More evidence that universal masking does not work, at least to prevent Covid-19, is provided by a piece at The Federalist by Yinon Weiss entitled These 12 Graphs Show Masks Mandates Do Not Stop Covid. Yesterday, a coworker drove up, alone in her car, but when she saw me, she grabbed a mask and put it to her face. Another man, also a coworker, drove alone from his home to work wearing a mask. What, or who, did he think he was protecting by wearing a mask? Each of course believes what the news constantly drills into their heads, that masks stop the virus, if only we would wear them. So they wear them as a magic talisman, like making the sign of the Cross supposedly wards off vampires.
Unfortunately, what they are hearing and believing is a lie. As the hyperlinked article shows, masks do not stop the Covid. But, masks do have a number of ill effects. The worst of these ill effects is that people who believe in masks become complacent about taking rational precautions for themselves. Then there are the dehumanizing of everyone by covering most of their faces. Remember that in socialism, the people are termed "the masses." And it affects their way of thinking about people as interchangeable widgets in a machine, as opposed to individuals who each have their own desires and dreams, and who uniquely contribute to society.
Masks dehumanize us, and ironically serve as a constant reminder that we should be afraid. People can now be spotted wearing masks while camping by themselves in the woods or on a solo sailing trip. They have become a cruel device on young children everywhere, kindergarten students covered by masks and isolated by Plexiglas, struggling to understand the social expressions of their peers. Face coverings are causing real harm to the American psyche, provide little to no medical benefit, and distract us from more important health policy issues.>/em>I especially think forcing children to wear masks should be seen as child abuse. These are five, six, seven year old children for crying out loud. To expect them to vigilantly wear a mask all day is putting too much on their shoulders.