Paul Van Noy, an Idaho Pastor who called himself a “no-masker” has been hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit with complications from Covid19.
Van Noy had this to say in a Facebook post in July:
It has been clearly and scientifically proven that many masks do not aid in the prevention of Covid-19 transmission. Furthermore, the wearing of masks seems to provide most people an increased handling of the masks being worn—resulting in fingers and hands being the placed on the face which is a known taboo when trying to avoid the transmission of a virus or bacteria. Last time I checked, fingers, faces, and food are the leading causes of virus and bacteria transmission. Moreover, if masks are worn and capture infectious agents then they must be disposed of in hazardous waste receptacles in order to isolate the virus, etc. If we simply lay them on tables, desks, etc., dangle them from our ears, handle them again and again, and replace them over our faces without replacing the disposable style after each use and/or without thoroughly washing the reusable—and indeed washing our hands, we are scarcely minimizing the risk of spreading the virus.
I have on credible authority been told that the case reporting for Kootenai County is fairly accurate but that the death reports, hospitalizations, ICU and ventilator recipient numbers are either poorly communicated or moderately undefined leading to misunderstandings. At this time there are no persons on ventilators in the ICU and only 10 moderate cases in the hospital.
It is true that Covid-19 cases are in escalation here in our community and that the virus is real. However, the panic to “stop the world” or mandate public compliance with less that free exercise is causing untold problems and pushback that will not be helpful.
I have said here at Candlelight, “If a person wants to wear a mask they should be allowed to do so. However, if they don’t, that’s ok too.”
It is reported that other congregants have also been diagnosed with Covid 19 and have recovered. Van Noy has spent two weeks in the hospital.