Bill Nye “the Science Guy” is famous for breaking down complex concepts into plain language. he’s now taking on face masks during the pandemic.
“Why do people in the scientific community want you to wear a face mask?” asked Nye in his viral Tik Tok video.
Nye first uses a scarf wrap around his mouth to blow out a candle. He then moves onto different “levels” of masks. In one part of the video the cloth mask in his hand is probably the most common right now. He puts on the mask and demonstrated its efficacy in blocking air.
“And it blocks the movement of air, very effectively,” said Nye in the video.
In just one day, the video has gotten millions of views on Twitter. The New Orleans Saints posted a message about masks as well. A chorus of Saints players, including defensive star Cam Jordan, start a chant of “if you suit up now, we can suit up later.”
There’s a plethora of memes and videos around COVID-19, and millions are consuming it. In the open landscape of social media anti-masking occupies the same platform with Bill Nye. Many of the skeptics of face masks say there is an agenda of control behind the mandates and recommendations. Dr. Julio Figueroa of LSU Health says doctors don’t have an agenda, but a mission.
“We, and the public health community, and the scientific community are trying to protect as many people as possible, which is our job,” said Dr. Figueroa.
Figueroa has spent more than half his life in studying the spread of diseases. If people are looking for medical advice, he says you don’t have to rely on social media for guidance. Health professionals have been telling us for months to wear masks when we can’t maintain social distances of at least six feet. Doubters can seek a second opinion. But if it’s coming from a medical professional, you’ll probably get the same message.