What convicts you to believe in something or someone? How do you choose which expert to believe?
I bring up this question due to some differences of “personal convictions” that were expressed in last Tuesday’s council meeting during the public comment period. Specifically, I’m referring to the differences of personal convictions regarding the evidence of the effectiveness of wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Our country is divided on this topic. Our governments follow recommendations from other government resources, namely the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO). The Washington State Department of Health refers to its partners, which includes educational institutions. The information from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) mirrors the state and federal protocols. Many constituents are convicted to wear masks according to their directives. As an FYI, the governor announced yesterday that the statewide indoor mask mandate will lift March 21st and the outdoor mandate for groups larger than 500 is no longer in effect.
In the spirit of fairness, or equity, I am sharing additional research on masking for you to ponder and discern for yourself what is right for you and your loved ones. Just Facts produced a very comprehensive report, complete with references, about masking. Thinking on this subject, I asked myself…who got rich selling masks? Forbes.com provides a very interesting report.
In conjunction with the theme of competing medical opinions and reports, the federal hearing led by Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin “Covid-19: A Second Opinion” (Full 5HR version) brings out several experts who have compelling medical research and stories to share.
I believe in you to be able to compare and contrast the findings and determine what is right for you and your family. It looks like our weekend will be great for cleaning out closets and catching up on reading some good books.
Grateful for you!