Coronavirus

The Trump Regime Intentionally Lied About Wearing Masks

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

People are regularly urged to wear masks at this point, but that was not always the case.

In the early stages of the pandemic, Americans were told they don't need to wear a mask because masks may not be effective anyway.

We know masks are actually very effective at preventing the spread of the coronavirus, but the Trump regime knew that as well. They intentionally lied because there was a critical shortage of masks according to Dr. Fauci.

Fauci explained the early advice against masks by saying: "The public-health community — and many people were saying this — were concerned that it was at a time when personal protective equipment, including the N95 masks and the surgical masks, were in very short supply."

N95 masks are higher-grade equipment than ordinary masks and mainly used by medical workers.

He added that the government did not want healthcare workers "to be without the equipment that they needed ... We were afraid that that would deter away the people who really needed it."

Was it the right call to tell people that they shouldn't wear a mask just because they were afraid we would run out of them?

I don't think so because, at the same time, Trump refused to invoke the Defense Production Act to manufacture masks. And they also had plenty of time to prepare for the virus and avoid a shortage or, at the very least, reduce the severity of it.

Hindsight may be 20/20, but I think intentionally misinforming the public was irresponsible or at least unethical. People literally died because Americans were initially told that masks wouldn't help them and even today, in June, refusing to wear a mask has become a conservative movement shibboleth. Even more people could still die because of official misinformation that was shared earlier this year.

  • muselet

    Early on in the pandemic, there were reasonable concerns that healthcare workers would face even graver shortages of masks—especially N95 masks—than they already did if people started hoarding masks the way they were hoarding toilet paper. Priority had to be given to those who were spending 12-hour shifts surrounded by infected people.

    Also, the World Health Organization until just a few weeks ago was recommending against routine mask-wearing by all but healthcare workers and others in direct contact with infected individuals. WHO could point to no reliable evidence that masks meaningfully reduced transmission of viral particles; when that evidence appeared, WHO changed its recommendation. CDC actually issued its recommendation for wearing masks in public before WHO did.

    Yes, Donald Trump could have and should have used his authority under the Defense Production Act to increase production of personal protective equipment, and it’s inexcusable that he didn’t. It’s almost as inexcusable as his ridiculous insistence on not wearing a mask because it would make him look weak or some such.

    However, public-health experts, including Fauci, were not misinforming the public; they were following the best available evidence.

    –alopecia