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Sen. Paul: Once you have immunity, ‘throw your mask away’

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In a new Fox News interview, Senator Rand Paul gave his medical opinion on wearing masks after one obtains immunity through the vaccine, saying many doctors and experts “will never let up” with COVID regulations and mask recommendations.

“There are doctors out there saying, ‘we need to wear them after the vaccine and really we may need to wear them forever,'” Paul said. “That is ridiculous.”

Paul said if you had the disease or has had the vaccine, including the second dosage, you should “throw your mask away and tell Dr. Fauci to take a leap.”

“Once you have immunity, you don’t need to do this,” Paul said. “Throw your mask away and tell these so-called experts who say lockdowns work to take a flying leap because there is no scientific evidence that the lockdowns have done anything to change the trajectory of this virus.”

Unlike most politicians giving their opinions on COVID rules and scientific data, Sen. Paul is an actual doctor and owned his own medical practice before entering politics in 2010.

Paul attended the Duke University School of Medicine and practiced ophthalmology in Bowling Green, Kentucky—later starting his own clinic in 2007.

Perhaps as greater amounts of Americans receive the coronavirus vaccine, more will follow Paul’s lead and ditch the mask.

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Study finds harmful levels of ‘forever chemicals’ in popular bandage brands

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A new consumer study tested several brands of bandages and found higher levels of fluorine in bandages from Band-Aid, CVS Health, Walmart, Rite Aid, Target and Curad, which contain harmful levels of “forever chemicals,” also known as PFAS.

The study by Mamavation and Environmental Health News revealed that out of 40 bandages from 18 different brands, 26 contained organic fluorine, an indicator of PFAS.

“Because bandages are placed upon open wounds, it’s troubling to learn that they may be also exposing children and adults to PFAS,” said Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum, the study’s co-author and the former director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program.

News Nation reports that the study found the chemicals present in the adhesive part of the bandages. Mamavation said some brands likely used the PFAS in bandages “for their waterproof qualities.”

“It’s obvious from the data that PFAS are not needed for wound care, so it’s important that the industry remove their presence to protect the public from PFAS and opt instead for PFAS-free materials,” Birnbaum said.

According to the study, the chemicals are linked to several health effects, including “reduced immune system, vaccine response, developmental and learning problems for infants and children, certain cancers, lowered fertility, and endocrine disruption.”

While the exposure risk to PFAS through the skin isn’t clear, skin exposure “poses similar health risks” as eating or drinking food contaminated with PFAS, according to a previous study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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