Slackers vs. patriots: Mask use debated for more than a century

The “Anti-Mask League” in San Francisco, California was spearheaded by doctors and civil libertarians who questioned their effectiveness and believed the mask order infringed on their constitutional rights.  “In 1918, I could sort of buy it because there was so much that we didn’t understand about viruses — we didn’t even know they existed,” said Dr. Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine. “But now, it’s just so shocking to me. We have so much more information.”