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What do Americans think about wearing masks? | American Enterprise Institute

The controversy over face masks has been gaining steam as states start to reopen. Today, 12 states require people to wear a face covering. How have Americans reacted? One of the earliest questions on masks appeared in a February 13-18 Kaiser Family Foundation poll in which fewer than one in 10 Americans (9 percent) reported buying or wearing a protective mask. That rose to 12 percent in their March poll. In the March survey, 16 percent of Democrats and 7 percent of Republicans said they had bought or worn a protective mask. The gaps were wider on other issues. In ... Read more

WHO Disagrees with CDC Recommendations, Says No Need for Healthy People To Wear Masks

Of all the issues dividing Americans right now, it seems ridiculous that the question of whether to wear face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 should be one of them. Unfortunately, it has become yet another flashpoint, with most opinions falling along the usual political divide — the left expects unquestioned obedience to government dictates on mask requirements, while the right is suspicious of the virtue signaling and government overreach that comes with it. The problem is compounded by the fact that two top health organizations disagree on the efficacy or even the safety of healthy people wearing masks. ... Read more

Masks on Leatherneck Square: Virus Changes Marine Training

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. — The booming shouts of the rain-soaked Marine recruits echo across Leatherneck Square training field, barely muffled by their masks. And as they jog by, belting out responses to drill instructors in a rhythmic cadence, the white fabric across their faces is the only telltale sign of the coronavirus’ effects on their quest to become Marines. But in ways big and small, the virus is impacting training at the Marine Corps’ Parris Island Recruit Depot and across the military. And defense leaders say some of the adjustments are proving beneficial and could become permanent. Read Next: Army Private’s ... Read more

Will We Wear Masks Forever?

Are facemasks a temporary way to fight a specific virus, or will they become part of our “new normal?” “I don’t care about philosophy, just tell me how it ends.” That line is repeated on the final page of Len Jenkin’s play ‘Dark Ride.’ I’ve been thinking about Len, whom I had the great pleasure of working with a few times, a lot of late. His work always creates a world a bit out whack, dusty and dim, characters engaged in slow motion chaos. Today’s creepy streets of masked New Yorkers feel like a Len Jenkin play, and all anybody ... Read more

New York to allow private businesses to deny entry to customers without masks

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday he will sign an executive order authorizing private businesses to deny people entry if they are not wearing a mask or face covering. Why it matters: Wearing face masks has become a political symbol for some Americans, despite public health officials urging people to do so to prevent community spread. What he’s saying: “I have been working to communicate this message about masks and how effective they are. They are deceptively effective. They are amazingly effective. And we’ve made them mandatory in public settings, public transportation, et cetera.” “But when we talk about reopening stores and places of business, we’re giving the store ... Read more

CDC issues guidelines for reopening offices: Masks, handshake bans and more

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines on Wednesday detailing how office buildings can reopen following months of social distancing amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. What they’re saying: The guidance outlines steps for employers to ensure they “create a safe and healthy workplace and protect workers and clients.” The CDC urged caution and careful planning before bringing workers back to office buildings. Details… The CDC advised employers to foremost determine whether their workspaces are ready for occupancy. That includes proper ventilation systems, increasing the flow of outdoor air and ensuring no hazards emerged during the shutdown. Office ... Read more

Zipline drones deliver masks to hospitals in fight against coronavirus

Zipline, a California drone company, has made its U.S. debut by delivering medical supplies to hospitals in North Carolina under a pilot program honed in Africa. Why it matters: The effort, made possible by a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration to Novant Health, is the nation’s longest-range drone delivery operation and could demonstrate how drones could be used in future pandemics, Zipline officials said. The big picture: The pandemic has caused a surge of interest in contactless delivery, creating new opportunities for robots, driverless vehicles and unmanned drones. Driving the news: Zipline and Novant Health, a large hospital system ... Read more

Gov. Ralph Northam To Require Masks After Spotted Not Wearing One

Virginia residents will be required to wear face masks in public spaces starting Friday under a new executive order from the state’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday, just days after being spotted without one. Under Northam’s law, masks will be mandated anywhere that people congregate in groups, including but not limited to stores, diners, barber shops, government buildings, and public transit. Exceptions feature those eating or drinking in a restaurant, those who are exercising, children under the age of 10, and individuals with an underlying health condition that prevents one from covering their face. Those who violate Northam’s new ... Read more

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Spitting on Other People

Late last week, a video compilation started making the rounds, showing customers in public places of business—Costco, Walmart, a Red Lobster—refusing to wear masks or to observe social distancing, and, when called out on their negligence, demonstratively coughing and even spitting on the mostly low-wage employees who were trying to enforce basic safety guidelines. These are the images of the current culture war, fought and framed, like other American culture wars, around conflicting ideas of freedom. “I woke up in a free country,” a disgruntled Costco customer says. “What freedom is being sacrificed by wearing a mask?” a Twitter user ... Read more

Northam Asks Residents To Wear Masks, Then Mingles in Beach Crowd Without a Mask

Commentary Zach Gibson / Getty ImagesVirginia Gov. Ralph Northam delivers the State of the Commonwealth address at the Virginia State Capitol on Jan. 8, 2020, in Richmond, Virginia. (Zach Gibson / Getty Images) Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam really wants you to wear a mask while out in public. The Democratic governor is so fond of facial coverings and their potential to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that he is even talking about making masks mandatory for all of Virginia’s 8.5 million residents. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Northam is prepared to make a determination about mandating face coverings in ... Read more