Violet Affleck Reveals Why She’s Often Seen Wearing a Face Mask in Public

Violet Affleck uses her voice to promote public health.

The 18-year-old daughter of actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck made an impassioned plea during the public comment portion of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting. Tuesday, which was recorded on video and shared on Xformerly Twitter.

During her speech, Affleck — who wore a face mask — spoke about the illness that has impacted her life.

“I came down with a post-viral illness in 2019,” Affleck revealed, speaking quickly to fit her message into the allotted minute. “I’m fine now, but I’ve seen firsthand that medicine doesn’t always have the answers to the aftermath of even minor viruses. The COVID-19 pandemic has shed even more light on that.”

Violet Affleck with her mother, Jennifer Garner, and her father and stepmother, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. Getty

“One in 10 infections leads to long COVID, which is a devastating neurological and cardiovascular disease that can rob people of their ability to work, see, move and even think,” Affleck said. “To combat the long COVID crisis, I am calling for the availability of masks, air filtration and far-UVC lights in government facilities, including prisons and jails, as well as mandatory mask-wearing in county health facilities.”

She also advocated for more free testing and treatment options, adding that “the bottom line is that the county needs to stand up to mask mandates for any reason.” “They don’t make us safer, they make vulnerable members of our community less safe, and they make it less possible for everyone to come together in Los Angeles,” she concluded. “Thank you.”

While it’s unclear what illness Affleck has, symptoms from COVID-19 can include fatigue, symptoms that worsen after physical or mental exertion, fever, and respiratory symptoms, including difficulty breathing or shortness of breath and cough, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic Proceedings adds that post-COVID-19 illnesses are common and “have caused widespread unemployment and billions of dollars in lost wages.”

Data shows COVID-19 cases have been rising steadily this summer, driven by variants that may be more contagious and better at evading vaccine protection than previous ones.

Affleck’s speech came on the heels of Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass’ (D) announcement in June that she was considering banning face masks at protests, according to The New Republic.. Bass’ statement was in response to a pro-Palestinian protest near a Los Angeles synagogue that made headlines around the world, according to The Guardian.

Both editorialists note that other political leaders such as New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams, both Democrats, have supported the idea of ​​banning masks at protests and on public transportation because they believe masks provide anonymity to those who wish to engage in anti-Semitic behavior.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told USA Today that “the mask ban clearly limits one of the options that public health has to limit the impact of the pandemic on our population.”