April 17, 2024

IATF Recommends Ending Mandatory Masking Outdoors


The Philippines’ Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has recommended the voluntary wearing of masks outdoors. The report on this was written by Daphne Galvez and published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer last September 7, 2022.

Department of Health Officer-In-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said that President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has given verbal approval for IATF’s recommendation.

Editor’s Note: Remember the uproar against Gov. Gwen Garcia’s optional mask policy in Cebu? [Read Face Masks Outdoors No Longer Required In Cebu Province, Do LGUs Have The Authority To Lift Mask Mandates?]?

When Garcia signed the executive order rationalizing the use of face masks in Cebu Province, there was already a mountain of evidence showing that masks are useless and dangerous [read Meta-study shows that masks are dangerous, Study: Immunocompromised People Should Avoid Repeated Masking, Study finds carbon dioxide levels rises beyond acceptable safety levels in masked children, Plastics Used in Face Masks Found in Patients’ Lungs, Study shows 90% of particles can pass through cloth masks making them useless for preventing COVID transmission, Finland study shows vaccines, universal masking, useless against Delta variant, German Neurologist: Oxygen deprivation due to face masks cause permanent neurological damage. Read more at Mandatory Masking].

There is no reason to rejoice in the IATF’s change of heart. The government should stop making piecemeal policies, and scrap mandatory masking for ALL venues. That is what true science tells us should be done. [Also read Should children be wearing masks?].

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