Spinoff: Why you should wear a "mask" in public

posted 3 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Do people think it’s ok to still go on walks or jogs without a mask? I live in the suburbs and only see a handful of people while I’m out so it’s easy to maintain 6 feet of distance (I run in the street or cross to the opposite sidewalk). It seems like the official recommendation is to wear a mask when social distancing is difficult (stores, etc.). And I obviously would not be able to run with a mask on and would hate to lose that outlet to exercise. But I want to do what’s best for me (I’m currently pregnant) and society as a whole. 

Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

is the texas thing even legal. I feel like that wouldnt hold up in court if someone tried to challenge it. 

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

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saskia :  I don’t wear a mask when out walking because there aren’t many people out. 

Post # 19
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

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saskia :  I don’t wear a mask when I walk my dog. We don’t come anywhere near within 6 feet of someone.

I had to stop running though because my main route is too crowded to properly social distance and I can’t run with a mask on.

Post # 20
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Sugar bee

Masks tend to be better at keeping the coronavirus in (especially during coughs and sneezes) than keeping it out. So mask wearing is really to protect others rather than yourself.

They are clearly of benefit in medical situations where the coronavirus is in higher concentrations. Whether they are of any benefit in ordinary non-medical situations where people are social distancing is another matter entirely. 

They are, of course, in all likelihood a displacement activity. It makes people think that they are protecting themselves when they are quite probably not. Having said that, I have a small number (bought back in February) in case a family member becomes ill or I need to rescue a neighbour. I have no plans to wear them under ordinary situations in the UK.

In the US I suspect that their only real use outside hospitals will be in staunching the wounds caused by the increasing gun ownership levels.

I’d like to note that those lines of people queuing to buy guns were increasing their chances of developing COVID-19. Many weren’t social distancing and most weren’t wearing masks. And it’s not as though you can destroy a virus using a bullet. You have to use soap and water.

Post # 21
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

The problem is just like everyone wearing gloves: people don’t know correct procedures to put on and take off masks or gloves, and are actually putting themselves at higher risk due to the false sense of security. 

If you’re wearing gloves to the store and touching everything, including the cart, the pin machine, all the produce to find good apples….then you touch your face, well the gloves literally do nothing. If you put on the mask with dirty hands for example,  you’re potentially basically trapping the virus against your face, and breathing it in.

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