The Evolution of the Mask throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic

If you're confused by everything the "experts" have told us about the Coronavirus and how to protect ourselves and our families from it, you're not alone. And you're not the idiot they portray you to be either. In fact, if you're paying attention, you should have questions about what they're telling you. Just consider the evolution of their position on wearing a mask. 

Mask guidelines and recommendations have changed dramatically throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. And explanations for these changes range from non-existent to illogical to downright problematic. I'm open to the idea that masks work, but I also want someone to acknowledge that mask recommendations have been all over the place, and they need to account for these changes. Just treat me like an adult with a brain.

To get an idea of what I'm talking about, take a look at this month-by-month overview of what officials have told us in regards to wearing a mask to prevent transmitting Coronavirus. Lots of holes and unanswered questions for sure. 

February 2020: The US Surgeon General says masks are NOT effective in preventing the general public from catching Coronavirus.

March 2020: The CDC and World Health Organization says the general public should not wear masks.

April 2020: The WHO states that if you are healthy you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected Coronavirus infection.

May 2020: Dr. Fauci says he wears a mask in public as a "symbol" of good behavior.

June 2020: The CDC and WHO recommend the general public wear cloth masks.

July 2020: The CDC claims cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons to slow and stop the spread of Coronavirus.

August 2020: Dr. Fauci suggests wearing goggles or an eye shield in addition to a mask, to protect yourself from Coronavirus.

As you can see, the messaging on the overall effectiveness of masks has been wildly inconsistent throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials have gone from telling Americans to refrain from using a mask, to recommending that we wear matching eye goggles with our masks as extra precaution. What are we supposed to believe? And why has the mask gone from ineffective to mandatory in a few short months? 

I'm open to the possibility that masks work, but the science doesn't support it. It just doesn't. 

How on earth did we go from a nation that believed in the principle of the "consent of the governed" to a nation that believes our government has absolute authority over our lives?