# Could Face Masks Be Spreading the Coronavirus?
By J.H. Capron
I used to wonder how the Salem Witch Trials could have happened. I don’t anymore.
With the “Karens” (male and female) going hysterical in this viral panic, I clearly understand now why it’s said, “if you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Ignorance, or maybe better put, a lack of knowledge, sets up the American people to be exploited by their own politicians and government officials. But, relative to a pathogen, it also sets them up to become disease transport agents via a mandated fomite: the face mask.
For those not familiar with the term “fomite,” it’s a non-biological object contaminated with a pathogen, making the article a source for spreading the pathogen. For me, this viral panic has made it evident that most people have no understanding of viruses, their life cycles, and how they propagate. The fear of the unknown is the outgrowth of this lack of knowledge. It leads people to take irrational actions that will spread a pathogen.
Here we are in the 21st century, and the general public is no smarter than the general public was in the 17th century when it comes to dealing with the unknown. So let’s look at a pathogenic event in the early 20th century.