With only 3 weeks left before the opening day of classes Ohio University has once again announced masks will be required after all students have already made plans and accommodations to live in Athens.
It is no secret Ohio University always waits until it’s too late for most people to viably transfer or make changes to their plans. This is exactly why Ohio University kept it a secret that they actually brought back the mask mandate over a month ago:
So far Ohio University’s “prevention” methods have failed miserably. Maybe the 3rd year of required masking will be the charm and masks will magically start preventing spread? (they won’t)
OU has repeatedly repeated the lie that their mask requirements are “Based on CDC and Prevention COVID-19 Community Levels”
Any competent person can go to the CDC’s Community level page and clearly see the CDC says “At all levels, people can wear a mask based on personal preference, informed by personal level of risk. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.“
It is truly hard to imagine how some people can think masks will prevent another spike in cases when masks and required vaccinations failed to stop the biggest surge yet in the Spring semester.
If masks not stopping infections for over 2 years wasn’t enough, a new study published this month in Nature found “bacterial colonies in 99% of the samples on the face-side and 94% on the outer-side“. Bacteria cause many common infections such as pneumonia, wound infections, bloodstream infections (sepsis) and sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea, and have also been responsible for several major disease epidemics.
The study also “observed fungal colonies in 79% of the samples on the face-side and 95% on the outer-side” According to the CDC Fungi can cause many different types of illnesses, including: Asthma or allergies, Rashes or infections on the skin and nails, Lung infections (pneumonia), with symptoms similar to the flu or tuberculosis, Bloodstream infections, and even Meningitis which according to CNN has had “one of the worst outbreaks of meningococcal disease in US history” just this year.
Masks haven’t just FAILED to stop the spread of COVID-19 the also have a high chance of causing many other illnesses. OU even goes as far as to recommend re-wearing DISPOSABLE masks based on no evidence or science whatsoever. OU claims “most manufacturers will not clearly state” what the “wearable lifespan” of a DISPOSABLE mask is. Which is because they are DISPOSABLE and meant to be DISPOSED as soon as they are taken off. Nobody re-wears disposable gloves, before 2020 no one would ever re-wear a disposable mask. OU even recommends keeping used masks in a dark enclosed location like a bag… This is wear bacteria and fungi THRIVE.
Hypothetically if you were in charge of OU’s requirements and you wanted to increase the risk of illness on campus, you would require masks. The only way someone could recommend these requirements is if they were completely uninformed.
Read more about the risks and failures of masks mandates in our previous posts below:
We recommend actually following CDC guidance (unlike OU) and “wear a mask based on personal preference, informed by personal level of risk.” “At all levels“.
OU apparently can not do the basic work to educate themselves on the science behind masks but you can, and you can make your own decisions like the CDC recommends. OU relies on blind compliance to continue issues anti-science mandates, only a small percentage of the community has to not comply to set the example for others and be a role model.
Here is a list of over 150 additional studies that clearly show required masking is ineffective: https://brownstone.org/articles/more-than-150-comparative-studies-and-articles-on-mask-ineffectiveness-and-harms/