Masking policies are about power, control | Letter to the editor

Posted 8/12/20

Regarding Sheila Westerman’s July 15 letter: 

Board of Health member Westerman suggests that, because she’s “never heard of or read about” healthcare workers …

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Masking policies are about power, control | Letter to the editor

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Regarding Sheila Westerman’s July 15 letter: 

Board of Health member Westerman suggests that, because she’s “never heard of or read about” healthcare workers complaining of complications due to mask wearing, those issues do not exist. This is an astonishing admission by someone in a position of responsibility for public health.  Scientific evidence doesn’t evaporate because one is disinterested in it.  

I wrote to the Board of Health and Board of County Commissioners on May 19, providing five links to legitimate research discussing potential problems with masking.  For example, a March 2020 study of 158 healthcare workers found that 81 percent developed headaches from wearing a face mask.  

Is there any point in writing to the Board of Health if they don’t read what you write? Or if they only read what aligns with what they already believe? The latter is a chronic problem with health authorities — it’s known as “discipline conceit.”

An illness with the recovery rate greater than 99 percent is not “an unprecedented public health emergency.” U.S. figures are off the charts due to improper treatments and mixing of the infected with uninfected in hospitals and nursing homes, incentivization of COVID-19 diagnoses, the lockdown itself, and wholly unreliable testing (neither PCR nor antibody tests are trustworthy).

Major health agencies aren’t flip-flopping?  On July 12, BBC’s Newsnight medical correspondent, Deborah Cohen, tweeted: “We had been told by various sources [that the] WHO committee reviewing the evidence had not backed masks but they recommended them due to political lobbying.” When pursued on this point, the WHO did not deny it.

My sister was a registered nurse in hospital and hospice settings for more than 30 years. She and her cohorts only wore masks if they themselves were unwell or if their patients had a trach tube.  

The truth is that masking policies are about power and control, which is facilitated by maintaining fear.

Annette Huenke
PORT TOWNSEND

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Marge samuelson

Lets just look at all the times there have been large meetings without masks and see what happens later.

If you look at the statistics from across Washington State, counties that do not distance nor wear mask have a resurgence of Covid-19.

Let's say you go to a gathering where people are not wearing a mask or social distancing, This has happened over and over, in Clallam County and Jefferson county. there is always an increase in cases after such gatherings. Take Trumps own government employees, going to his rally's they have become ill, why, NO MASK. Good example, Ben Carson, so happy at Trumps rally in Tulsa OK. Dead from Covid-19.

I really don't understand why people have such a hard time understanding this. Look at Florida, no masks, tremendous increase in Covid 19, Texas, same thing, Louisiana.

Countries like Japan have a mask policy and they were much faster getting the Covid-19 virus under control. New Zealand also.

I think you do a disservice to people by telling them "The truth is that masking policies are about power and control, which is facilitated by maintaining fear" You could say the same about vaccinations, seat belt laws, speed limit signs, and on and on.

WEAR A MASK! wear your seat belt, drive the speed limit, those laws are there for your protection.

Wednesday, August 12
Justin Hale

Sadly the Democrat Trump-Haters have decided to politicize the CV event, Biden's campaign said today that it was going to be a major part of their run for the Presidency, like what else have they got to run on? We all know that the first victim of a political campaign is the truth. Marge, I think you meant Herman Cain, not Ben Carson.

Wear the damn facemask when you have to, hel wear it 24/7, wear it for the rest of your life if it makes you feel better. When I go into a store I wear the mask, you can spot me by the "F-China" written across the mask.

Wednesday, August 12
Marge Samuelson

Your right Justin I miss spoke when I said Ben Carson. If I see someone wearing a mask I don't care what is says. Thanks for wearing a mask.

Thursday, August 13
Tom Thiersch

Credible, controlled studies on the use of face masks and associated headaches have been done only on the use of N95 masks, not the cloth or other types that are recommended by CDC to prevent *your* droplets from spreading to infect others near you.

For example, from the NIH https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16441251/

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ABSTRACT

Background: During the 2003 severe acute respiratory distress syndrome epidemic, healthcare workers mandatorily wore the protective N95 face-mask.

Methods: We administered a survey to healthcare workers to determine risk factors associated with development of headaches (frequency, headache subtypes and duration of face-mask wear) and the impact of headaches (sick days, headache frequency and use of abortive/preventive headache medications).

Results: In the survey, 212 (47 male, 165 female) healthcare workers of mean age 31 years (range, 21-58) participated. Of the 79 (37.3%) respondents who reported face-mask-associated headaches, 26 (32.9%) reported headache frequency exceeding six times per month. Six (7.6%) had taken sick leave from March 2003 to June 2004 (mean 2 days; range 1-4 days) and 47 (59.5%) required use of abortive analgesics because of headache. Four (2.1%) took preventive medications for headaches during this period. Multivariate logistic regression showed that pre-existing headaches [P = 0.041, OR = 1.97 (95% CI 1.03-3.77)] and continuous use of the N95 face-mask exceeding 4 h [P = 0.053, OR = 1.85 (95% CI 0.99-3.43)] were associated with development of headaches.

Conclusions: Healthcare providers may develop headaches following the use of the N95 face-mask. Shorter duration of face-mask wear may reduce the frequency and severity of these headaches.

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Get your facts straight. If you can cite non-anecdotal evidence, not tin foil hat conspiracy BS, let's see it.

Friday, August 14