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Mask Exemptions: Professor Doron Dorfman's Research Quoted by CNBC

Posted on Friday 8/7/2020
Doron Dorfman

Are there medical reasons to not wear a mask? Yes, but not many

(CNBC | Aug. 7, 2020) When Amber Lynn Gilles was refused service by a San Diego Starbucks barista in June, she took her frustrations to Facebook: “Meet Lenen from Starbucks who refused to serve me cause I’m not wearing a mask. Next time I will wait for cops and bring a medical exemption.”

After a GoFundMe drive raised over $100,000 for barista Lenin Gutierrez (half of which Gilles now claims belongs to her), she turned over her medical documentation — a pelvic exam from 2015 and a handwritten note from a local chiropractor which noted “underlying breath conditions.”

In what is likely the most high-profile attempt to use a medical condition to sidestep a mask requirement, it is hardly the only one ...

... But what about chronic pulmonary diseases, such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema?

In an article published on July 10, 2020 entitled “Mask Exemptions During the Covid-19 Pandemic—A New Frontier for Clinicians,” authors Dr. Mical Raz and attorney Doron Dorfman argue people with these conditions may have even more reason to mask up. 

“It is likely that chronic pulmonary disease in itself is a compelling reason for masking, rather than a category of exemption,” writes Raz and Dorfman in the JAMA Health Forum. 

The danger is two-fold, they say. Those with a chronic pulmonary illness are at a higher risk for severe disease should they contract Covid-19. They would also likely carry a higher risk of spreading it to others due to chronic coughs associated with their conditions ...

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