We Should Be Wary of Mask Mandates

A masked statue of Glenn Hill, a math professor at North Dakota State University. NDSU students are among those helping state and local health officials trace contacts of coronavirus patients. Ross Collins / Special to The Forum

MINOT, N.D. — In Fargo, left-wing city commissioner John Strand is talking about implementing a mask mandate.

Democratic-NPL gubernatorial candidate Shelley Lenz, at a campaign event in Grand Forks, said that she would have mandated masks “a long time ago.”

In Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz says he’s considering a mandate.

I am pro-mask. The price is tiny, and while wearing one is a pain in the rear end, that cost is small too when measured against what widespread mask-wearing could accomplish.

“I think if we could get everybody to wear a mask right now I think in four, six, eight weeks we could bring this epidemic under control,” Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, said during an interview.

A bold statement. I want to believe it’s true, though in recent weeks the nation’s public health officials have gone from condemning conservative protests against pandemic lockdowns to endorsing crowded protests against police brutality and back again.

It’s enough to give a person whiplash.

Still, the cost is small, and widespread adoption of masks could help a lot.

We should do it.

We should already be doing it.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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