The Hot New Far-Right Trend: Claiming a Disability to Avoid Wearing a Mask (Daily Beast)

Daily Beast: The Hot New Far-Right Trend: Claiming a Disability to Avoid Wearing a Mask. “Lawrence Gostin, a Georgetown University professor specializing in public health law, said some people do have real health concerns that could give them ADA protection to avoid a mask—even amid the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘If they have severe breathing difficulties—asthma, or other significant respiratory problems—if a mask makes their breathing more labored, they’d be protected under the ADA,” Gostin told The Daily Beast. “But you need to be able to demonstrate that you’re disabled. It can’t be an idle claim.’ The anti-masking backlash seeks to exploit that very grey area.”

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