Okay, so here's the headline for this story:
And here's the headline I would've gone with if it was up to me:
Oregon Forced To Change Incredibly Stupid Outdoor Masking Rule After Girl Who Was Forced By The State To Wear A Mask While Running As Fast As She Could Passes Out And Falls On Her Face At The Finish Line Because She Kept Breathing In Air She Had Just Exhaled
Yup, that's better. It's a little long, but I think it's good.
And get this: the girl who passed out, Maggie Williams, a Junior, BROKE A SCHOOL RECORD in the 800-meter dash as she literally fell across the finish line!
Nice work Maggie!
Maybe next time you'll break your own record SINCE YOU WON'T BE WEARING A MASK!!!
Here's the video of Maggie falling across the finish line (because she was forced to wear a mask, since Oregon health officials are out of touch with reality):
And here are some words Maggie had for interviewers:
"I felt like I just wasn't being able to get a full breath," she said. "Multiple times of that happening, not being able to get enough air -- I just felt super-dizzy, and then eventually passed out."
Williams said her lack of oxygen is a result of the mask she's been required to wear during competition, under OHA guidelines for outdoor sports.
"In the past, this has never happened," Williams said. "Then this race that I was wearing a mask, it did happen, which I don't think is a coincidence."
So that all checks out as common sense, which apparently the Oregon Health Authority is lacking.
Oregon has, however, come into touch with reality (at least a teeny bit), as this incident seems to have proven to them that sCiEnCE can sometimes be overcome by science. So they've gone ahead and changed the rules.
"The Oregon Health Authority regularly reviews COVID-19 guidance based on medical evidence and evolving science. We are revising the current guidance on the use of masks outdoors during competition. The guidance will allow people to take off face coverings when competing in non-contact sports outdoors and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others and the other virus protective protocols.
* The exception will not apply while training and conditioning for these sports or for competitions.
* The exception will not apply before and after competing.
Thanks, Oregon Health Authority!