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Fionola Meredith

If you're going to declare face mask wearing mandatory, you need to make them free to all

Fionola Meredith


The push to cover up is as much about public anxiety as it is about public health, insists Fionola Meredith

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Official disagreement of the benefits — or otherwise — of wearing face masks in public is rife

Official disagreement of the benefits — or otherwise — of wearing face masks in public is rife

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Official disagreement of the benefits — or otherwise — of wearing face masks in public is rife

Please could politicians stop referring to "the science" which guides our understanding of coronavirus?

We all know that there is no such thing as a single, universally agreed scientific viewpoint on this new disease, never has been, and possibly never will be.

What we have instead - and, believe it or not, this is a good thing - is a broad range of opinions based on theoretical modelling (educated guesswork, which is of limited use) and the gradual emergence of verifiable medical evidence (which is much more informative and reliable).