In the county I work for, the head of the health department today sent an email to all county employees stating that due to the local increase in COVID-19 cases, the health department’s website was going to start displaying our county’s statistics again. He wanted to make people aware that resistance to vaccination and the delta variant were big factors in the recent increase in cases. He mentioned that there was going to be no return to state mask mandates, so the politics of mask mandates no longer needed to be an issue, but he gave the medical advice that if you have not been vaccinated, you should still wear a mask in public indoor settings. One of the judges fired a response right back, using the “Reply All” so every county employee received it, wanting “scientific” evidence that masks are effective.
My thinking was “Geez, if he hasn’t been convinced yet that masks have any effect, he isn’t going to be convinced now. He’s trying to bully the health department because he has clout and can get away with it. Being a judge does not make him a medical expert.”
The health department head didn’t back down. He replied with a list of scientific studies regarding mask effectiveness. Good for him!