Here is my new Substack, on the latest COVIDian advisory from NYU, and what it tells us about COVID rules in general.
It’s accessible by all, so if you want to read it through, click on the link. (NYU’s email looks better in this email than on Substack, so take a gander at it here.)
NYU’s new “Daily Do’s and Don’ts” appear to mean “Don’t think”
Under COVID at our colleges and universities, students must keep their mouths shut as well as covered
|Mark Crispin Miller|
It was almost a year ago, in September of 2020, that I came under heavy fire at NYU (and beyond) for encouraging the students in my propaganda class to read through all the scientific literature on masking, then make up their minds as to the wisdom of mask mandates.
As that scandal heated up—a gaggle of department colleagues trying to have me fired for discouraging my students from wearing masks, among many other crimes that I did not commit, thereby libeling me, for which I am now suing them—I spoke out, at every opportunity, against such thought-policing at a university, on the premise that higher education ought to be the opposite of training for compliance, and, therefore, that questioning the rules is not just permissible but necessary in a free society.
Now, as for masking: Since that malicious hoo-ha one year ago, “the science,” as the Blue Pods piously invoke it (without ever reading any of it), has copiously reconfirmed what now appears to be the fact that masks do not prevent transmission of respiratory viruses. Back then I got in trouble for suggesting that my students start by reading all eight randomized, controlled trials on the subject, all of which had found that masks don’t work. I was actually mistaken, since there were more than eight such studies; and, by now, there are 47 studies variously finding that such muzzles—masks and respirators—don’t work; and, no less important, there are now another 32 studies finding that prolonged masking, far from keeping everybody “safe,” is itself a serious health hazard, sometimes fatal—the risk especially severe for children. (Last spring, three Chinese teenagers, living in three different provinces, dropped dead while running laps with masks on—a story that made news in China and Japan, and almost nowhere else; and, since then, other instances of mask-related injury or illness have all gone unreported by “our free press.”)
Daily Do’s and Don’ts
Your quick guide to daily habits to keep yourself and others safe
DO wear a mask covering nose and mouth indoors at all times
DON’T come to campus, class, or work if you feel sick or are displaying COVID-19 symptoms
DO the Daily Screener each morning before coming to campus (preferably before you’re at the front of a line waiting to get into a building) or participating in a University-sponsored activity and present it when entering NYU buildings or off-campus events
DON’T join indoor gatherings and outdoor crowds where people aren’t wearing masks
DO promptly report COVID-19 symptoms using this form
DO carefully follow any instructions from the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team about testing, isolation, quarantine, etc.
DO eat outside whenever you can
DON’T eat anywhere indoors other than a private office (door closed) or designated eating area
We all have an individual and collective responsibility to keep each other safe.
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