120 countries in the world, including much of Europe, have ordered citizens to wear masks in public places but the Dutch are doing things differently.
The nation’s top scientists, having examined key data and research, have declared there is no evidence to back the use of face coverings. Indeed, they argue that wearing the wretched things may actually hamper the fight against diseases.
“Face masks in public places are not necessary, based on all the current evidence,’ according to Coen Berends, spokesman for the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. ‘There is no benefit and there may even be negative impact.”
As many countries enforce the masks, the Dutch disagree – joining Sweden in their stance, a move welcomed by many dutch citizens. .
Holland’s position is based on careful assessments by the Outbreak Management Team, a group of experts advising the government. It first ruled against masks in May and has re-evaluated the evidence several times, including again last week.