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North Carolina Legalized Consumer Injustice by Mandating Face Masks Statewide

I have been studying developments in the COVID-19 pandemic since the day it started to gain attention.

Figure 1. Face mask consumer injustice image compiled by Robert G Kernodle

Figure 1. Face mask consumer injustice image compiled by Robert G Kernodle

Criminal Negligence?

I have come to the conclusion that consumer injustice on a mass scale has existed in North Carolina, ever since the governor mandated face masks statewide, and that the state attorney general as well as the secretary of health and human services have been complicit in allowing this to continue. I will explain in the following paragraphs and graphics.

Simply put, the governor of North Carolina authorized a statewide practice of consumer discrimination by forcing businesses to treat all people as threats who do not wear a face mask while on business premises carrying on normal consumer activities. Under the guise of an executive order to slow the spread of a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), this authorization was absurd and unfounded, according to the highest tier of scientific evidence, current data, and historical precedent.

People who display no symptoms of sickness, who are trim, well toned, with good blood pressure and pulse, who practice a healthy lifestyle, eat properly, exercise, who have strong immune systems, good oral and bodily hygiene, who have every appearance and condition of a functional human in society have been marked and targeted systematically as threats and trespassers, if they do not wear cloth on their faces.

Mandating face masks for all people, thus, was not only a reaction from ignorance, it was also a reaction from blindness to the facts – blindness that has solidified into unfounded faith, which has caused government leaders and news-media leaders to collectively traumatize whole populations to such an extent that they fear healthy people.

Continuing to think along these lines, continuing to govern along these lines, continuing to propagate information (misinformation) in the guise of “news” along these lines borders on mental illness. Given the highly credible expert information now available, a rational person would judge the act of mandating face masks for all people to be far removed from the conduct of an ordinarily prudent or careful leader under the same circumstances, to such an extent that it undermines the proper regard for human life.

Proof of Mask Mandate Ineffectiveness

A novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 was established as the official cause of the COVID-19 alleged pandemic that sparked a worldwide movement to institute face mask mandates for entire countries or states. The proof that face mask mandates do not work, however, is clear, internationally, nationally, and locally.

Internationally

The countries of Bulgaria, Slovenia, Venezuela, and Vietnam, for example, experienced a steeper increase in COVID-19 case numbers, two to three months after mandating masks nationwide. Two months is four virus incubation periods for masks to show an effect, but the observed effect was an increase in case numbers.

Figure 2. Graphs compiled by Robert G Kernodle to illustrate mask mandate failure worldwide

Figure 2. Graphs compiled by Robert G Kernodle to illustrate mask mandate failure worldwide

An even more obvious instance of face mask failure has been evident in the country with the harshest shutdowns, strictest quarantines, and most mask wearing (the Philippines), where none of these measures were effective in controlling the virus.

Figure 3. Graph adapted by Robert G Kernodle showing failure of lockdowns and face masks in the Philippines

Figure 3. Graph adapted by Robert G Kernodle showing failure of lockdowns and face masks in the Philippines

Nationally

In the United States, the states of New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Hawaii, and Delaware, for example, showed similar or the same effect – an increase in COVID-19 case numbers (often steeper), two to three months after mandating masks statewide,

Figure 4. Graphs compiled by Robert G Kernodle to illustrate mask mandate failure nationally

Figure 4. Graphs compiled by Robert G Kernodle to illustrate mask mandate failure nationally

The state of Hawaii has been a particularly vivid example of how COVID-19 cases skyrocketed, despite a mandatory statewide mask mandate on top of the stay-at-home order placed a month earlier.

Generally, mask mandates have come into effect late in the game for most states of the United States, almost as a final act of desperation in a series of executive orders to gain control or give appearances of gaining control over the virus. North Carolina was no exception.

We can clearly deduce that mask mandates do not work, by comparing Sweden (a country that never forced any sort of mandate on its citizens) to the entire United States (virtually all of whose states forced multiple orders on its citizens).

