Video: Mask or no mask? An unusual public health message in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic
Antimask advocates were out again today in various cities across Canada, including Vancouver, barking about their liberty.
But what's the value of their cherished freedom if their actions lead them to contract COVID-19 and they end up dead?
Physician and health-care consultant Dr. Kenneth Fung prepared a short, age-restricted YouTube video exploring this contradiction.
Fung is also a clinical professor in UBC's School of Population and Public Health.
Check it out below.
In 1775, American revolutionary Patrick Henry famously declared: "Give me liberty or give me death."
"In the current situation of global pandemic, people who exercise their 'liberty' not to wear face masks in public places will also be granted their rewards of both liberty and death," Fung explained to the Straight.
"In other words, it is not either liberty or death, it is both. As a UBC clinical professor in public and population health, it is very sad to see that certain people would equate obeying the order of wearing a face mask for public health reason, as a loss of liberty; without really thinking that, in their demise, they also lost their lives to enjoy liberty."