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Unmasking The Truth: Why We Refuse to Wear a Face Mask

I have been an unofficial legal observer and reporter of the majority of anti-vaccine protests that have taken place in and around London.

Anti-masker protester

Anti-masker protester

Introduction

When it became compulsory for face coverings to be worn in shops and on public transport, many people became suspicious and cynical -- believing that wearing face coverings is unnecessary and potentially harmful.

There have also been numerous arguments and fights between members of the public, some for not wearing their masks and others for wearing them.

What have the scientists said? "Yes, face coverings stop the spread of the virus", and "the only way to control the virus is with face masks." While others say, "face masks don't help" — "there is no firm evidence to back the use of face coverings," and "masks can cause more damage than good." My friend said, "Masks make it harder to breathe."

Table Of Contents

  • The Exempt
  • Anti-Maskers
  • Covid-19 Sceptics
  • Anti-Government
  • Who is Right?
  • Will we ever know who or what to believe?
  • We Wear the Mask - P. L. Dunbar (Powerful Life Poetry)
  • Poll: How important is wearing a face-mask?

Please be mindful and respectful of anyone you see who is not wearing a face mask because they could be genuinely exempt for the following reasons...

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The Exempt

  • Severely claustrophobic people who find it harder to breathe with a face-covering are exempt.
  • If a face-covering causes severe distress, you're exempt.
  • Anyone who relies on lip-reading or facial expressions to communicate.
  • If It negatively impacts your ability to exercise in a public place.
  • Children under a specific age (depending on the country) are not required to wear face coverings for health and safety reasons.
  • Anyone who cannot put on a face mask because of a physical disability, mental illness, or impairment is exempt.

Let's not forget the anti-maskers who use the 'exempt' reasons as an excuse to not wear a face mask in public.
Many people, including myself, think those exempt from wearing face masks should at least wear a 'face shield' out of respect and courtesy to people wearing masks. Or at least an 'Exempt ID' card or something issued by doctors that is just as visible as face masks are.

Thousands of anti-maskers, Covid-19 sceptics and conspiracy theorists again gather in Trafalgar Square

Thousands of anti-maskers, Covid-19 sceptics and conspiracy theorists again gather in Trafalgar Square

Not ALL anti-maskers are opposed to or refuse to wear a face mask because of the Coronavirus. Each group has their reasons...

  • "It ruins my makeup."
  • "The elastic bands hurt the back of my ears."
  • "They make my glasses steam up."
  • "They leave marks on my face."
  • "People can't hear me properly".
  • "I can't breathe properly."
  • "I refuse to wear my mask in solidarity with my hard of hearing friends who cannot read people's lips in public."

The Anti-Maskers

This group has been very public about their issues by taking to London's streets in several high-profile protests involving thousands of people who oppose wearing face masks, the lockdown rules and restrictions. In their defence, many scientists and health professionals have publicly spoken out to support them.

Many have said, "no medical evidence to support the wearing of face masks". "Wearing a face mask can be dangerous to your health" — "masks reintroduce dangerous expelled materials back into your lungs, which can cause carbon dioxide poisoning".

Others believe that wearing a face mask is not the answer to the solution. We have never had a cure for the cold or any Coronavirus, let alone Covid, and they believe that society "cannot continue to live a life being permanently masked" (muzzled).

Not to mention the billions of masks that have become as bad as the plastic carrier bags crisis as millions of abandoned masks. Some contaminated litter the streets and countryside. Or end up in landfills, which is not great for wildlife or the environment.

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Covid-19 Skeptics

Many health professionals and high-profile individuals have publicly spoken out at large protests in Trafalgar Square. Including former British footballer David Icke and the brother of former labour politician Piers Corbyn (footage). As well as suspended nurse Kate Shemirani (footage), who does not believe Covid-19 exists, saying, "Covid-19 is a hoax", "a SCAM-demic," and a "conspiracy to control the masses".

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Researchers from the State University of Londrina found that people who were less likely to comply with Covid-19 prevention measures, such as wearing a mask and social distancing, had ''antisocial traits such as low levels of empathy, high levels of callousness and risk-taking.''

ANTI-GOVERNMENT

At an anti-mask and anti-government rally in London, one of the speakers said, "the government is a form of religion. It is statism, and a lot of people will follow the government rules and regulations because they like to follow orders." Another called it a "Covid-19 PLANdemic."

Those people do not believe what the government says about the severity of Covid because so many people are anti-government. And if the government recommended we ought to eat two bananas every day for good health, they would stop eating bananas, and then the banana conspiracies would commence. Most also don't want to be "child-reared by a nanny state".

Who is Right?

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The ethics advisory board - scientists - epidemiologists - World Health Organisation (WHO) - The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), the government...?

When I hear the Coronavirus sceptics and anti-maskers publicly speaking out about their conspiracy theories (what they believe), they voice their concerns with passion, belief, confidence and conviction. Which far outweighs any politicians advising and ordering the public to 'mask-up and isolate' because of scientists' and experts' advice.

Some have said, "what qualifications do these sceptics have"? Some have analysed all the evidence - picked it apart, and uncovered far too many inconsistencies regarding the lockdowns, self-isolating — the need for wearing face masks, and the pandemic.

They also believe the information coming from reputable sources, such as doctors and scientists, who have publicly spoken out to support the anti-maskers.

Many have said, "if the government is so concerned about the people's health, then limit the sale of unhealthy foods, tobacco, and alcohol which kill millions each year".

And, if the highly contagious virus was as deadly as the government says it is, why would so many politicians, including Margaret Ferrier, Corbyn and Cummings, blatantly break the rules — rules they imposed on the people by travelling hundreds of miles on public transport and having dinner parties that were all in breach of the government's Coronavirus rules and the standards of professional behaviour.

The conspiracy theories they believe in are often based on a lack of facts and promoted through the little information that's available — in the case of face masks, no one had any information about the virus, only the expertise and protocols which previously kept people safe from past viruses, without any experience about this particular virus.

Will we ever know who or what to believe?

Who knows 100% what to believe about the need to wear a face mask versus the health implications of wearing one.

Not everyone will ever believe that the first moon landing happened. No one will ever find out the real reasons behind the 911 attack. Or the truths about the Roswell crash cover-up. Just ask any members of the 'Flat Earth Society'.

We Wear the Mask - P. L. Dunbar (Powerful Life Poetry)

The poem (unrelated to the pandemic) is about the struggle of black people/African-Americans forced to conform to stereotypes forced upon them by white society. Dunbar said, "the world was an affair of masks, that he could reveal himself only by the way he concealed himself, that the truths of his being were masked".

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© 2020 Tony Sky

Comments

Babs on November 07, 2020:

Hmm, Exempt!!?? Are they infection free? Do they know if they they have the Covid19 virus? Those people are either idiots or Trump supporters. Or, the same thing.

If they refuse to wear a face mask, then wear a face-visor or STAY HOME!!!

Julie_J on October 30, 2020:

I dont wear a mask for the same reason I dont wear underwear, things just have to breathe!!!

Anti-Anti on October 26, 2020:

Whatever you want to call yourself, get off your high horse. Stop being selfish and wear a mask. One day, sooner than you'll know it, you’ll be old and vulnerable too!!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 24, 2020:

Well done. A really good treatment of a tough subject. My little household just decided to wear them. My son and I laugh when mom wears them in the car.

My dentist has always worn one -- no need to wonder why.

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