Bari Weiss comes out on the cult of perma masking and says you should get vaccinated and live normally again

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Writer Bari Weiss has dismissed the ongoing obsession with wearing a mask among those fully vaccinated against COVID-19, saying it has become a way of displaying virtue with no apparent health benefits.

Weiss, former editor of the New York Times opinion section, shared her views on Sunday in a subscriber column on her influential Substack newsletter.

“There is no virtue in being permanently masked. It makes no sense to demand zero risk. If so, we would never jump in a pool or get into a car, ”she wrote.

“The message should be very simple: get vaccinated and start living a normal life again,” Weiss continued.

Writer Bari Weiss has rejected the ongoing obsession with wearing a mask among those fully vaccinated against COVID-19, saying it has become an empty way to show virtue

Writer Bari Weiss has rejected the ongoing obsession with wearing a mask among those fully vaccinated against COVID-19, saying it has become an empty way to show virtue

A woman in a mask walks her dog in Central Park on April 10, 2021 in New York City.  The CDC now says that outdoor masks are unnecessary for those who are fully vaccinated

A woman in a mask walks her dog in Central Park on April 10, 2021 in New York City. The CDC now says that outdoor masks are unnecessary for those who are fully vaccinated

Weiss, a conservative centrist, spectacularly quit the Times last summer, citing “constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views.”

Her independent newsletter has quickly become an influential source of information about the struggle for “awakened” excesses in Manhattan’s elite private schools.

In her latest column, she criticized both MSNBC presenter Joy Reid, who revealed she wears two masks while jogging after being fully vaccinated, and Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson, who urged viewers to “ call the police ” if she see children wearing masks outdoors. .

“No, you don’t have to wear a mask, let alone two, if you’re a vaccinated person outside of jogging,” Weiss wrote.

“And no, you absolutely shouldn’t call the police or child welfare services for parents who are still masking their children … Mind your own business,” she continued.

“Like almost everything in American life these days, it feels like we’re stuck between two deranged and morally confused options,” she wrote.

Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines to advise those who are fully vaccinated that masks are unnecessary in quiet outdoor settings.

Weiss also condemned President Joe Biden’s joint speech to Congress last week as a “ hygiene theater ” for the mandatory masks and elaborate social distancing protocols.

Weiss also last week condemned President Joe Biden's joint speech to Congress as a `` hygiene theater '' for the mandatory masks and elaborate social distancing protocols.

Weiss also last week condemned President Joe Biden’s joint speech to Congress as a “ hygiene theater ” for the mandatory masks and elaborate social distancing protocols.

Members of Congress sat far apart wearing masks for the speech, although all were eligible for the vaccine in December

Members of Congress sat far apart wearing masks for the speech, although all were eligible for the vaccine in December

“ If I can walk into Wilson’s Pharmacy in Pittsburgh without an appointment and get a chance five minutes later, and if the federal policy is that any American over the age of 16 can sign up to do the same, I have a hard time believing that was in the room for Joe Biden’s speech had not been vaccinated weeks ago, ”Weiss wrote.

“Still, we watched the spectacle of distance and masking and elbow-thrusting among the most powerful people in the country,” she continued.

Weiss is not the first to criticize the staging of Biden’s speech Washington Post columnist Leana S. Wen said last week that the president “missed his greatest opportunity to ease hesitation about vaccines.”

“If I didn’t know better, I would have thought it was six months ago, before Americans had access to safe, highly effective vaccines,” Wen wrote.

Imagine if Wednesday’s joint session required all attendees to be fully vaccinated. Those who had not been vaccinated were not welcome. But those who entered could walk into the room, take off their masks, sit next to each other and listen to a presidential speech – just like in 2019, ” she continued.

In her column, Weiss also argued that those who enjoyed the “ virtue ” of lockdown and took pleasure in berating others for going to the beach had now embraced post-vaccination masking as a method of showing their moral superiority.

“Masks, like shopping at Whole Foods or eating at Chick-fil-A, have become a totem in the culture war,” Weiss wrote. “There is no virtue in perma masking.”

A person wearing a mask rides an electric scooter in the rain in Central Park on March 31, 2021

A person wearing a mask rides an electric scooter in the rain in Central Park on March 31, 2021

The writer urged her readers to “suck it up and follow the rules” when visiting shops or restaurants.

‘There is no reason why the Italian restaurant we love around the corner still insists that we open the menu via QR code,’ she wrote.

‘But you know what? It’s just not worth going into. It’s a good bet that anyone with a job in the services industry has had a really tough year. Even if they’re weird, stick to the rules, be polite and always tip at least 20 percent, ” Weiss wrote.

Weiss pleaded with her readers to get vaccinated, saying that the chance of a serious side effect on approved vaccines is less than if they were struck by lightning strikes.

“We have the incredible privilege of being given the opportunity to get vaccinated against this disease,” she wrote.

I repeat: get vaccinated. And if you like, take a moment to thank God or the miracle of modern medicine for having the choice. ‘

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