It appears Guilford County will impose a mask mandate of some kind in the near future.
Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan noted, because of the data currently available about the efficacy of masks, that there was some question about what a new mask mandate would entail.
In the meeting that Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston had with the mayors of the towns and cities in the county on Monday, Jan. 3, Vaughan said, “There was some conversation about double masking.”
Vaughan noted that the original ordinance the City of Greensboro invoked was for a “face covering.” She added, “Now they are saying it really needs to be an N95 or a KN95 and I don’t have one of those.”
The City of Greensboro masks that most members of the City Council and city employees wear at City Council meetings are single-ply cloth masks, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website are not recommended. The CDC website recommends at least double cloth masks.
Vaughan said, “Obviously, I don’t know that we can require that people wear the N95 because I don’t know of their availability and their cost. But the county could tweak it for double masking, I just don’t know.”
Actually, the CDC website recommends against people wearing N95 masks and states, “those should be prioritized for healthcare personnel.”
The CDC website also states, “Do NOT touch the mask when wearing it. If you have to touch/adjust your mask often, it doesn’t fit your properly, and you may need to find a different mask or make adjustments.”
According to the CDC, cloth masks should be washed “at least once a day. If you have a disposable face mask, throw it away after wearing it once. Always wash your hands after handling or touching a used mask.”
The CDC website also states that you should wear a mask that “Covers your nose and mouth and can be secured under your chin.”
Alston needs to learn science and stop fear mongering. Leaders provide leadership. Alston is failing as a leader. He should be mentioning the numerous studies showing masks aren’t effective at preventing the spread of covid, and also calming the public by talking about how mild omnicron cases are and that hardly anyone has died from the variant. Hospitals aren’t even being stressed by it. (in fact, cases have already peaked in South Africa).
But no. Instead, it’s all about fear and control.
It’s really sad watching humanity spiral into insanity while the news media and elected officials urge it on.
Great comments. It would be great to have you speak at the meeting on Thursday.
I thought this was a joke
Time for civil disobedience as it is apparent some of our elected leaders have clearly lost touch with reality
Come to the GCC meeting on Thursday 530pm and tell Skip to get real.
Have no fear, Dr. Alston is here!
Snake oil ..
You completely lost my attention when I spotted these phrases:
“Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan noted…”
“According to the CDC…”
I wouldn’t trust any of them with my neighbor’s dog. If this is implemented it will be two more masks than I will be wearing.
Make a mandate for all of us to double mask in this county and all my business will go to surrounding counties. No way I will be double masking. Can’t breathe in one mask! Let the individual decide for themselves!!!!!
Isn’t a used covid mask hazardous medical waste and requires being disposed of in a hazardous medical waste facility?
Exactly !! Hahahaha tell em anything , just don’t put it in my neighborhood. Now where do ya think they go….not biodegradable …UH
THE LANDFILL AND ON THE STREETS .
The beatings will continue until morale improves!
If Skip wears a couple,or even 3 or4, I think the rest of us will be OK.
This has gotten beyond ridiculous!
Skip, just go home. It’s time to resign.
If my mask gets a booger in it- do I still have to wear it?
Will someone please tell Skippy to have some common sense? It has been stated by infectious disease specialists that the effectiveness of masks to prevent the omicron variant is equal to using a chain link fence to keep out mosquitos!
I do not know if there is a politician that makes me more angry than Skip Alston. He is not a doctor. He is not a dictator (although he would like to be). The rest of the commissioners and their fake “Board of Health” need to grow a pair and stand up to him. How does it feel to be someone’s B county commissioners? We elected a board of commissioners, not a one person show. Guess what idiots? When you send everyone to get tested, who do not have symptoms, the numbers go up. Why doesn’t the government work on all of the obese fat asses that I see all over town so they won’t have to go to the hospital because they cannot breathe? They probably cannot get across a parking lot without breathing problems regardless of COVID.
No one on any level of government wants to admit that most people that get really sick or die has other issues and are generally unhealthy. Yes, there are outliers. But I guarantee you the majority are unhealthy, obese people who smoke and/or eat crap food every day. I see it in their carts at Walmart.
The village fool, mr. chairman. Sheeple
Skip would look better in a HEAD MASK like we used in the military to interrogate prisoners!
What a maroon! I am done with COVID -19 tyrants , I will not comply. I will not become a proxy for coercion and authoritarianism and force my employees to comply with a ridiculous, unscientific & unlawful mandate. I will not additionally set foot in any retail establishment or restaurant that does.
By what authority and what basis is this BS – double masking – grounded in science or good public policy? Does commissioner Alston read and have complete control of his cognition? The emperor clearly has no clothes’.
So first we were told masks were somewhat effective and a “help” to stop the spread. Okay. Then we were told just take the vaccine and you will be safe from infection and you can’t spread the virus. Hmmmm okay. Then we were told only the unvaxed are getting sick it’s all their fault. They are making everyone sick. Wait, what?!! Then they want everyone to go back to mask wearing regardless of your vaccine status. Hold up…. If I don’t wear a mask, then yours doesn’t work for you?? So if I choose to not get the experimental shot from a company who has a long history of lies and falsehoods and bribing doctors to use their products (Pfizer lawsuit 2009 just to name one) and I choose not to wear restrictive face coverings then I’m the problem?? I choose to believe that a mortality rate of 0.01% is less than the flu rate. I choose to believe that my natural immunity has served me well. Our government need to step back and seriously look at their motives for what their wanting. I would venture to say a power grab is in play. And we the people need to get out and vote in midterm elections! Think for yourselves while it’s still legal!
Had COVID in May, 2020. Got vaccinated in March/April 2021. Had an antibody test in August and the test showed that I had a large COVID antibody number. STILL GOT COVID AGAIN LAST WEEK!
I wore a mask when around people that I didn’t know, FOLLOWED CDC guidelines and still GOT COVID AGAIN. WHAT ARE THEY NOT TELLING US.
The level of ignorance being displayed by Guilford County leaders is NOT quantifiable using real numbers — this level of ignorance requires a whole ‘nother imaginary axis.