In February or early March, if you wore a mask, you were publicly humiliated and the subject of antagonism on social media – masks were useless when worn by the public said the experts!
Weeks later, wearing a face mask was then encouraged. But if you wore the wrong kind of mask – such as a surgical mask or a non-medical grade N95 used mask you had in your shop, which you bought last year – you were publicly called out for wearing PPE that should be turned over to your local hospital. (Reality check – hospitals threw away donated PPE that had been used or was unsuitable).
Then, they said, use a home made cloth or improvised face mask. If you were not wearing a face mask, you were then publicly humiliated and called out for putting other people at risk, you selfish jerk!
I have seen comments on social media and in newspaper Letters to the Editor, calling out people for wearing bandannas, scarves or other insufficient face covering (which was, in fact, specifically listed as sufficient by the CDC).
Now businesses are banning people with bona fide documented medical reasons for not covering their airway, in violation of the ADA.
No matter what you do regarding face masks, you are wrong. There is no way to do the right thing – anything and everything you do is wrong in someone’s view.
Fauci recently made comments about why they had to issue the incoherent face mask policies earlier because of a shortage of PPE – but there was never, ever a shortage of home made face masks. He made up this nonsensical argument .
And now this – people with actual medical and behavioral health disabilities who cannot wear a face mask are being denied access to public areas, such as stores, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“It’s making us feel uncomfortable and unwelcome,” he said. “I know they’re not doing it on purpose, I totally get that, but it would be nice if they would look back and see this person can’t wear the mask. Would you ask somebody in a wheelchair why aren’t you up around walking? For me it’s kind of the same thing. Some people may disagree with that, but that’s where I am at with this.”
Over the past two months, people have been verbally and physically assaulted for wearing a mask, wearing the wrong kind of mask, or not wearing a mask. People have been knifed and shot over the mask issue. Police have violently thrown people out of stores and buses over the mask issue.
“There are a lot of people who have COPD or emphysema, they just can’t wear a mask and they are being vilified for it. I have literally been yelled at and screamed at by people,” Schweigert said. “It’s not a political statement. I can’t wear a mask, and I got the note that says it.”
They then quote a university professor with this quote:
“Businesses are private. They are on property, and they can decide who can come into the business and who does not come into the business,” Shortell said. “As long as they’re not violating local regulations regarding discrimination by race and things like that, these businesses can decide these are the rules for if you want to enter our place of business.”
Professor Shortell of PSU is wrong – the media is using the “appeal to authority” argument and this fake news claim just gave the okay to discriminate against people who need to breathe!
If a person with a disability is not able to wear a face mask, state and local government agencies and private businesses must consider reasonable modifications to a face mask policy so that the person with the disability can participate in, or benefit from, the programs offered or goods and services that are provided. A reasonable modification means changing policies, practices, and procedures, if needed, to provide goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations to an individual with a disability.
Assaults and discrimination against people who need to breathe is what happens thanks to inconsistent, contradictory and incoherent messaging from incompetent public health enthusiasts.