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Skillicorn: To Wear A Mask or Not?



(20) Rep. Skillicorn.By State Rep. Allen Skillicorn - 

How does one decide what to do when the science and data are not conclusive? Take mask wearing. In the early part of this pandemic, Dr. Fauci of the NIH, told CBS 60 minutes on March 8, "There's no reason to be walking around with a mask." One month later, the CDC recommended it. Interestingly though the studies they offer on their website, discuss corona virus asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic symptoms, not ones regarding the use and effectiveness of masks.

While experts across the country appear undecided, Governor Pritzker has made it mandatory. According to the State Coronavirus Face Coverings FAQ: “Executive Order 2020-32 requires that any person over the age of two wear a face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. Face-coverings are also required in public indoor spaces such as stores. Exceptions may be made for individuals with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face-covering.”

Like so much of the “science and data” during this pandemic, the goal line moves frequently. Initially the goal for the draconian Stay-At-Home order was to flatten the curve so we did not overwhelm our healthcare facilities. When we never did, the goal line moved to reducing overall spread and a five-phase plan releasing us from the Governor’s grip only when a vaccine or treatment is readily available. How long will that be? Your guess is as good as mine.

Like you, I want Illinois to re-open safely, which by all the numbers we have been doing, however far too slowly. Wirepoints illuminates that Illinois’ hospitalized patients peaked between April 15 and April 18. A full two weeks before Pritzker’s facemask order went into effect. While the Governor recently claimed, “I think what really turned the corner in Illinois was the use of masking everywhere,” the data suggests otherwise.

My opinion? Wearing a mask, like reopening, should be a personal choice.






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  1. I don’t see how Fat Boy Pritzker has the authority to push an unconstitutional mandate on the citizens of this state.
    Also, I believe it is the purpose (and the purpose of the national Democrat Party) to keep “Stage 5” off the table until after the November 3rd elections.
    The “Covid epidemic” will cease to exist after that date, because:
    If the Democrats defeat Trump, it will have served it’s purpose.
    If Trump wins, the Democrats will drop it, and move on to the next manufactured “crisis” and accompanying LIES.

  2. These executive orders are strategically organized to see how far they can push the general public before there are uprisings. What upsets a politician in power the most is that the people have free will and ignore their orders. They are like petulant children looking for argument to get their way.