Who Was That Unmasked Man?

On someone else's freedom and your ability to live, work and otherwise contribute.

Twitter declined to run the comic below as an advertisement, stating that the piece violates “Twitter Ads policy: Sensitive Events.” Please read the comic and all that follows, and please let me know your thoughts. I’m sincere in this — Did I cross a line? — and hope you will be sincere, too. I added some thoughts at the end, as well. Thank you for taking the time. Brian


With X representing the first day of going into shared spaces with neither mask nor social distancing.

Blurb 1

Celebrate Freedom! (Invest in Body Bags)

Combine the rush to open the economy with the refusal to social distance and wear masks, and you wind up with a higher body count.

Because: Yo! One person with the coronavirus can infect 406 people in 30 days. Reduce social exposure by 75 percent, then that one sick person will infect only 2.5 people.



Blurb 2

Sometimes I Get Distracted

I looked for direct evidence that the President’s refusal to wear a mask inspires others to follow suit. Then I moved on to search for a direct link from his rhetoric to violence, and found a chilling account by a man who acknowledges his rhetoric led to murder and warned that the President’s rhetoric is dangerous, too.


Blurb 3

“Do as I Don’t Say,” says the President, Never

The President’s refusal to wear a mask may be inspiring others to follow suit. And, as with some of his rhetoric, there may be a connection to violence:

Last week, Orange County’s public health director resigned after her call for mandatory face masks prompted a death threat, a security detail and a poster of her with a Hitler mustache and swastikas. On Tuesday in Santa Ana, face mask supporters were pushed and mocked by foes who chanted, “Hey hey, ho ho, these masks have got to go.”

As reported by the L.A. Times.


Outro

Death is Not The Only Threat

Two or three years from now, I think there’s a high likelihood that we’ll start hearing about people who had COVID-19, recovered, and who will now live the rest of their lives with damaged lungs. I wear a mask. I hope you do, too.

Thanks for reading this far,

Brian Woolsey
Writer. Artist?


Questions on the Twitter ad ban: If one unmasked person can spread the coronavirus to 406 people in 30 days, while one masked person can spread the same virus to 2.5 people in 30 days, is my comic a misrepresentation? Is this piece out of line compared to some of the President’s more controversial tweets? Again, thanks for taking the time.