Utah governor criticizes parents opposing masks for students

Students in the Cache County School District received two masks on their first day of school, one courtesy of the district and one courtesy of the state.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says parents who do not want to follow his health mandate by requiring their children to wear masks when returning to school are a little bit irrational.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the Republican says students without face coverings should not return to classrooms and should instead take part in online school or homeschooling during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The comments follow confirmation by Herbert’s office Wednesday that K-12 students and staff who refuse to wear masks without a legitimate medical exemption can be charged with a misdemeanor under his mandate.

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  • NoToMasks August 21, 2020 at 12:15 pm Reply

    Mask effectiveness had already been studied long before COVID and do you know what had already been found from this previously vetted research? Only immuno-compromised, the ill and healthcare workers should wear masks. NOT the general public!

    Mask wearing by the general public is considered more dangerous than not wearing masks due to the lack of proper mask wearing knowledge and lazy mask hygiene. Pay special attention and you will see time and time again where people do not use masks properly. Masks sitting under noses/chins, masks hanging from rear view mirrors/ears, masks being reused, touching the mask itself, using the mask to itch face or pick noses, masks not being changed immediately when moist (every 45min-1hour), etc…. These are dangerous practice that will ultimately increase the spread of COVID AND many other bacteriae and viruses.

    Why the media has pushed new and false mask positive message and over-reaction is quite a mystery.

    Please continue reading if you are asking this same question!







    “Wearing face masks is a constant reminder that we should fear this invisible enemy or “monster” as some politicians have called it- There is no doubt that wearing a mask reinforces the worry and fear about COVID-19. Even being in public mask-less and seeing that most people are wearing masks leaves one with a sense of angst. Fear, worry and anxiety are powerful immune suppressing emotions. This is another factor relating to the immunosuppressive effects of face masks.” This is a link to a section of a 2007 book titled, Cytokines: Stress and Immunity– Second Edition 2007. You can read Chapter 2 titled Worried to Death? Worry, and Immune Dysregulation in Health and HIV. Interestingly, HIV is a viral infection as is SARS-C0V-2 (COVID-19).

    “Wearing a face mask can increase your risk of infections- The last point discussed the drop of oxygen levels after wearing a mask. A drop in oxygen levels (hypoxia), is associated with an impairment in immunity. Studies have shown that hypoxia can inhibit the type of main immune cells used to fight viral infections called the CD4+ T-lymphocyte. This occurs because the hypoxia increases the level of a compound called hypoxia inducible factor-1 (HIF-1), which inhibits T-lymphocytes and stimulates a powerful immune inhibitor cell called the T-regs. This sets the stage for contracting any infection, including COVID-19 and making the consequences of that infection much graver. In essence, your mask may very well put you at an increased risk of infections and if so, having a much worse outcome. In addition, reduced oxygenation can accelerate cancer growth.“ (1. Shehade H et al. Cutting edge: Hypoxia-Inducible Factor-1 negatively regulates Th1 function.

  • Brucer August 21, 2020 at 11:04 pm Reply

    Well documented. Thanks.

  • Deedee August 21, 2020 at 11:15 pm Reply

    Charged with a misdemeanor for not wearing a mask? Where are we? North Korea? We are treated like kids by authoritarian parents. Masks do not help but as adults we should be allowed to choose between wearing them or not.

  • BS August 23, 2020 at 9:47 pm Reply

    Can we say Nazi???

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