People who oppose wearing face masks have created fraudulent government 'exempt' cards
Some people reject face masks and raise health problems and other concerns. (Getty Images)
While face mask orders are being issued across the country, opponents are organizing protests, uniting on social media, and challenging officials on scientific guidelines for coronavirus reduction.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that people wear face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19, with the exception of children under 2 years of age and people with breathing difficulties or otherwise who cannot remove their masks without help . In a June study by Texas A&M University, masks were rated "the most effective way to prevent human transmission" by COVID-19. During a briefing on Friday with the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, believes that everyone has a "social responsibility" to take all necessary precautions to stop the spread of the coronavirus, including wearing masks.
But a growing movement that questions the need for masks due to flip-flop health recommendations, personal freedoms, and alleged health risks is resisting. This week in Florida, disgruntled locals confronted the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners with an emergency decree requiring face masks in public and denounced "the devil's laws aimed at" throwing God's wonderful respiratory system out the door "and." threatening the arrest of citizens "crimes against humanity."
In Arizona, Scottsdale City Council, Guy Phillips, apologized for tearing off his mask during an "Unmask Us" protest and announcing "I can't breathe," a sentence by George Floyd, whose protests in police custody in Minneapolis triggered across the country. (Phillips later told the Republic of Arizona: "I didn't mean disrespect and there was no connection" to Floyd and apologized to the man's family.)
Both states saw record-breaking increases in COVID-19 cases and were added to the list of CDC states, including Texas, California and Oklahoma, where the number of new deaths next month "is likely to outnumber those reported last month will be four weeks. "
Sometimes, refusing to wear facewear has become physical or verbal abuse, such as against Starbucks, Dollar Tree, and Costco employees who enforce policies. The outrage has worked in some states - in May, the Mayor of Stillwater, Oklahoma, issued an emergency order that required face masks after local workers were "threatened with physical violence and overwhelmed with verbal abuse". And the governor of Ohio overturned a nationwide face mask order after finding that "people won't accept the government if they tell them what to do."
A Facebook group called Freedom to Breathe Agency (FTBA) created a "Face Mask Exempt" card that included a logo similar to a government seal and a phone number for the Law on Americans with Disabilities (ADA). The US Department of Justice warned of "fraudulent" "postings or flyers on the Internet" and urged people "not to rely on the information" and US attorney Matthew G.T. Martin of North Carolina said in a Thursday press release: “Don't be fooled by the harassment and embezzlement of the DOJ eagle. These cards have no legal force. The Freedom to Breathe Agency or FTBA is not a government agency. "
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The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to requests for further comments on the FTBA and its mask-free cards.
FTBA's Lenka Koloma tells Yahoo Life that the government logo is no longer on the map to "avoid misunderstandings". However, the first admission was to emphasize the group's mission: “The FTBA was founded to educate people about our legal and human rights to breathe freely, to maintain optimal health as a personal decision without being illegally intimidated and forced. ... people [who are already breathing shallowly] and other disabilities can lead to serious health conditions. "
She adds: “We want people to be educated about the importance of oxygen from a physical and psychological perspective. On this basis, we want you to be free to choose. That is what it is about and America is building. Freedom of choice and personal freedom. "
The group's page has been removed from Facebook for "fraud and deception," she says. Facebook did not immediately return Yahoo Life's request for a comment.
Yahoo Life's medical assistant, Dr. Dara Kass disputes Koloma's claim. "The idea that paper [surgical] or fabric face masks would cause hypoxemia [low blood oxygen] or hypoxia [low oxygen] is unfounded by science," Kass told Yahoo Life.
"Masks may feel uncomfortable, but they don't cause a metabolic problem," she adds. "If you are upset or uncomfortable wearing a mask, there are other ways to cover your face, such as bandanas and face shields, although they may not be as effective in breathing droplets."
According to Margaret Nygren, executive director and CEO of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the FTBA card shows "a fundamental misunderstanding of the ADA purpose". She tells Yahoo Life that ADA “removes systematic and physical barriers to people with disabilities so that they can enjoy their communities to the fullest and not exclude them. Most people with disabilities do not want special treatment ... they tend to wear masks and want others to do the same. "
Disabilities that cause respiratory, jaw, nose, or mouth problems can theoretically be exceptions to masks, Nygren says. However, people with such disabilities are usually too aware of isolation.
"It is troubling to mock a very real law that makes the difference between life and death for a generation of Americans," she says.
People who oppose face masks can experience complex emotions about a changing world.
"When everyone started wearing masks, the old way of life suddenly disappeared," David Abrams, clinical psychologist and professor of social and behavioral science at New York University told CNN. "You suddenly admitted that this is the new normal. But you don't want to believe that."
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