Letter to the Oregon Health Authority

On the Proposed Adoption of a Rule Requiring Masks to Be Worn in Indoor Spaces in Oregon (OAR 333-019-1025)

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.”

—Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds (paperbackKindleaudiobook)

I am writing regarding the proposed permanent rule requiring indoor masks:

  • Adoption of a rule requiring masks to be worn in indoor spaces in Oregon (OAR 333-019-1025)

At a time when the rest of the world’s nations are slowly recovering their senses, one by one, Oregon appears to be attempting to prove Einstein’s apocryphal quote about insanity:

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

In this letter, I will prove that masks:

  • do not prevent the spread of COVID
  • may cause physical health problems
  • may inflict psychological harm
  • pose a special threat to children and teens

I could share a bunch of peer-reviewed studies demonstrating that masks are not only ineffective at preventing the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 but also pose threats to both physical and mental health (and don’t worry, I will), but before we go there, how about we take a look at this sobering graph:

That is the 2020 vs. 2021 all-cause excess mortality for Oregon. The green line represents 2020 excess deaths, and the blue line is 2021 excess deaths. Notice anything?

In 2020, there was a 3.9% increase (1,541) in deaths over the anticipated number.

That percentage jumped to 16.1% in 2021—in other words, there were 6,346 excess deaths over the expected number.

Hmm, something big changed in 2021. What was that, I wonder.… I’ll bet a lot of people could figure it out if this Upton Sinclair quote didn’t apply:

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”1

Oh well, no matter, that’s not the topic we’re discussing today. But if you are curious—and you care about saving lives—you will click this link to discover why.

Setting that variable aside, would you agree that the pandemic response policies were pretty much the same from 2020 to 2021? Masking, periodic lockdowns, social distancing, the whole shebang, right?

So if that’s the case, why did the deaths increase—and not just by a little bit, but by a substantial margin?

Does it look to you like those policies worked? Be honest. Don’t think like a bureaucrat following orders; think like a human being with your own rational mind. You are capable of assessing data and coming to logical conclusions independently. It’s time for you to exercise that ability.

Now that you’re in critical thinking mode, let’s dive into the science.

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