On Tuesday, May 31, 2022, President Joe Biden sent his lawyers to the Federal Appeals Court to overturn a lower court ruling that ended Biden’s mandate that masks be worn on all public transport including passenger jets.
Ironically, the same day that Biden was hoping to have the mask mandate reinstated, there was an article in the New York Times that basically admitted that mask mandates made no difference in stopping the spread of COVID, Fee reports.
The same day the DOJ’s appeal was filed, The New York Times published an article that explores the ineffectiveness of mask mandates. David Leonhardt, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, begins by exploring an apparent paradox involving masks observed by epidemiologist Dr. Shira Doron of Tufts Medical Center: “It is simultaneously true that masks work and mask mandates do not work.”
It was a shocking admission by the New York Times, but it wasn’t a full confession as the author still insisted that despite mask mandates not working, facemasks do work.
In his article, Good morning. Masks work. So why haven’t Covid mask mandates made much difference?, David Leonhardt writes:
In U.S. cities where mask use has been more common, Covid has spread at a similar rate as in mask-resistant cities. Mask mandates in schools also seem to have done little to reduce the spread. Hong Kong, despite almost universal mask-wearing, recently endured one of the world’s worst Covid outbreaks.
Advocates of mandates sometimes argue that they do have a big effect even if it is not evident in population wide data, because of how many other factors are at play. But this argument seems unpersuasive.
After all, the effect of vaccines on severe illness is blazingly obvious in the geographic data: Places with higher vaccination rates have suffered many fewer Covid deaths.
Leonhardt tried to get around this contradiction by blaming it on people who weren’t enthusiastic about masks and didn’t wear them properly.
However, several studies revealed that facemasks, especially the cloth ones, were basically ineffective in stopping the spread of COVID. READ: So, what was the point? Cloth masks allow 90% of particles to filter through giving them little ability to prevent COVID transmission, study finds AND: Blue face masks are only 10% effective in preventing COVID infection, new study finds AND
And we knew facemasks weren’t working in 2020:
A massive Danish study conducted by two Oxford professors in 2020 came to the conclusion that masks did not slow the spread of COVID.