Derek Thompson+ Your Authors @DKThomp Writer at @TheAtlantic. Host of podcast CRAZY/GENIUS. Author of book HIT MAKERS. Talker on NPR's @hereandnow and @CBSNews. derek[at]theatlantic[dot]com Jun. 10, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

I will be forever stunned that the WHO, CDC, and Dr. Fauci all said masks were ineffective and unimportant in reducing the spread of a disease whose infectious droplets go inside your face.

Not to be a hindsight-biasy jerk, but we had already named the disease SARS.

We knew SARS-1 spread thru droplets "deposited [in] the mouth, nose or eyes."

How could a barrier over one's nose and mouth be an ineffective way of keeping things out of one's nose and mouth?

This is a fair point. It is, of course, good to learn from history, change your mind, and apologize.

But East Asian countries where mask use has been mainstreamed had already learned from history. Why didn't we learn from those who had learned?

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