Curiosity might kill cats but it’s a really good thing in humans. We could all use more of it. I offer the following to the masks-vs-COVID curious. My view on both mask use and hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) use—along with most other COVID-related questions—has been that being dogmatic isn’t appropriate either way.
That said, my overall impression of the evidence continues to be that masks are very likely somewhat helpful and HCQ very likely isn’t. This post focuses on masks.
Evidence comes in many forms. Here I’ll look at these categories:
Grace Community Church, where John MacArthur serves, has released a statement announcing its intent to defy California’s latest rollback of church gatherings due to concerns of a resurgent COVID-19.
The statement is a disaster.
If MacArthur wishes to defy the California government, he needs to do better than this. Here are some relevant excerpts:
"The problem Etzioni says, isn’t the modeling team—which she believes is doing it’s best to 'deliver results that match the data and produce ever-more-complex predictions about the future.' Rather, it’s the way the information is communicated. Including 'acknowledging your model’s limitations and uncertainties.' Which she says 'is never front and center in the IHME’s updates.'" - The Bulwark
Dan Wallace's father passed away from COVID-19: "I’m so grateful to be Beecher Wallace’s son. And I look forward to seeing my earthly father once again."
"Church history is intertwined with plagues. Read about what healthcare looked like during the Roman Empire, how Christian communities responded to outbreaks like the Black Death by persecuting Jews, and how the modern church approached the AIDS crisis." - CT