21 States Sue To Stop Covid 19 Face Mask Mandates On Airplanes Public
Looks like the attorney generals for 21 states “can’t hardly wait” until April 18. Even though the U. S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) face mask requirements for those riding public transit and in transportation hubs are scheduled to expire April 18, Florida is leading 20 states in a multistate lawsuit against these requirements. According to a March 29 announcement from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, Florida along with Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia has been taking legal action. And of course legal action ain’t free or cheap. So who might be paying for all this? Well, if you live in one of these 21 states and pay state taxes, go to the bathroom, look in the mirror, point your finger at the mirror, and in your best Camila Cabello voice sing, “it’s you, babe.” Yes, you may be helping finance this battle against something that could very well be lifted in less than two weeks anyway. Here is what DeSantis tweeted that same day:And here is what Moody tweeted two days later:In the press release accompanying the March 29 announcement, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis claimed that “Florida has led the nation in standing up to misguided federal government policies and fighting back against heavy-handed mandates that have no scientific backing.” Well, it might look like there’s no scientific backing for face mask use when you don’t look at, you know, the scientific literature. A quick search of PubMed would return plenty of studies supporting the use of face masks. For example, a study from Wei Lyu, MS and George Wehby, PhD, at the College of Public Health, University of Iowa published in the journal Health Affairs showed how mandating face mask use in public was associated with declines in the daily Covid-19 growth rates. In fact, if you want a summary of the scientific literature as of late 2020, just look at a review of existing studies published in PNAS in January 2021. The review prompted the authors to conclude: “the preponderance of evidence indicates that mask wearing reduces transmissibility/contact by reducing transmission of infected respiratory particles.” The words “preponderance of evidence” are pretty strong. For example, if someone were to tell you, there’s a preponderance of evidence that a slug is climbing up your back, you probably would do something about it. Our computer model described in The Lancet Public Health synthesized much of the existing data and evidence on face mask use and showed how maintaining face mask use until certain vaccination coverage levels are reached could end up saving the U. S. billions of dollars. In his office’s press release, DeSantis did add, “If politicians and celebrities can attend the Super Bowl unmasked, every U. S. citizen should have the right to fly unmasked.
All data is taken from the source: http://forbes.com
Article Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2022/04/10/21-states-sue-to-stop-covid-19-face-mask-mandates-on-airplanes-public-transit/
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