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People Are Now Creating Fake ‘Exemption’ Cards To Try To Get Out Of Wearing Face Masks In Public

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Face masks have become somewhat symbolic of life during the pandemic, which is now rising at an alarming rate throughout the southern and western United States.

However, they’ve become an extremely contentious issue in some more conservative areas.  People are outright refusing to wear masks.

Some people have even gone to the lengths of creating false medical cards invoking the “Americans With Disabilities” act.

The cards list the “Freedom To Breathe Agency” as their distributor with a url that leads nowhere.

Instead, the “Freedom To Breathe Agency” is a Facebook group reportedly spreading conspiracy theories about the dangers of wearing masks.

The Department of Justice—whose logo appears in the middle-right of the card—said they are aware of the false cards and are investigating.

“These postings were not issued by the Department and are not endorsed by the Department.”

“The Department urges the public not to rely on the information contained in these postings and to visit for ADA information issued by the Department.”

As of now, 39 states mandate face masks in some way.

Face masks are reported as the least expensive effective measure in stopping the spread of the virus, with the person-to-person transmission dramatically decreasing upon use.

Until a vaccine becomes widely available, face masks are likely to be a part of our everyday lives.


Written by Mike Walsh

Mike is a writer, dancer, actor, and singer who recently graduated with his MFA from Columbia University. Mike's daily ambitions are to meet new dogs and make new puns on a daily basis. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @mikerowavables.