Ventura County CA Health Officer Explains Why He Won't Issue A Facemask Order (Video)
Dr. Robert Levin, the Ventura County, CA public health officer, took a lot of flak for his contact tracing "remove people from their homes" comments, which garnered millions of views about a month ago. (He later wrote on facebook that he will not remove people from their homes. This retraction got no media coverage whatsoever.) However, on a separate topic, it seems unknown that to his credit, Dr. Levin refused to issue a mask order for Ventura county. And unlike all these hacks that issue mandatory mask orders across the country with no science to justify their edict, Dr. Levin very articulately justified his refusal of the mask order with both spoken & written proof.
Go to minute 5 of this video where Dr. Robert Levin explains why he will not issue a facemask order.
Ventura County Public Health: COVID-19 and the Use of Cloth Face Masks Summary of Findings
Should cloth masks be worn during this COVID-19 pandemic in either the community setting or in places of business where food is sold?
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.
This is a very helpful, must-see PDF dated April 27, 2020:
Ventura County Public Health: COVID-19 and the Use of Cloth Face Masks
Summary of Findings
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."