A demonstrator holds a placard with a face mask stating “THE NEW SYMBOL OF TYRANNY MUZZLE” rallying outside the Pennsylvania Capitol Building to protest the continued closure of businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic on May 15, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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Anti-maskers say the face coverings infringe on their rights and are physically dangerous.
Some say they’ve found literal loopholes to mask-wearing requirements by wearing ineffective mesh masks or purposefully wearing them correctly.
Masks have been shown to reduce the risk of contracting the coronavirus by 65%.
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The advice is straightforward and evidence-based: Wear a mask in public if you can’t social distance in order to protect both yourself and fellow citizens from the novel coronavirus.
But anti-maskers aren’t buying it. Many say that mandates to wear face coverings infringe on their rights, others say they have medical conditions that make mask-wearing dangerous (which experts dispute), and some spread false notions like that the strips of fabric severely limit oxygen intake.