- 2 weeks ago
- Wedding: June 2022
“THE’ solution is to get rid of idiots who think that not wearing a mask proclaims their freedom from tyranny. That would include 90% of all Republicans.
Personally, I think everything helps. We know wearing masks helps, so requiring masks in crowded places makes a lot of sense to me. Everyone in my area is very used to masks right now and it just seems normal. If we know two masks are better than one, then people who are more cautious or at risk should wear two, though I don’t think it should be mandated. I rarely go out except for to parks these days, but would wear two masks if traveling, for example. Social distancing is great and I think it’s too early for mass events like concerts and giant music festivals. People should get vaccinated as soon as they can if they are comfortable doing so. People should avoid going out or to events if they feel sick, and I hope this is normalized permanently. I also think people should still get tested if they’re sick, even if they think it’s just a cold, or self-isolate for 10-14 days and inform people they were around the few days before they fell ill. IMO, there is no “one” thing we can do, but doing all of the above in a reasonable way makes all the difference. I have been more lax than many on here but we still take many precautions. In addition to normalizing not being around anyone while sick, I’d love to see masks become a regular thing during flu and cold season, or when traveling. Mine keeps my face warm in the winter so I intend to wear my masks semi-regularly long term because it’s just a good idea. This is also normal in many Asian countries so would love to see it catch on here!
I think the only thing that will help, would be to quit living like covid is going away.
I wear double masks for doctor appointments and anything public like that. Regular walks I wear one. My glasses slip off double surgical masks so I have do to KN95+ fabric or surgical mask + fabric.
But like you I’m super tired of feeling like others are saying F it and ignoring guidelines. The selfish have spread the majority of the cases and I’m so done with it.
I’m high risk too so it’s not like I get a choice in being careful or not. But I’m super sick of the people that act like the guidelines are too hard for them its BS.
It’s a shame we don’t have better masks available this far into the pandemic. Double masking is a pretty good solution in the meanwhile, along with getting a mask with a nose wire for better fit. You definitely need extra caution in indoor areas with poor ventilation, even if you’re following distancing guidelines. If you’re outdoors I wouldn’t personally bother with two masks.
Zeynep Tufekci is one of the sanest voices around right now. She is spot on in a lot of her analyses, and is someone whose opinion I trust. She has a ton of articles where she lays down the risks quite clearly, she’s definitely worth a read.
I don’t know – I live in America and I’ve seen people do some DUMBASS STUFF. So dumb that I’m not sure how anyone with a mask on, even two, can be fully protected from those losers.
That being said, though, if you’re like in the top five spiking countries right now (correct me if I’m wrong but I think those are Brazil, France, Poland, Turkey, and India) – you should seriously take all the precautions you can.
I think America is finally going down an okay path, but summertime (aka DISNEY AND VACATIONS) will ultimately tell us the truth.
Just yesterday after work, I saw heaps of people grouped together without a mask eating and chatting. Then, I saw another group who literally stopped their car on the road and started hugging. No mask, no distance, no common sense.
We never closed up entirely, but specifically opening up restaurants, some schools and all governmental officials being required to return back to full time F2f caused the 3rd wave.
I don’t think it is the solution or even a solution. The people who would double mask are the same ones who we a a mask and follow the guidelines. I think this is very area dependent but at least here the problems are not public spaces like public transportation or shops. It’s students having 30 person houseparties in their tiny studios. Areas with a lot of low income households and immigrants where the city has failed to spread awareness and are living like covid does not exist. Factories that buy cheap labour but does not respect the quarantine or testing guidelines. People traveling to crowded ski resorts because they can’t travel abroad.