Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s daughter speaks out against mask ban

Jennifer Garner and daughter Violet Affleck are seen on May 11, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bellocqimages/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Violet Affleck, the daughter of actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, spoke out during this week’s meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

On July 9, the 18-year-old made an impassioned plea about the availability of face masks during the public comment portion of the meeting. A video of her remarks was posted to X, formerly Twitter.

She introduced herself as “Violet Affleck, Los Angeles resident, first-time voter. I am 18” at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration event.

She wore a face mask and said she had developed a post-viral illness in 2019.

“I feel OK now, but I have seen firsthand that medicine does not always have answers to the consequences of even small viruses. The COVID-19 pandemic has made that even clearer,” she explained.

“One in ten infections leads to long-term COVID, a devastating neurological condition. [and] “Cardiovascular diseases that can rob people of their ability to work, move, see, and even think,” she continued. “It will exacerbate our homelessness crisis and the suffering of many people in our city. It will hit communities of color, people with disabilities, seniors, trans people, women, and anyone in a public essential job the hardest.”

While many feel like the pandemic is long over, it is still having a lasting effect on others.

According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of long-term COVID include fatigue, fever, difficulty breathing, and symptoms that worsen after physical or mental exertion.

Long COVID or post-COVID-19 syndrome occurs when someone experiences “new, recurring, or persistent symptoms” about four weeks after getting COVID-19. The Mayo Clinic cited that “for some people, post-COVID-19 syndrome lasts for months or years or causes disability.”

Given these findings and her health concerns, Affleck pushed for masks to be more widely available and discussed other ways people with these conditions can stay safe.

“To address the long-term COVID crisis, I demand that masks be made available, air be filtered, and far-UVC light be provided in government facilities, including prisons and detention centers, and that masks be made mandatory in medical facilities in the region,” she explained.

She also urged the administration to help “expand the availability of free, high-quality testing and treatment.”

Affleck also urged the province to “oppose the mask ban for any reason.”

“They don’t keep us safer, they make vulnerable members of our community less safe, and they make it harder for everyone to participate together in Los Angeles. Thank you,” she concluded.

You often see the teenager wearing a face mask outdoors.

According to the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health website, people within the county are required to wear a mask in certain circumstances. These include, but are not limited to:

  • As required in the workplace.
  • As required by current LACDPH Health Officer Orders.
  • In health care, when visiting or providing care, when the hospitalization level for COVID-19 in LA County is medium or high.
  • If the location requires this, for example in companies, healthcare institutions, schools and workplaces.
  • If you are sick and have symptoms of a cold, flu or COVID-19, or if you have tested positive for COVID-19 (even if you have no symptoms) and you have to be around others.

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