BWA HA HA!!! WI Wins Prize for Stupid!
WI Workers Must Mask When Working From Home!
Rima E. Laibow, MD
Medical Director Natural Solutions Foundation August 12, 2020
The following is a report from today’s edition of The Hill, a political update newsletter. It documents a new low in the political theater of masking and meaningless “protection” efforts. This, of course, is neither politics nor science, but is a toxic hybrid which I call “Political Science”.
I suppose that we have to be thankful that there is such an astonishing level of rampant stupidity since rational thought is much less effective at persuading people to finally identify idiocy in the public space than rolling peals of side-splitting laughter. And that is what this action by Wisconsin’s State Department of Natural Resources.
Joining the recent edict of the Governor or Virginia that students must mask during ON LINE CLASSES (!!!) a Wisconsin state agency has required employees to wear masks while teleconferencing from home, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
A July 31 email sent to employees by the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reportedly reminded them that Gov. Tony Evers’s (D)
mask mandate went into effect the next day.
Natural Resources Secretary Preston Cole said in the email that staff has to wear masks in DNR buildings and in virtual meetings, according to the Journal Sentinel.
“Also, wear your mask, even if you are home, to participate in a virtual meeting that involves being seen — such as on Zoom or another video-conferencing platform — by non-DNR staff,” Cole reportedly wrote. “Set the safety example which shows you as a DNR public service employee care about the safety and health of others.” [Emphasis added]
The governor’s mask order requires face coverings to be worn in indoor public spaces, and does not include residencies.
Health experts say people should wear masks in their homes if they are living with people who are susceptible to serious illness from the coronavirus. But otherwise, they say, there isn’t much need to.
DNR spokesperson Megan Sheridan told McClatchy that the department wanted its employees to set an example for others by displaying their masks.
“By wearing a mask while video conferencing with the general public, we visually remind folks that masking is an important part of navigating the business of natural resources during this tumultuous time,” Sheridan said.
She added that screenshots of virtual meetings could also be “taken out of context” and “could be misinterpreted to suggest that state employees are not properly following” the mandate.