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Doctors unleash as coronavirus spikes: 'No other country debates masks'

June 25, 2020 04:34AM

from Doctors unleash on politics as coronavirus spikes: 'No other country debates masks'


social distancing and the use of masks in public have become a source of contention among those who feel it violates their personal freedoms.

In a series of interviews, doctors on the front lines in states where COVID-19 infections are exploding lamented the controversy in stark terms. They argue that mixed messages from mayors, governors and President Donald Trump are making it harder for people to appreciate the need for masking — especially as infections among younger citizens jump sharply.

“Honestly the politicization of science is one of our incredible societal downfalls. Science should not be politics,” Dr. Hilary Fairbrother, a Houston emergency medicine physician, told Yahoo Finance on Wednesday. The Lone Star state is in the throes of a record number of cases that threatens to overwhelm health systems in major cities like Dallas and Houston.


“We have a very different culture here. There’s no other country I know of in the world that debates masks,” added Dr. Murtaza Akhter, [professor in the University of Arizona’s Department of Emergency Medicine]. “People don't even debate seatbelts anymore... but to debate masks during a pandemic is so utterly ironic that it's hard to comprehend.”

Akhter, who accused Arizona’s governor of “passing the buck” on using face masks, said the coronavirus “doesn’t know state, city borders or national borders, it transcends all borders and all people. So the problem with having some people wearing masks and others not wearing them, is that the threat [of spreading] is still going to be there.”


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/25/2020 04:35AM by zn.

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ferragamo7933May 30, 2020 01:57PM

  the situation in Italy

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  Hospitalization increase rates are the real key.

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  Re: Hospitalization increase rates are the real key.

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  Re: Hospitalization increase rates are the real key.

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zn28June 15, 2020 06:53PM


zn27June 17, 2020 06:20AM

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zn31June 15, 2020 04:25PM

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zn26June 15, 2020 05:01PM

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zn48June 18, 2020 05:59PM

  You should actually read the studies..

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  the "doubters" are outnumbered

zn50June 18, 2020 08:18PM

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zn20June 23, 2020 02:22PM

  Outta control here in Texas..

sstrams26June 23, 2020 05:44AM

  hang in there, good luck.

zn14June 23, 2020 06:30AM

  Re: hang in there, good luck.

zn12June 23, 2020 06:51AM

  Yeah, I know, but people around here..

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sstrams13June 23, 2020 11:29AM

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zn26June 24, 2020 07:05AM

  looks like masks work (ie. even more evidence)

zn19June 24, 2020 04:40PM

  Doctors unleash as coronavirus spikes: 'No other country debates masks'

zn20June 25, 2020 04:34AM

  Re: Doctors unleash as coronavirus spikes: 'No other country debates masks'

Rampage2K-23June 25, 2020 10:34AM

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  Bars ARE shutting down alcohol sales here. ESPECIALLY the Beaches.

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  Speaking of Beaches, our Fire Dept shut down an entire station.

Ramgator10June 26, 2020 08:20AM

  Flaring up here in Jacksonville BUT........

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  Re: Flaring up here in Jacksonville BUT........

zn16June 26, 2020 03:52PM

  Re: Bars closing back down in Texas..

waterfield20June 26, 2020 08:54PM

  Yeah, if you've read any..

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  Jacksonville just made masks mandatory.

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