Dr. Anthony Fauci: "There's no reason to be walking around with a mask"

Dr. Anthony Fauci: "There's no reason to be walking around with a mask. When you're in the middle of an outbreak wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better, and it might even block a droplet, but it's not providing the perfect protection people think that it is."

World Health Organization video states:

"Medical masks like this one can not protect against the new coronavirus when used alone. WHO only recommends the use of masks in specific cases. If you have cough, fever and difficulty breathing, you should wear a mask and seek medical care. If you do not have these symptoms, you do not have to wear masks, because there is no evidence that they protect people who are not sick."

JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association is a peer-reviewed medical journal published 48 times a year by the American Medical Association. On their website, JAMA states:

When Should a Mask Be Used?

"Face masks should be used only by individuals who have symptoms of respiratory infection such as coughing, sneezing, or, in some cases, fever... Face masks should not be worn by healthy individuals to protect themselves from acquiring respiratory infection because there is no evidence to suggest that face masks worn by healthy individuals are effective in preventing people from becoming ill.

Two Doctors Explain How Wearing Masks Hurts Your Immune System:

Coronavirus: Ventura County health officer says he won’t issue countywide mask order

https://youtu.be/ymHHbuk5s4g

Ventura Co. health officer says he won't issue countywide mask order 4/29/20. Excerpt:

"As a doctor I help my patient make choices, as the health officer, my patient is the county, so I have to look at this from a whole different perspective,” Dr. Robert Levin said during a news briefing. “I could not find that it was appropriate for me to recommend countywide that people wear cloth masks."

Ventura County Public Health: COVID-19 and the Use of Cloth Face Masks Summary of Findings

Issues:

Should cloth masks be worn during this COVID-19 pandemic in either the community setting or in places of business where food is sold?

Conclusions:

1. There is no incontrovertible, compelling or even a preponderance of evidence to support an Order to wear a cloth mask in the community setting at this time.

2. I am supportive of cashiers and customers wearing cloth masks inside a grocery store or any essential business where social distancing is difficult to maintain. Supporting evidence is not strong enough to issue an Order to mandate the use of cloth masks at this time; consumer preference is already accomplishing this in most parts of the County.

PDF dated April 29, 2020: COVID-19 Face Masks?

Ventura County Public Health: COVID-19 and the Use of Cloth Face Masks Summary of Findings

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