Twelve Days of Mask-Mess

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    The Twelve Days of Mask Mess: Day 12

    Shouldn't Cooper be sobered by this study's warnings about economic damage from lockdowns? Instead, the governor flat-out warned of returning to lockdowns in announcing the very order that cited this research.
    Jon Sanders, December 25, 2020
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    The Twelve Days of Mask Mess: Day 11

    Taking a study that starts by assuming a mask order in place cannot justify a mask order. Circular reasoning is no basis for an extreme emergency order. Also, a study that was retracted must never serve as the basis of an extreme emergency order.
    Jon Sanders, December 24, 2020
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    The Twelve Days of Mask Mess: Day 10

    A finding of no protection cannot be the basis of an extreme emergency order. Furthermore, changing the culture is no business of an extreme emergency order.
    Jon Sanders, December 23, 2020
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    The Twelve Days of Mask Mess: Day 9

    Regardless of how desirable a policymaker may view a particular action, a mathematical model's "theoretical results" with so much admitted "uncertainty" surrounding them that they should be "interpreted with caution" can never be sufficient for extreme emergency orders.
    Jon Sanders, December 22, 2020
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    The Twelve Days of Mask Mess: Day 8

    Regardless of whether the themes of 30 phone conversations in Winnebago County, Wisconsin, are forcibly applicable to the entire state of North Carolina, nothing in this study pertains to extreme emergency orders.
    Jon Sanders, December 21, 2020
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    The Twelve Days of Mask Mess: Day 7

    This study specifically cautions against some aspects of mask-wearing inherent in the extents of Cooper's orders.
    Jon Sanders, December 20, 2020
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    The Twelve Days of Mask Mess: Day 6

    Scientific controversy surrounds one study. A letter signed by 45 epidemiologists carried a formal request for retraction of the paper. They cited numerous methodological errors and "verifiably false" statements.
    Jon Sanders, December 19, 2020
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    The Twelve Days of Mask Mess: Day 5

    If anything, this study counsels against state mask mandates as unnecessary and indeed redundant. Rader et al. find "no significant change in mask uptake" from mask mandates. They recommend policymakers instead consider "innovative strategies for evaluating and increasing mask usage" voluntarily.
    Jon Sanders, December 18, 2020