(Right Country) – While much of the Western world is imposing questionably legal mask mandates on their citizens amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, two Northern European countries are going against the grain.
What is the socialist left going to do about two of their favorite “socialist” countries challenging one of their favorite talking points for 2020?
The Netherlands, Summit News reports, has decided not to mandate the masks in public on the basis that there is no scientific evidence of their efficacy in preventing the spread of the novel virus.
“From a medical perspective there is no proven effectiveness of masks, the Cabinet has decided that there will be no national obligation for wearing non-medical masks” announced Netherlands Minister for Medical Care Tamara van Ark.
The nation’s National Institute for Health (RIVM) said it was aware that studies in other countries claim to demonstrate that masks can stop the spread of the Chinese virus, but is not heeding said studies.
RIVM chief Jaap van Dissel even warned that masks could actually increase risk of spreading the coronavirus as wearing them incorrectly could give a “false sense of security” as wearers would be less inclined to social distance.
“So we think that if you’re going to use masks (in a public setting) … then you must give good training for it,” he said.
Summit News notes that:
Within the past week in the Netherlands, around 1400 new COVID-19 cases were reported, which equates to 342 more than the week before.
The case appears to be similar in Sweden, where senior epidemiologist Anders Tegnell flat-out declared that there is “no point” in wearing masks in public.
“We see no point in wearing a face mask in Sweden, not even on public transport,” Tegnell said.
Summit News notes:
Sweden, which has not even instituted a lock down at any time, appears to be seeing a downward trend in cases.
At the beginning of this week, Sweden announced just 398 new cases, down from 767 the week before and 2,530 one month ago.
“The curves go down, and the curves over the seriously ill begin to be very close to zero. As a whole, it is very positive,” Tegnell also said.