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Coronavirus: wearing a cloth face mask is
less about science and more about solidarity

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 5/21/2020 2:52:58 PM

Recent headlines suggest that mask wearing has become a signal of political allegiance, with the left choosing to wear masks and the right refusing to. Yet COVID-19 affects people of all political persuasions who, like it or not, share similar biological susceptibility to this disruptive disease. This is not to say that social factors are not relevant. Early reports trying to understand why ethnicity seems to be a factor have indicated that access to medical care, different living arrangements, work environments and even outdoor spaces make a huge difference to people’s experience and sometimes survival in this pandemic. But there


It's like the AIDS ribbons. Wearing them meant you cared. But no one was actually helped.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Geoman 5/21/2020 2:55:52 PM (No. 417976)
Submission signaling should be avoided by free people.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: DVC 5/21/2020 2:57:35 PM (No. 417978)
It is mostly about showing that you are properly cowed by your masters, that you will submit to their overlording. I get that, and that is a lot of why I won't wear one.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: planetgeo 5/21/2020 3:04:59 PM (No. 417983)
I accept only the following as scientifically sound reasons for wearing a mask within 6ft of others while INDOORS: 1) If you already have the virus, this will reduce the probability that your coughing/sneezing/speaking/singing will spread your viral matter to others near you. 2) If you don't have the virus, but others in close proximity to you do, the mask may reduce the total viral load that you might inhale, but it may still allow some viral matter to be inhaled, and the amount inhaled depends greatly on the quality and state of condition of the materials that make up the mask. OUTDOORS your chance of inhaling viral matter are near zero in all but extreme closeness.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: chumley 5/21/2020 3:12:40 PM (No. 417992)
Its nothing but a binky to make scared people feel better. When my grandkids were little and scared of monsters in the room at bedtime, I would give them a toy gun in case the monsters should show up. Worked every time. A mask is the same.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: stevendm 5/21/2020 3:25:58 PM (No. 418001)
I was agreeing until the very end. Half of the masks people are wearing perform no medical function. They just make the wearer feel safer. I stopped reading when they continued by saying making people "feel" good is beneficial. Nope, just smoke and mirrors.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: snowoutlaw 5/21/2020 3:26:36 PM (No. 418002)
Wrong, the purpose is to remind people they need to be scared and the fake media's scare stories must be true.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: MickTurn 5/21/2020 3:34:34 PM (No. 418008)
It is just plain STUPID and protects NO ONE. Might as well have a KKK hood on, only it's bigger.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: LanceLink1 5/21/2020 3:36:30 PM (No. 418009)
I refuse to wear a face diaper. I mute any and all "we are in this together" mantra conditioning on the telly as well as the "we are doing this for you during these difficult times" advertising. They're just making a buck on the back of a contrived panic. I'm not drinking the Kool-Aid.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: HotRod 5/21/2020 3:41:54 PM (No. 418014)
I think democrat women should wear those Muslim Burquas when they go out in public. Maximum virtue signaling, while providing maximum coverage to block any strange virus floating around. We wouldn't have to look at their faces either!
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Reply 10 - Posted by: MDConservative 5/21/2020 3:50:46 PM (No. 418026)
Just back from Post Office. Of about 20 people in line, only two of us were bare. Tell me this is winding down. I don't see it.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Lawsy0 5/21/2020 3:53:46 PM (No. 418027)
The mask doesn't not prevent COVID-19 from entering your body nor from leaving your body. It is an issue of compliance. I choose when and where and for whom I comply. The list is not very long. It is much better for me, elderly as I am, to not keep breathing my own germs.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: EQKimball 5/21/2020 3:56:04 PM (No. 418029)
By the time they are no longer mandated, liberals will still wear them as a sign of political correctness and solidarity with the left. Masks will be the equivalent of MAGA hats for progressives. In some parts of the country they already are.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Toby Ten Bears 5/21/2020 3:57:24 PM (No. 418031)
No... It's about being submissive, "good" little sheep.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: BarryNo 5/21/2020 4:23:35 PM (No. 418051)
A mask of any type is today's security blanket, and nothing else.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: BarryNo 5/21/2020 4:24:33 PM (No. 418052)
And, some people have to wear them by company decree or look elsewhere for work.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: woodenleg 5/21/2020 4:28:43 PM (No. 418054)
It's more about advertising your submission and conformity.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Jesuslover54 5/21/2020 4:44:36 PM (No. 418067)
The smallest and n95 mask can filter is .3 microns in the .125 microns so the mask does what?
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Reply 18 - Posted by: mc squared 5/21/2020 5:00:27 PM (No. 418082)
Nazi armbands.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: ladydawgfan 5/21/2020 5:12:41 PM (No. 418093)
Those that believe that a mask can contain or prevent the passage of the Kung Flu virus also must believe that underpants can contain the essence of a fart!!
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Vesicant 5/21/2020 5:35:42 PM (No. 418120)
Yahoo news. Now there's an oxymoron.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: checkmatekingtwo 5/21/2020 5:45:24 PM (No. 418126)
I am amazed that Yahoo News actually carried this and admits it's all just for show. I bet they pull the article soon. They're not supposed to admit the truth.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: udanja99 5/21/2020 6:25:37 PM (No. 418148)
I’ve worn a mask twice - the first time when I was helping to care for my newborn grandson and had to go to the supermarket and the second time when my GP forced me to for my annual physical. As another Ldotter stated last week - wearing a mask to avoid this virus is like putting up a chain link fence to keep mosquitos out of your yard.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: globalwarmer 5/21/2020 9:24:29 PM (No. 418263)
I don't and won't.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: cheeflo 5/21/2020 9:40:45 PM (No. 418271)
Solidarity? I don't think so. It's about fear and obedience. We're told incessantly that we're all in this together, yet there is a concerted effort to drive us apart through social distancing. How much solidarity can be had when we're being characterized as an existential threat to each other?
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Reply 25 - Posted by: red1066 5/21/2020 10:07:02 PM (No. 418296)
Wearing a mask is a pretty much useless. Of course if your already sick, then a mask will stop some droplets from going into the air. However, every mask other than a N-95 mask isn't going to stop virus molecules, but how many people are wearing a N-95 masks everywhere. N-95 masks aren't meant to be worn for long periods of time.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: texaspast 5/21/2020 11:41:58 PM (No. 418349)
We are being required to wear a mask (of any type - just so it's a mask) at my place of work. People for some reason get irritated when I call it my face diaper. I saw a meme on the internet that says 'wearing a cloth mask to keep out viruses is like putting up a chain-link fence to keep out mosquitoes.'
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Reply 27 - Posted by: kono 5/22/2020 12:49:48 AM (No. 418388)
I wish the O.P.'s remark section here had a 'Like' option.
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