“I know that for some Americans, the mask is not always affordable or convenient to get,” Biden said in addressing the nation from the White House. “Next week we’ll announce how we’re making high quality masks available to the American people for free.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT., reintroduced legislation on Wednesday to distribute free N95 masks to every person in the U.S. for free. Everybody would receive a package with three highly protective masks. Sanders’ legislation has 50 Democratic cosponsors in the House and Senate.
This is why this is stupid:
- CDC/OSHA guidelines require guys to shave beards to seal effectively (https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2020/03/16/n95-preparedness/)
- OSHA has a list of medical exemptions for whom N95s are not recommended (https://osha.gov/otm/section-8-ppe/chapter-2#medeval)
- HHS says children should never use N95 masks.
- There are no certified N95 masks in child sizes, no N95s certified for children.
But let’s ignore all of our existing rules and regulations. Let’s ignore all pre-pandemic research and all pre-pandemic official government statements in the spring of 2020 that said the public won’t know how to use N95s properly.
Our leadership has failed us. This is rule by idiots.