“Insufficient facts always invite danger.” - Captain Spock

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“Insufficient facts always invite danger.” - Captain Spock

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A tweet from famed Canadian astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield and resulting response from Ottawa Public Health. The initial tweet shows three of the main characters from the original Star Trek (Bones, Kirk, and Spock) with medical masks superimposed on their faces and another crew member, wearing the red shirt which is often jokingly said to mark a character for death, in the background without a mask. The response from Ottawa Public Health is the addition of a quote from the famously logical character of Spock: "Insufficient facts always invite danger." This is possibly a reference to those who are claiming masks are ineffectual or even dangerous based on limited or untruthful sources- a section of the population with which the Public Health unit deals frequently.

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This item was submitted on July 10, 2020 by Hope Gresser using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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