Marion County FL Sheriff To Employees & The Public: No Masks & This Is no Longer A Debate Nor Is It Up To Discussion
The NBC News Headline reads: "Florida sheriff orders deputies not to wear masks, bans civilians in masks from office."
The Sheriff's logic in saying "no masks" is nonsense.
"'Now, I can already hear the whining and just so you know I did not make this decision easily and I have weighed it out for the past 2 weeks,' according to a memo Woods wrote to staff, provided to NBC News by the sheriff's office.
'We can debate and argue all day of why and why not. The fact is, the amount of professionals that give the reason why we should, I can find the exact same amount of professionals that say why we shouldn’t.'"
The policy applies to all 900 department employees, and Woods said his decision is final.
'This is no longer a debate nor is it up for discussion,' he wrote." (NBC News)
The Sheriff should be asked a question, who are the professionals that say people should not wear masks?
We did some research, and we found no evidence that doctors say that masks should not be worn. What we found was practical advice on how to properly use masks to help stop the spread of Covid 19.
Masks are used to inhibit the passing of Covid 19 from an infected person to a healthy person. The mask is effective in blocking particles coming from the sick person when they cough, talk or sneeze. Moreover, the masks can help stop the spread from an asymptomatic infected person to a non infected person.
We found the following advice from a group of physicians:
(Komo News) “'Masks really don't block the particles,' said Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, health officer with Public Health – Seattle & King County. 'Air can come around the side of them and you can inhale the droplets if someone close to you is coughing or sneezing.'
Duchin said stay at least six feet from someone who is coughing or sneezing and don't trust a mask for protection.
'There is some speculation that they can hurt in the sense that people may not take the other precautions that we suggest,' Duchin said.
However, doctors say masks can be effective and should be worn by people who are already sick.That will help contain their coughs and sneezes from spreading to healthy people standing nearby."
It is worth repeating, masks are used to control the spread from those infected to the non infected. Therefore, we are left wondering what the Sheriff's political motivations are for an outright ban that includes members of the public entering into his Department's office? Alternatively, maybe the Sheriff doesn't understand proper mask use?
If the Sheriff were being sincere, he would send a memo instructing employees, and members of the public, on proper mask use in conjunction with other safety measures to slow the spread of Covid 19.
Sheriff Woods is a Republican.
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