GREGG LANCER, San Clemente

If I don’t wear a mask, I’m treated and viewed poorly and negatively. And “no-maskers” oftentimes look at mask wearers the same way or with similarly divisive perspectives.

 Based on my own research I’ve conducted about face coverings and most people’s use of them, I believe that, scientifically, masks are dangerous and ineffective. The evidence I’ve collected would far exceed my word-count maximum for this letter if I revealed it all.

Anyone that wears a PPE mask for their occupation knows that handling them throughout the day, with unwashed hands, greatly reduces their cleanliness and their efficiency.

Exhaling your own heated carbon dioxide into a small chamber where one re-inhales their own Co2, a waste product, (and the moist fibers of the material in the face covering), is, in my well-informed opinion, dangerous to the human body’s respiratory, nervous and immune systems.

The results of this “mask issue” in our society today:

  • Massive amounts of misinformation on all forms of media, therefore causing confusion and division.
  • Many with legitimate health or breathing conditions, legally exempt from being required to wear a mask, are denied access to stores.
  • Civil liberties being violated with unlawful discrimination issues being committed.
  • Being shamed, harassed and/or intimidated in public whether wearing a mask or not.

Based on the vast uncertainty and inability to prove their efficacy in virus protection, it appears that homemade face coverings are purely fashion and do almost nothing to protect anyone from a virus.

Couple that with the “wearing instructions” located on the outside of the packaging of masks, where they clearly indicate that they will not protect one from virus-sized diseases.    

If you want to wear one, do so. If you choose not to, fine. If you’re sick or coughing, wear one or stay away from people. Be patient and kind about it.

I have a breathing condition and don’t wear a mask to prevent an asthmatic attack to myself and a scare to those around me. I’m protecting myself by not wearing one, right? Or am I being selfish? Until we respect one another on this issue, we’re not all in this together. Be patient and kind.

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