June 23, 2020

States continue reopening at their own individual paces as the COVID-19 pandemic does not seem to be going away. At least 25 states experienced increases in COVID-19 infections this past week, according to data compiled by the New York Times. A Reuters analysis found that COVID-19 infections increased by 25% for the entire United States during the week ending June 21.

Arizona had 3,591 new COVID-19 cases on June 23, a daily record for the state. At least 2,000 people were hospitalized due to coronavirus complications. AZCentral reported that 83% of inpatient beds and 84% of intensive care beds were in use, causing shortage concerns. Governor Doug Ducey said he is concerned about the spike in cases and hospital admissions. But he did not issue statewide mandates requiring everyone outdoors to wear masks. Ducey said individual counties and cities can make their own decisions.

Texas is another troubled spot. It reported 5,489 new cases on June 22, a single-day record for the state. Dr. Peter Hotez of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor University, tweeted that the situation in Texas is “terrifying” and that the state is facing a public health crisis due to mass hospitalizations. Governor Greg Abbott told the Texas Tribune that government cannot require people to wear masks, thus no statewide mandate from his office. He said the onus is on individual businesses to require masks for patronage.

California is another state that experienced its largest one day increase in new COVID-19 cases – 6,000-plus on June 21. More than 2,000 of those cases were in Los Angeles County. Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide mask mandate on June 18, prompting mixed reactions from local jurisdictions. Five sheriff’s offices across the state said they will not enforce the mandate. Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes told KTLA Channel 5 that it is an individual responsibility to wear face coverings, not law enforcement’s responsibility to enforce it.

Facial coverings and masks are a hot-button issue across states and social circles.

What men are saying about masks

Former Major League Baseball player Aubrey Huff was trending on social media last week after he tweeted “Let’s stop this bullshit.” He was referring to his declaration to never wear masks inside a business because it’s unconstitutional. Dr. Anthony Fauci, a trusted voice by many Americans, said as recently as March that masks are not necessary.

He has since changed his tune. Sadly, the subject of masks is a political issue versus one that is looked at objectively.

Dr. Julia Marcus of Harvard University took this opportunity to bash masculinity and equate it with stupidity. Marcus, in an article she wrote for the Atlantic, used every single buzzword imaginable (“macho men,” “toxic masculinity,” etc.) to attack men who were reluctant to wear masks. Marcus failed to mention numerous reports of black men being profiled by police for wearing masks, aka “doing the right thing.” She also left out the story of Calvin Munerlyn. The 43-year-old security guard was shot and killed simply for telling someone to wear a mask in a Flint, Mich. Dollar store.

Masks are not a political issue, as the two sides of America want it to be. It’s a fundamental, forced infringement on freedom and liberty that many Americans are not willing to obey.

Alpha men and masks

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