City Council: educating the community about masks rather then mandating it is the answer

COMMENTARY

MILT THOMAS

Image courtesy Plum Grove signs

Today after 2,200 cases in the county and 41 deaths, City Council has finally decided that rather than mandate face masks and upset half the population, they should do more to educate the public (meaning anti-maskers) about the importance of face masks. While that does not address the chasm of division between those who wear masks and those who refuse, it is probably the best we can currently hope for to stem the rise of infections and deaths.

But is education really possible? While we watch the so-called epicenter of coronavirus cases move from city to city and state to state, the true epicenter is really social media platforms.

Every fact published on Facebook by those who believe the scientific conclusions is immediately challenged by those who insist on promoting disproven and pseudo-scientific theories. This is like the Middle Ages dispute between those who agreed with the scientific position that earth revolves around the sun and those who believed the sun revolved around the earth. It took centuries to end that dispute.

Likewise, no amount of public service advertising will change the minds of those who disagree that a simple face mask will help prevent the virus, or that a malaria drug will cure it.

But having said that, if a public service campaign is all we can get right now, we should do it. For those who insist Hydroxychloroquine is the cure, the federal government has stockpiled 63 million doses so it shouldn’t be too difficult to grab a few.

 

 

4 comments

  1. Sure glad there is an election coming up and we can get three new people in the council that care about city residents. That means a new majority.

  2. They are CHICKEN, anyone with any sense would vote for mandate. Drive down Ocean Drive and see all the visitors who are walking around un
    masked.
    What vehicle do they plan on using to educate these potential spreaders?
    Tell them this town is not a play thing, and we expect them to protect us as we will protect them.
    It must be mandatory to be effective.

  3. Thomas Lynn…truly..these 5 took the oath of office to ‘ serve’? Serve whom? the one, joe graves, should have resigned in may as he stated he would..then they try to pawn responsibility off to the state, and finally, they suggest each do a psa ” unless one doesn’t want to”….oh, please, you weaklings…

  4. “…..educating the community about masks rather than mandating it…” is like educating the community about the rules of the road rather than mandating them. How successful would that be?
    Would that also apply to
    Driver’s licenses
    Insurance
    How about the drinking age?
    If all of these rules were just educational then we would be a true Wild West community. Is that what we want?

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