree. Belcher said:
“Masks absolutely work. They're not perfect. They're not the only measure you need to take to keep this virus under control but they're very effective and they're very simple.”