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Shamers lose it when Ted Cruz is ‘captured’ on a commercial flight drinking coffee with no mask

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A marketing and compliance official with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee snapped pics of Sen. Ted Cruz during a commercial flight Sunday in which the Texas Republican was seen not wearing a mask.

“Captured today at 10:45am — @TedCruz on a commercial flight, refusing to wear a mask,” said a post from Hosseh Enad on Twitter which included a photo of Cruz reading a paper and holding a cup of coffee.

The angle of the photo suggests Enad was attempting to be discreet.

Later, the DCCC marketer posted a graphic showing American Airlines’ policy regarding masks. The airline, like other U.S. domestic carriers, requires passengers wear a mask to ostensibly reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“For those asking, this was on an @AmericanAir flight — their policy clearly states that masks should be worn on the flight,’ Enad wrote.

“Keep in mind, a face covering can be a mask or any secured cloth like a scarf or bandana that covers your whole nose and mouth,” the airline’s guidance states.

In a third tweet, Enad wrote, “For those trying to argue that he was drinking, it’s not hard to have a mask on and undo one side to take a sip then put it back on. Most people take their time drinking coffee. Also, here’s a photo of him sitting outside the gate.”

None of the photos show whether Cruz has a mask with him at all, as the airline recommends. And it’s also not clear if he received prior permission from the airline to be exempted from wearing a mask.

Also, the airline’s guidance says masks can be off while eating or drinking, adding they should be put back on when the passenger is finished. It does not say that passengers would “undo one side and take a sip and then put it back on,” as Enad wrote.

The reaction to the tweets was a mixture of outrage and disbelief.

Interestingly, in a video posted to Twitter, someone identified as an Argentinian firefighter used spray aerosol deodorant to demonstrate how masks are ineffective in containing sneezes.

https://twitter.com/FollowQanon/status/1282062304121675782

In the video, the only facial covering that effectively stops droplets from sneezes are N95 masks.

The video appears to be an Australian media report which cited health experts who noted that unless people are sporting an N95 mask, they shouldn’t be wearing one at all — advice that is in line with World Health Organization recommendations.

“To wear them as a perfectly fit and healthy person in the street is not going to provide you with any greater level of protection,” one unidentified official is quoted as saying.

The report goes on to note that unless homemade facial coverings are properly disinfected regularly and cleaned, they can actually be dangerous. Also, the undated report says that N95 masks should be reserved for healthcare workers.

Other experts have made similar claims about the ineffectiveness of masks to protect against coronavirus.

One of them is Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top immunologist.

In March during an interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes” — though it was later revealed he was sandbagging the issue to ensure healthcare providers had enough personal protective equipment as coronavirus was surging — Fauci made some of the same claims about mask-wearing several other experts have made.

“When you’re in the middle of an outbreak might make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a droplet,” he explained. “But it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is.

“And often, there are unintended consequences,” he continued. “People keep fiddling with the mask and they keep touching their face. … But when you think masks, you should think of healthcare providers needing them and people who are ill.”

Jon Dougherty

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