Dr. Leana Wen, previously the president of Planned Parenthood, describes cloth face masks as “little more than facial decorations” and says the U.S. should require people to sport surgical masks in crowded indoor areas. The CNN expert now claims that the cloth masks are garbage which is in direct contrast with the CDC guidelines and pretty much everything these guys have been saying for the last year/
“Cloth masks are little more than facial decorations and should not be considered an acceptable form of face covering. The US should require (& distribute) medical-grade surgical masks to be worn in crowded indoor spaces,” she tweeted.
“My point isn’t that we don’t need masks, but rather that we should require masks that are most effective to prevent disease transmission. Everyone, including children, should be wearing at least a 3-ply surgical mask when indoors & around others of unknown vaccination status,” she said in another tweet.
Mask mandates have proliferated in connection with COVID-19, but while Wen describes cloth masks as unsuitable, many people have been wearing them throughout the pandemic.
Wen says more cities should issue mandates requiring people to furnish proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter certain places.
“If anyone should have their activities limited, it’s the unvaccinated,” Wen wrote in a Washington Post opinion piece. “More cities should follow Los Angeles, Seattle and New York in requiring proof of vaccination to go to restaurants, concert venues and gyms. A federal vaccination mandate for plane and train travel would also incentivize vaccination and reduce the spread of future variants.”
Even CNN talking heads now admit that cloth masks are “facial decoration.” Wonder if YouTube will censor CNN? https://t.co/ysTLE55gSe
— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 21, 2021
The kicker is that the CDC is still requiring that Americans wear, at least, a cloth mask on public transit under possible civil penalty:
“On conveyances with no outdoor spaces, operators of public transportation conveyances must refuse to board anyone not wearing a mask that completely covers the mouth and nose. On conveyances with outdoor areas, operators must refuse to allow entry to indoor areas to anyone not wearing a mask. Operators must also require that everyone on board (or in an indoor area of the conveyance, as applicable) wears a mask for the entire duration of travel, subject to the exclusions and exemptions in CDC’s Order. If a passenger refuses to comply, the operator must disembark the person at the earliest safe opportunity (or relocate the passenger to an outdoor area of the conveyance, if feasible). People who refuse to wear a mask may be subject to a civil penalty.”