Buck Sexton, the host of “The Buck Sexton Show,” said Tuesday that cities across the U.S. have seen a historic surge in coronavirus cases despite nearly universal mask mandates in large cities.
“Does anyone have a real explination of how it’s possible mask compliance is the most widespread it has been all year, but we now have more cases than we did in March after months of viral spread with *no masking at all*?” Sexton tweeted. “Please answer before Twitter bans me for asking.”
Health officials and politicians have presented facial coverings and social distancing as two steps Americans can take to put the coronavirus behind us and mask mandates have been backed by nearly every country. The act of questioning these mask mandates can have serious repercussions. Dr. Steven LaTulippe had his medical license suspended last week after he spoke out against mask-wearing, and said his own staff does not follow guidelines set by the Oregon Medical Board.
“I and my staff, none of us, not once, worse a mask in my clinic,” he told attendees at a “Stop the Steal” rally. “I petition all of you, take off the mask of shame.”
Sexton has said that the media is doing its best to fuel the public’s fear of the coronavirus. He said if the data proved that mask wearing virutally eliminates the risk of contracting the virus, that would be a different debate.
There was a recent letter to the editor in the Tampa Bay Times in response to Florida confirming its one-millionth COVID-19 case. He wrote that the number needed to be put into perspective and pointed out that it means 95% of the state have not tested positive after 10 months and 99.9% of Floridians have not died from the virus.
“While we would all prefer no deaths and no infections, the current surge in infections in states like California that have had statewide mask mandates and endured significant lockdowns shows that it is not possible. So maybe Florida’s approach to managing the virus by protecting the vulnerable while preserving the economy is not as bad as you think,” the letter read.