Health

Pastor Who Said He Was a ‘No-Masker’ Now in ICU with COVID-19

"Despite passage of a local mask mandate this summer, Van Noy said he was 'exercising his freedom' by not observing it. He told congregants he wasn’t suggesting they disobey laws, but said, 'In this case, we can peacefully and biblically resist, without violation of the Godly standards we submit ourselves to.'" - C. Leaders

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U.S. Data Shows Increase In Youth Drug Use And Addiction

"One of the disturbing findings was that some 699,000 youth aged 12-17 have an addiction to marijuana in 2019 – representing 187,000 new youth with a Cannabis Use Disorder in 2019 versus 2018. Overall, more than 4.8 million people aged 12 or older reported Marijuana Use Disorder in 2019, up from 4.4 million in 2018." - MCDaily

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A Look at Evidence for Mask Effectiveness vs. COVID-19

(Note: CDC does not recommend masks for children under age 2.)

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.

Types of Evidence

Evidence comes in many forms. Here I’ll look at these categories:

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Christian, Please Wear a Face Mask: Part 1

"'Wearing a mask is for smug liberals. Refusing to is for reckless Republicans.' If only things were that simple; if only we could laugh off the debate as hyperbolic virtue signaling from both sides. Most likely by the time you read this, though, we will have tragically raced past the 100,000 mark in this country’s fatality count." - John Ellis

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Wearing a mask is not giving into tyranny and fear

"What makes all of this even dumber is that all the federal government has done is recommend mask-wearing. Most of the places that require masks are private businesses. Admittedly, some are adhering to local public health guidelines, but so what? Why aren’t these rebels going shirtless and shoeless into restaurants to stick it to the man and his Maoist 'No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service' signs?" - The Dispatch

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