Despite Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s plea to mask up, when the state legislature comes back this week the Republicans in the house may ignore her plea. We keep hearing a lot of pushback on wearing face covering by some people, but does it really help? Fox News reports,

"We've learned more due to research and additional scientific evidence and now we know [that] not only wearing a mask prevents the person wearing the mask to transmit to others, but wearing the mask protects the person who's wearing it," said Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. So, the wearer of the mask, even the standard rectangular surgical masks will decrease the risk of infection by the person wearing the mask by about 65 percent.

Wearing a mask is the best way to stop the spread of the virus. The last time our Michigan house was in session most democrats wore masks, only about 5 republicans wore them. The House Republican speaker Lee Chatfield says when he is out in public, he always wears a mask.

“The masks are not going to save anyone,” claims Rep. Beau LaFave. “The masks aren’t going to save anybody. It doesn’t make much sense.”

The conservative Upper Peninsula Republican believes, at his age of 28, “I’m less likely to die if I get COVID-19 than the flu. I can get this virus and I’ll be OK.” Social distancing and staying outdoors, are helpful for staying clear of the small particles that spread while you talk, because there is more airflow, when inside it is the face covering that stop those small particles. You will find many businesses now not allowing customers in without a face covering. As the Governors order says, mask up in public, social distance and wash your hands often.

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