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Are Masks Causing More Harm Than Good? (Guest: Jane Orient, M.D.)

September 3, 2020

If you look at bar graphs of daily COVID cases for at least two states, California and Michigan, you will see that cases started going up after mask mandates. Coincidence or is there an association between wearing masks and getting sick?

Jane Orient, M.D. explains that there is probably a simple explanation for the rise in cases after mask mandates, but universal mask mandates do present some risks.  Orient explains the concern about sick people re-infecting themselves while wearing a mask, how masks are causing headaches and perhaps fatal consequences for individuals engaged in strenuous physical activity.  Orient talks about the benefits of fresh air and how it was used to help recovering patients in the 1918 flu pandemic.  And last but not least, what seems to be driving “mask mania.”

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AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform. @HCPolicy
Jane M. Orient, M.D. is executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. @jorient