Friction surfaces in LA over potential return to masking

[Barbara] Ferrer, [the director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health] has come under increasing fire on social media platforms, with resistance from key officials like [Kathryn] Barger growing in volume. “She’s there to save people’s lives,” said Andrew Noymer, a University of California, Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention. “If people don’t want to follow her advice, that’s on them. I just don’t know why she’s being crucified. It’s really more like a strong suggestion. Like, don’t jaywalk.”