KISS's Paul Stanley Urges Fans To 'Wear Your Mask,' Listen To Virus Experts
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
July 9, 2020
Stanley recently shared a photo of himself and his daughter Emily Grace wearing masks while taking in a sunset at the beach.
"Don't listen to conspiracy theorists or graduate of The Internet University of Medicine," Stanley implored of his followed. "While the credible authorities and experts continue to learn more about Covid 19 they remain in agreement about safety protocols. End of story."
Researchers studying the novel coronavirus — which causes the pandemic respiratory disease COVID-19 — still do not fully understand how the virus transmits, but there is little question among them that mask-wearing reduces opportunities for the virus to spread by blocking microscopic water droplets coming out of an infected person's nose or mouth.
Wearing masks when social distancing is not possible is recommended by both the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.
Confusion about masks is understandable to some degree.
Early in the pandemic's arrival in the U.S., officials in many places said mask-wearing was not necessary.
At the time, localities were concerned that hospitals would run out of personal protective equipment if they were competing for it in the marketplace with the general public.
The messaging changed, however, once it became apparent that the virus can spread from asymptomatic people. Researchers have also noted a correlation between reductions in COVID-19 cases in areas with widespread mask compliance.
Stanley's bandmate, bassist Gene Simmons, said in April that Kiss's 'End of the Road' farewell tour would not resume until there is a cure for COVID-19. He, too, has been urging fans to comply with mask orders and listen to people with medical credentials for reliable information about the pandemic.
"Please wear a mask, to prevent your cough, sneeze or other, from infecting people," Simmons wrote in one reply. "Be safe, not sorry."
Kiss canceled several tour dates last fall when Stanley was stricken with the flu.
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