Violet Affleck, 18, Advocates for Hospital Mask Mandates at LA Board Meeting

Violet Affleck takes a stand on public health safety

by Nouman Rasool
Violet Affleck, 18, Advocates for Hospital Mask Mandates at LA Board Meeting
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Violet Affleck, the daughter of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, argues well why mask mandates at medical facilities should come back. The 18-year-old passionately spoke out in front of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, calling for stronger pandemic protections related to hospitals and government buildings.

Having suffered a post-viral condition in 2019, Violet who is often seen wearing a mask stated board, "I demand mask availability, air filtration, and Far-UVC light in government facilitates, including jails and detention centers, and mask mandates in county medical faculties." Violet was met with a very controversial reception.

While some commended her courage, others criticized her for taking any stance. This came as a result of Dr. Anthony Fauci admitting lockdown measures during the pandemic didn’t do much to stop the spread of COVID-19. Protest tension spawns lawmakers eyeing new mask bans.

Violet Affleck Criticizes Anti-Mask Mandates' Impact

Violet argued that anti-mask mandates state that these measures are making “vulnerable members of our community less safe”. Anti-mask chaos “makes everyone less able to participate in Los Angeles together”, she said.

Violet went on to describe how she had developed a ‘Post Viral Condition’ and although medicine can often provide answers for most of the diseases it does not necessarily have all the answers when such is caused by just a minor virus.

According to her, “I contracted a post-viral condition in 2019. I'm okay now, but I saw first-hand that medicine does not always have answers to the consequences of even minor viruses”. Violet, who identified herself as a first-time voter, noted the serious consequences of long COVID.

One in ten infections results in what is known as long COVID-19 where people suffer from a debilitating illness, often for months on end that can leave them unable to work or move, and even see or think according to experts.

Violet made sure to mention that the crisis was making homelessness more severe and also having a racist impact, as it is disproportionately impacting Black communities, disabled people, elders/older adults of all backgrounds.

Violet, is a resident of Los Angeles County, whose governing body is the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The Board meets regularly and provides the public with an opportunity to talk about whatever might be on their mind.

Violet was slammed online for comments she made about masking. But a significant number of X supporters were at Violet's back, singing her praises calling her a ‘hero’ and ‘smart kid’. Violet has been wearing a mask for the past few years; however, it was never explained by either of her parents.

She wore the item to Michael Rubin's White Party 2023 and seen with her mom wearing it in April this year, before pairing a Broadway show With Ben Affleck And Jennifer Lopez. The exes are also parents to two other children, Fin and Samuel.

Back in the 2000s, the ex-couple had met while working together on "Pearl Harbor". In 2015, they confirmed that it was over and then filed for divorce in 2017. Garner has since moved on to businessman John Miller, whereas Affleck rekindled his romantic relationship with Lopez in April 2021. They got married in July 2022.