The controversial WA State mask order is causing a lot of uncertainty and anger. Kindness and respect will go a long way as we navigate these unprecedented times. It’s impossible to know by looking at someone why they are not wearing a mask. There are many who qualify for an exemption based on medical needs, including those with anxiety disorders.
We encourage everyone to practice kindness to all, the masked and unmasked, and to research the science deeply. Below you will find printable materials you can share to help encourage kindness.
While ICWA does not support the wearing of masks by the general public as an effective or necessary measure, we do support everyone’s right to make fully informed personal decisions. And we encourage all who disagree with government orders to take appropriate action. Exercise and protect your freedom through your right to free speech, to file grievances, to peacefully assemble, and vote in the upcoming elections.
Remember that the WA State Constitution says:
All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.
See our Letter to Secretary Wiesman and Superintendent Reykdal Requesting Evidence of Safety regarding OSPI Guidelines for Reopening Schools
THE MASK ORDER
The ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH 20-03, Face Coverings – Statewide: Every person in Washington State must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when in any indoor or outdoor public setting.
See the ORDER for full details.
Exemptions included in the order:
The following individuals are exempt from the requirement to wear a face covering:
- Children younger than five years old; and
o Children who are younger than two years old should never wear face coverings due to therisk of suffocation.
o Children who are two, three, or four years old, with the assistance and close supervision of an adult, are strongly recommended to wear a face covering at all times in settings, like grocery stores or pharmacies, where it is likely that a distance of at least six feet cannot be maintained from non-household members and vulnerable people must go.
- Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes, but is not limited to, persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.
The Department of Health has a FAQ Page, which states:
Do masks prevent the spread of infection? A comprehensive reviews says no.
Please see full article for more information and citations.
Dr. Brosseau is a national expert on respiratory protection and infectious diseases and professor (retired), University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr. Sietsema is also an expert on respiratory protection and an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
“In response to the stream of misinformation and misunderstanding about the nature and role of masks and respirators as source control or personal protective equipment (PPE), we critically review the topic to inform ongoing COVID-19 decision-making that relies on science-based data and professional expertise.
As noted in a previous commentary, the limited data we have for COVID-19 strongly support the possibility that SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19—is transmitted by inhalation of both droplets and aerosols near the source. It is also likely that people who are pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic throughout the duration of their infection are spreading the disease in this way.
Data lacking to recommend broad mask use
We do not recommend requiring the general public who do not have symptoms of COVID-19-like illness to routinely wear cloth or surgical masks because:
- There is no scientific evidence they are effective in reducing the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission
- Their use may result in those wearing the masks to relax other distancing efforts because they have a sense of protection
- We need to preserve the supply of surgical masks for at-risk healthcare workers.
Sweeping mask recommendations—as many have proposed—will not reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission, as evidenced by the widespread practice of wearing such masks in Hubei province, China, before and during its mass COVID-19 transmission experience earlier this year. Our review of relevant studies indicates that cloth masks will be ineffective at preventing SARS-CoV-2 transmission, whether worn as source control or as PPE.”
Please see Schedule B from our Open Letter to Governor Inslee for more science and articles on masks.
Is SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID19 disease, spread through airborne particles, as suggested in a study now making the news? Investigative journalist Jeremy Hammond dove deep into the study and reports:
“A study claiming to show that SARS-CoV-2 spreads mainly via airborne transmission and that mask-wearing orders work is based on a fraudulent premise.” Read the in-depth article HERE.
The WA State DOH acknowledges that “most people who get COVID-19 will recover nicely.” The CDC data currently shows that 99.74% experience full recovery, some without even knowing they were infected. Since all the physical evidence shows that the public wearing cloth and surgical masks cannot prevent the spread of infection, Dr. Paul Thomas suggests that those who ARE susceptible to severe disease from exposure should consider protecting themselves from droplets with N95’s and face shields. And of course, everyone should ensure they have adequate Vitamin D and other nutrients necessary for a healthy immune system.
Printable Postcards to encourage kindness and understanding