by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News
California Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health announced today that everyone in the State of California should wear a face mask when they leave their home.
The announcement was published by the Office of Public Affairs and states:
The California Department of Public Health today released updated PDF guidance that requires Californians to wear a face covering in high-risk settings. A growing body of scientific research has shown that people with no or few symptoms of COVID-19 can still spread the disease and that the use of face coverings, combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing, will reduce the spread of COVID-19.
“Science shows that face coverings and masks work,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “They are critical to keeping those who are around you safe, keeping businesses open and restarting our economy.”
So where is this “growing body of scientific research”?
I read the public statement and clicked on the link to the GUIDANCE FOR THE USE OF FACE COVERINGS to see which studies supported such a sweeping, dangerous action for public health.
There are none.
In fact, if we take the World Health Organization at their word on this subject, then Governor Newsom is lying to the residents of his state, because the WHO has stated:
The widespread use of masks by healthy people in the community setting is not yet supported by high quality or direct scientific evidence and there are potential benefits and harms to consider…the use of a mask alone is insufficient to provide an adequate level of protection. (Source.)