Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Ron Johnson and N.E.J.M. vs. Local Pravda

The 'news' paper here--Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Pravda--continues its OCD rant against Ron Johnson (R-WI), this time with some blather about 'consensus' on masks as Wuhan Flu fighters.

Yah, well, Ron and the New England Journal of Medicine are on the same page.

...We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic....

 What did RoJo actually say?

...The Republican from Oshkosh said he supports wearing masks but expressed skepticism about their effectiveness.

"I think as more evidence comes in it’s becoming harder and harder to support that masks actually work," he told constituents in a conference call. "If they would have worked we probably wouldn’t have had as many infections, as many deaths as we did, but be that as it may, I was just on a plane and I wore a mask the entire time."...

Pravda cites a couple of studies which demonstrate that masks are mostly effective.  

NEJM for the pin, pals.

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