Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) criticized the use of face masks, social distancing, and other measures taken to combat the CCP Virus (COVID-19). His voice joins others who point out that containment policies are not effective against the pandemic.
In an interview on Newsmax, Paul pointed to Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force who has also been criticized by President Donald Trump himself.
“He’s going to keep us masked until the end of time,” Paul said in a dialogue with reporters Heather Childers and Bob Sellers on Thursday, Nov. 19.
“The incidence of COVID-positive individuals has gone through the roof… The masks aren’t working, social distancing’s not working. What is my proof? The numbers. The numbers are going through the roof,” explained Paul.
He added, “So all these mask mandates have had no effect on it. The incidence of the virus has gotten worse since we’ve done lockdowns. We should not comfort ourselves with masks.”
Paul’s comments come amid a growing wave of criticism of the more extreme measures taken against the CCP Virus by Democratic governors.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Democratic governors—like Kate Brown of Oregon—imposed a mandatory in-home face mask and banned meetings of more than six people by threatening arrests and fines if those rules are not followed.
“I think a lot of the guidelines you’re seeing are Orwellian, the American people know how to protect their health. We dealt with COVID for many months,” said White House press secretary Kaleigh McEnany.
While restrictions vary from county to county based on the number of infections each has, California will impose a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew on all “nonessential” businesses beginning Friday, Nov. 20. Outdoor restaurant capacity will be reduced to 50% and for other businesses 25% will be the limit.
“That’s not the American way,” McEnany stressed. “We don’t lose our freedom in this country. We make responsible health decisions as individuals.”
More than eight months after dealing with the disease, and according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the disease is known to be dangerous for people over 65 and with pre-existing conditions. For healthy people under 65, the disease has the same effects as the common flu.
The Michigan Hotel and Restaurant Association, on Monday, also sued the Department of Health and Human Services for new industry restrictions that virtually prevent them from working.
Dr. Scott Atlas, medical adviser to Trump’s CCP Virus team, a staunch opponent of the quarantine measures, expressed concern about the increase in mental health problems among children and youth, which overall increased by 30 percent compared to 2019.
“I don’t want to see the figure that one in four Americans, college students, age 18-24, thought of killing themselves in June because of the lockdown,” Atlas said.
The sheriff of Fresno, California, Margaret Mims, declared that she will not penalize residents who do not follow the curfew.
“We’ve got a lot of things to do, including taking guns away from gang members, stopping narcotic trafficking, and saving children from internet predators,” Mims said. “We’re not gonna make criminals of normally law-abiding citizens,” she said, explaining that the department will not set up any checkpoints or stop people from checking their reason for being out after curfew.
She added, “I haven’t seen any data, for instance, that shows that between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., that things happen that cause a big spread of COVID.”
Other law enforcement agencies plan to take a similar nonintervention approach to curfew.
According to Fox News, Merced County Deputy Sheriffs, Madera Police, Visalia Police, and Kings County deputies, among others, plan to continue their regular activities rather than refocus on curfew.
“We’re not going to enforce any of those orders,” said Kings County Sheriff’s Commander David Dodd, according to KMJ Now.
“The Kings County Board of Supervisors has asked us to take an educational approach. We’re going to refer people to the written guidelines to prevent the spread,” he summarized.