Sioux Falls City Councilman Greg Neitzert justified his vote against a mask mandate in Sioux Falls last night by saying there’s no evidence mask mandates effectively check the spread of coronavirus:
Councilor Greg Neitzert saw things differently.
“I see a mandate that is based on hope it will work without evidence that it works, and fear. I don’t want to live in a city where you call the police on someone for not wearing a mask,” said Neitzert [Kristin Hergert, “It’s SRO as Sioux Falls’ Proposed Mask Mandate Fails,” KELO Radio, 2020.11.11].
Good grief: didn’t the Surgeon General of the United States just say that mask mandates work? Didn’t the CDC just publish a report saying that Delaware’s mask mandate worked in conjunction with other simple public health interventions to reduce sickness, hospitalization, and death from coronavirus? Simon Fraser University posted a study in October showing mask mandates reduce coronavirus cases. In Kansas, where a majority of counties chose to ignore a statewide mask mandate, the counties that adopted the mandate saw new daily cases stay steady from July through October, while the anti-mask counties saw cases spike.
Sioux Falls Councilman Neitzert is lying as surely as Aberdeen Mayor Travis Schaunaman, who says “there’s compelling arguments on both sides” of the discussion of masks. False: there are no compelling scientific arguments against wearing masks to prevent coronavirus.
There is more science available supporting mask requirements as pandemic response than there is for almost any other issue that city councils debate. Yet because people like Greg Neitzert and Travis Schaunaman don’t want to change their habits to deal with the pandemic, they’re going to ignore science and let coronavirus continue to spread unchecked.