Bring Back Masks began trending on Twitter Tuesday (September 28) amid new reports that COVID-19 cases are surging in portions of the United States in the wake of some 40,000 deaths over the summer alone. The trending topic was supported by medical professionals urging a return to masking in certain public spaces but it was met with the requisite pushback from masking critics.
Bring Back Masks, stylized on Twitter as #BringBackMasks, garnered a flurry of response from the medical community and other individuals on the opposite side of the debate. It appears to have picked up steam after Twitter user @kadamssl shared an image of what is presumed to be her daughter refusing to take off her mask during picture day with the hashtag attached at the end of the tweet.
The photographer at picture day said she had to take her mask off for her photo. She said she would do no such thing and held her ground when they continued to push. Proud Momma moment
But seriously, #BringBackMasks pic.twitter.com/U6ucMRkpwU
— Kathryn (@kadamssl) September 28, 2022
The tweet received over 700 retweets and 11,000 likes after going viral within the social media network. Given the climate and divide within the nation, the response from anti-maskers to the trending topic has been especially harsh. The topic is under the “Politics” category designation, presumably because of the likes of Donald Trump Jr. and others offering their opinions. A common refrain from detractors is that vaccinations and masks didn’t prevent those who did receive shots and wore protection from contracting COVID-19.
Scientists have long said that the best way to prevent the virus from permeating the air is to mask up yet pandemic fatigue, public outrage, and economic impact are all considered factors as to why many businesses and individuals are doing away from masking.
On Twitter, the response to the Bring Back Masks debate is wide-ranging and we’ve got tweets from all sides below.
Pediatric hospitalizations are surging. Cases of all respiratory viruses surging. #COVID is rising again too. It’s time we #BringBackMasks and use that hashtag #⃣ going forward. #COVIDisAirborne #CovidIsNotOver pic.twitter.com/VR8yT7QmAY— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) September 28, 2022
Omg #bringbackmasks is currently trending on twitter.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 28, 2022
All of you mentally ill covid freaks are more than welcome to voluntarily wear masks. No one is stopping you. But no more allowing your mental illness and irrational fears to control the lives and behaviors of sane people! pic.twitter.com/oWwYddq916
Only the vaccinated want to #BringBackMasks— Rob (@OncologyRob) September 27, 2022
If you don't feel safe after 4 doses, it's a psychiatrist you need to see next!
Waterloo Region has five times as many hospitalized Covid patients today as we did the same time last year — back when everything was open but everyone was wearing masks. #BringBackMasks— Dr. Craig Sloss (@CraigSloss) September 27, 2022
If you want to wear a mask wear one. But the rest of us who have moved on won't. There is no need to #BringBackMasks because they were never taken away in first place, nobody is telling you that you can't wear one. We live in a society, and you need to respect other's choices.— Red Squirrel (not a Русский bot) (@RedSquirrelFtw) September 27, 2022
I'd like to dispel the myth that #covid19 infections in Canada are not that high, a myth generated by govt websites and media that report "cases" which are a small % of infections. #Omicron is highly transmissible and can evade vaccines and reinfect. #BringBackMasks #GetBoosted pic.twitter.com/t5Uxm4kmhP— Bill Comeau (@Billius27) September 27, 2022
You are blowing up Twitter#BringBackMasks is not just tending in the top 5 position in , but gaining momentum globally— Dalia Hasan (@DaliaHasanMD) September 28, 2022
Let's reboot public health
It's quite simple, the more people wearing high quality fitted , the less virus there is in the air, making it safer for all https://t.co/COmZFWmEhr pic.twitter.com/k8QIzKtDx2
Dropping masks on trains and airplanes because it's too hard to enforce lets the loudmouth bullies and trolls win at the expense of science and common decency. #BringBackMasks— Chuck Wurster, MD (He/Him) (@ChuckWurster) September 27, 2022
The fact #BringBackMasks is trending without substantiated data demonstrating lives saved highlights the major failure of public health during the Covid pandemic.— Nicole Saphier, MD (@NBSaphierMD) September 28, 2022
You won’t see data because there’s nowhere to test/report. We have patients every day with #COVID19. Seniors who’ve managed to avoid it until now. Parents, children, educators, essential workers with 3rd, 4th reinfection. Reinfections of those with #LongCovid. RT: #BringBackMasks— Nili Kaplan-Myrth MD PhD (@nilikm) September 28, 2022
It’s like people are protecting the virus, picking up for it. “I’m sick, but it’s not Covid, no way, it’s something else”. You can’t sweep it under the rug.— Keith Muise (@keetmuise) September 28, 2022
Humans have never made it so easy for a virus before, especially one as destructive as this. #Covid19 #BringBackMasks
People's unwillingness to do something as simple as wearing a mask is a testament to how ingrained eugenics is in the way people think about the value of life. 1/5 #bringbackmasks— Susan Joudrey, PhD (@sujo_dree) September 28, 2022
Last night I saw a group of young students studying outside, all in high-quality masks. Good work reinventing socializing & standing up to peer pressure #BringBackMasks— chantzy (@chantz_y) September 27, 2022
I try not to get involved, but I’m seeing people say #BringBackMasks is for hypochondriacs.— Hoseki Chan ENVTuber (@HosekiChanVT) September 27, 2022
I work in a long term care home and we’re still losing residents to Covid.
It’s really sad especially when it can be prevented. I still wear a mask to protect our vulnerable population.
Old enough to remember when masks were required at school. (Fall-winter 2021.) Kids weren’t sick all the time, and most people hadn’t had SARS2.— That’s Dr. Truthisjustice, to you. (@truthisjustice2) September 28, 2022
That’s the “normal” I want. Constant illness is NOT NORMAL. Why are healthy schools too much to ask?#BringBackMasks