Health Unit caves to hysteria, requiring masks

 In Letters, Opinion

I am disappointed to see Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit cave to COVID-19 hysteria by requiring masks in indoor public spaces.
We tolerated our economy to be back-burnered to “flatten the curve” allowing our healthcare system time to facilitate the expected caseload. Four months later, disease monitoring and testing is underway, hospitals are empty and continued lockdown is unnecessary.
The economy did not stop. Wealth was redistributed toward toilet paper, food stores, hospitals, personal protective equipment, vaccine manufacturers. A few are making out like bandits while the rest put up with job losses, restrictions, ceased or reduced service levels. It is time to stop the inequities. 
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s website forwards to Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph’s Public Health website with “evidence” based on “may,” “theoretical,” “potential” and caging golden hamsters within surgical mask partitions that were only 67 per cent effective.
Several doctors have made a stand online, recording their opinions. In the words of Minnesota Senator Scott Jensen, MD, “This idea of people thinking that they are doing something particularly useful with a cotton mask or a handkerchief or a homemade mask or a surgical mask is just looney tunes.”
Let’s stop the hysteria. It is doing more harm than good.
Donna Baylis,

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