Face Masks are Essential—Klickitat County Emergency Management & Public Health


As we begin the phased-in approach to reopening our county, we can all be a part of the solution that keeps it open. 

The upcoming weeks and months are only going to be successful if we are unified in the efforts to stop the spread.The question that remains unknown is the effects that will come from reopening our county.
The models all suggest that the virus will again increase in our population and ultimately take more lives from us especially within the most vulnerable populations. In order to safely participate in the activities that we all enjoy, we can each make changes that will reduce the risks to ourselves and others.

One of those changes is wearing a face mask.

Researchers around the world have been conducting studies and creating models that show what kind of impact wearing masks could ultimately have in our society. Researchers at the University of Cambridge report that their models show a significant impact on the spread of COVID-19 if 80% of the population were to wear masks while in public compared to a minimal impact if only 50% were to wear a mask in public.

In the United States wearing a mask previous to COVID-19 seemed highly stigmatized. However this pandemic has created a whole different view on how susceptible to a new disease we really are. 

Wearing a mask has shown to be the most effective when worn by an infected person and minimally effective at protecting the non-infected. The difficulties with only asking the infected to wear a mask is that this virus has shown to be asymptomatic for some as well as being contagious before symptoms do appear for others. 

Wearing a mask is not a perfect solution which is why wearing a mask by itself will not eliminate the disease. Practicing proper hygiene methods and maintaining physical distance is still crucial to the solution. However wearing a mask while in public will help and it is something simple that we can all do that will allow us to be a part of the solution for getting and keeping our county open and all of us as safe and healthy as possible.

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  1. This is not just bad information, it’s actually been officially described as “dangerous misinformation” by the global medical science community, and has been banned by many news outlets already. It is now known that wearing a mask is not just detrimental to the wearer’s long-term health, but also is preventing crucial immunity to ALL viruses. It hurts the entire population to wear a mask, the wearer included. Additionally, the masks DO NOT prevent viruses from passing through, rather, they trap them and concentrate them, meaning masks are dangerously infected materials and should NEVER be taken out in public, especially en masse. For anyone to force or even ask anyone who isn’t sick to wear a mask, is not just badly incorrect, but dangerously so. They want to prevent and inhibit all immunity to all viruses and bacteria and thereby create a worse health crisis than the one they’ve already created. DO NOT WEAR A MASK UNLESS YOU ARE SICK AND MUST BREAK QUARANTINE!!!! And again, here we have local news outlets merely saying what they’re told to say regardless if it’s already been dismissed by the global medical community as dangerous misinformation. Only those who want this pain of lockdown to continue support the wearing of masks. Everyone else just wants to be healthy and happy and live life unfettered by the imposition of baseless damaging edicts by unelected employees of the State that are then repeated ad nauseum buy their lapdog media to reinforce the propaganda.

    For shame, as always gorgenewscenter, you’re clearly not on OUR side here because you know if you violate the narrative they’ll shut you down faster than youtube is censoring our voices of reason and fact. Grow a spine, get some ethics, and act out of bravery, not fear. Otherwise, WE’LL have to shut you down and replace you with a station that actually tell the truth and doesn’t serve the government and the corporations first, and us last.

  2. This is insane. The U.S. Surgeon General, and Dr. Fauci, have explicitly and specifically told people to NOT wear masks. DO NOT listen to Klickitat County Emergency Management & Public Health. They are merely offering an uniformed, blind opinion, based on nothing but supposition and their own habits. DO NOT WEAR A MASK!!!

  3. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: “We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity — for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing — even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.”

    “Americans should wear face masks as a way to help stifle the spread of COVID-19, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s top doctors leading the public health fight against the coronavirus pandemic — a departure from previous government guidance to only wear a mask if you were caring for someone with the illness or had it yourself.

    “If everybody does that, we’re each protecting each other,” Fauci said in an interview with PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff. His comments came shortly before President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force shared national recommendations for people to wear non-medical face masks. The task force did not recommend the use of surgical or medical grade face masks, which are in short supply for hospitals and front line health care workers.”

    However, I’m all in for the dim-witted libertarian and moronic lunatic fringe position. Keep watching “it’s no worse than the flu” Fox News and listening to Rush Windbaugh and hopefully you and yours will be getting a Darwin Award soon. Please put on a bracelet or tatoo showing your opposition to wearing a face mask. When you call 911 after becoming symptomatic we’ll be sure to get you a Clorox injection and shove a UV flashlight up your rear end. You don’t deserve a mask, let alone any expensive medical care.

    In the meantime be assured you’re helping to “thin the herd” of idiots and conserve face masks for those who are wiser and deserve to survive. A big “thank you” from the overworked and stressed out health care providers who would just as soon see your obituary than have to treat you. We promise a quick burial with a MAGA hat prominently displayed on your tombstone.

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