For weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services told us not to wear face masks. The Surgeon General even warned that mass use of masks could “increase the spread of the coronavirus.”
“My nose tells me,” I posted on Facebook weeks ago, “that all the info about how we don’t need face-masks is to cover up for the lack of face-masks.”
Last Wednesday, CBS News anchor Norah O’Donnell noted that a large percentage of people spreading the virus are asymptomatic, meaning they don’t know they have it. She asked Dr. Anthony Fauci with the White House Coronavirus Taskforce: “Should we be advising people to wear masks?”
“The primary people who need masks are healthcare workers,” the doctor replied, before admitting that if supplies weren’t so limited, wearing a mask was “a potentially good way . . . you could have an impact with preventing transmission.”
Days later, President Trump passed on a CDC advisory to the same effect.
Americans had figured out the initial lie, and were already making their own and posting how to do so on social media. Now that’ll ramp up.
Initially, our leaders didn’t level with us. They could have. Americans seem amazingly cooperative, to say the least.
Government folks need to stop masking the truth from the public. That way they might earn more public trust.
Which sure can be useful during a crisis.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.