After Russian Media Says Masks Ineffective, backing Trump, Putin Orders National Mask Mandate (oops?)

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This is perhaps one of the few things that might make President Donald Trump change his mind on a national mask mandate. Vladimir Putin on Tuesday made his most direct intervention yet to stave off a second wave of novel coronavirus infections by reintroducing a national mask mandate in Russia, The New York Times reports.

Masks will reportedly be mandatory in public places like public transport, parking garages, and anywhere where more than 50 people can gather. Since the end of Russia’s first nationwide lockdown, Putin has delegated pandemic measures to regional leaders, so the new mandate marks a change in his government’s thinking. It came as Russia recorded more than 16,000 new cases five days in a row.

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  1. Whoever said that the bioweapon COVID-19, which was first deployed against China last year was a one-shot deal? Isn’t it probable that new strains of it are being developed and deployed all the time? It was deployed in the USA not only to cover the biggest transfer of wealth to the 1% in human history, but to cull the herd of the elderly, the infirm, and the mask-eschewing too-stupid-to-live Trumpsters. So far, it’s doing a great job, but if the general population starts developing herd immunity then it’s back to the lab to come up with something better. As General Electric used to say, “Progress is our most important product.”