Anti-Mask Protesters Are Intentionally Wearing Masks That Provide No Protection

Screengrab / Twitter


Anti-mask protesters are wearing masks made of mesh, yarn or lace — none of which protect public health.

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.”

Read the full report.


U.S. & Global News