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The judge wasn’t ruling on the efficacy of masks. She was ruling on the legal authority of the government to impose this mandate. Jha evidently doesn’t understand the difference.

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I'm so glad he let us all know that he will mask up on planes, we almost had a second to forget his extreme level of virtuousness.

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I guess the decades of studies providing evidence that masks have no effect on the transmission of a respiratory virus aren't "data-driven"?

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Why the mask lovers gotta announce tho? Look at me look at me! There is never ever enough attention for these people.

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You do you w/ your mask theater we’ve all had to endure the past 2+ years & leave the rest of us the hell alone

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The word "disappointing " is a codeword for "I know what's best for you and I can't believe the state doesn't enforce this on you and your kind". Being talked down to by an arrogant educated prick who thinks they are superior in morality and intellect and can therefore dictate how I live my life is really getting tiresome for me.

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Awesome, we are now living in a Seinfeld episode. Just substitute "5, 10 minutes" from the Chinese restaurant for "15 days" from the CDC.

gato, are you sure that isn't a parody account?

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CDC and “ data driven” are parallel lines.

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CDC scientists?

Sorry I'm not on that team.

That team plays dirty and cheats WAY too much.

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Ashish can mask up all he wants. Just leave me the hell alone.

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With this ridiculous outrage, one might think the judge actually demanded that the oxygen masks on planes be removed.

If you want and wear a mask and you believe in “the science” of masking, strap it on cowboy and STFU!

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Be sure and handcuff yourself while you’re at it.

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Here's the more than fifteen days of study the CDC spent using science to discover that masks have no effect on the transmission of a respiratory virus:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/19-0994_article

"In our systematic review, we identified 10 RCTs that reported estimates of the effectiveness of face masks in reducing laboratory-confirmed influenza virus infections in the community from literature published during 1946–July 27, 2018. In pooled analysis, we found no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks (RR 0.78, 95% CI 0.51–1.20; I2 = 30%, p = 0.25) (Figure 2).

Disposable medical masks (also known as surgical masks) are loose-fitting devices that were designed to be worn by medical personnel to protect accidental contamination of patient wounds, and to protect the wearer against splashes or sprays of bodily fluids (36). There is limited evidence for their effectiveness in preventing influenza virus transmission either when worn by the infected person for source control or when worn by uninfected persons to reduce exposure. Our systematic review found no significant effect of face masks on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza.”

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Remember that Ashish was the rube who admitted in the NYT that he was terrified to meet a friend at an outdoor cafe unmasked last Fall. Amazing to see the Federal Gov hire two of RI's worst - Gina and now Jha. Worst state in the country for biz friendliness and infrastructure, but let's hire the former Gov for commerce sec. Jha has been a bed-wetting narrative pushing disaster for the last two years and an advisor to a state w one of the worst death tolls (nursing homes helped). But let's hire him too.

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I need not add anything to this commentary but I will do. Ashish K is full of what my grandma used to call “horsh”.

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If the decision was data-driven, there never would have been masks anywhere at all.

But the decisions were always about politics.

The masks will come off in airplanes, and the result will be the same as when the masks came off in schools or anywhere else -- nothing.

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