Figure 5. Graph adapted by Robert G Kernodle comparing COVID timeline of Sweden and the USA

Figure 5. Graph adapted by Robert G Kernodle comparing COVID timeline of Sweden and the USA

Pay close attention to what happened in the month of June – when Sweden (with no mask mandate) saw cases take a nose dive, while the entire United States (by this time almost wholly under some sort of mask requirement) exploded in case numbers to astronomical heights, compared to Sweden.

This is an amazing illustration of just how ineffective face mask mandates have been in the United States, and it completely vindicates Sweden’s senior epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, who has steadfastly discouraged such mandates.

Locally

Looking specifically at North Carolina, whether we view the cumulative or the daily picture of COVID-19 cases, the proof is the same – that over two times more COVID-19 cases were confirmed after the statewide face mask mandate than before the statewide face mask mandate, where the mask mandate came late in the game, on top of every other measure already imposed!

Figure 6. Graph by Robert G Kernodle showing COVID cumulative cases before and after NC mask mandate

Figure 6. Graph by Robert G Kernodle showing COVID cumulative cases before and after NC mask mandate

Figure 7. Graph by Robert G Kernodle showing COVID daily cases before and after NC mask mandate

Figure 7. Graph by Robert G Kernodle showing COVID daily cases before and after NC mask mandate

Emergency, What Emergency?

Declaring a state of emergency requires a threat of obvious considerable magnitude. North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 166A, Article 1A – North Carolina Emergency Management Act. Part 1, General Provisions, Section 166A-19.3(6) Emergency defines an emergency as follows:

  • An occurrence or imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from any natural or man-made accidental, military, paramilitary, terrorism, weather-related, public health, explosion-related, riot-related cause, or technological failure or accident, including, but not limited to, a cyber incident, an explosion, a transportation accident, a radiological accident, or a chemical or other hazardous material incident.

Six months after North Carolina’s governor declared an emergency, the state has remained in an emergency alert, when no such emergency of this magnitude exists.

At this point, any semblance of a public health crisis threatening widespread loss of life has passed, as indicated by the overall number of deaths, which has returned to expected levels, both nationally and statewide (see the following graphs).

Figure 8. United States historical all-cause mortality adapted from CDC by Robert G Kernodle

Figure 8. United States historical all-cause mortality adapted from CDC by Robert G Kernodle

Figure 9. North Carolina historical all-cause mortality adapted from CDC by Robert G Kernodle

Figure 9. North Carolina historical all-cause mortality adapted from CDC by Robert G Kernodle

Govermor's Executive Orders Failed to Control Case Numbers but Destroyed North Carolina's Economy

Figure 10. Graphs by Robert G Kernodle showing the reality of North Carolina’s COVID-19 emergency

Figure 10. Graphs by Robert G Kernodle showing the reality of North Carolina’s COVID-19 emergency

To repeat, as has been the case with other states in the US, North Carolina mandated masks very late in the progression of the virus, well past the peak in case numbers. Such a move had every appearance of desperation, faith, or motivations beyond rational, responsible thinking.

A reasonable leader would have comprehended that the threat to human life from disabling an entire state economy and forbidding normal social interactions far exceeded any potential threat from a virus that failed to meet the necessary threshold of imminent threat defined by North Carolina’s Emergency Management Act.

On top of this, a reasonable leader would not have enacted a state order that marked healthy, asymptomatic people as potential threats and trespassers in situations and on premises for which no precedent in history set such a standard for an illness of this relatively mild virulence.

In short, the level of negligence in studying the reality of COVID-19 has been monumental. The level of blind trust in applying the shakiest of evidence has been irresponsible. The level of persistence in holding entire populations hostage to unreasonable fear has been immoral, unethical, and abusive.

What happened in North Carolina and in much of the rest of the world registers to my conscience as one of the greatest episodes of mismanaging the human race that has ever occurred.