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Staying relatively safe from an airborne repratory illness is all about weighing risks.

low population low density areas have less risk.

keeping your distance from others 6 feet is one claimed distance, 6 miles is probably much safer. Less than 2 feet is probably much more risky. Total isolation is least risk.

Keeping clean and using sanitizers that kill viruses makes less risk.

but all of those things have their own risks, in other ways.

We can’t all move to a low density home, many are stuck living in a high density city apartment.

we are families and workers and care givers and an interactive society of beings. We can’t all not be around anyone? Mental health issues and all show up with isolation.

sanitizers are chemicals, slathering them on everything always has its own bad effects over time.

and on and on. We are assessing risks here.

no one enforces the 6 foot rule. People space out more, but everyone walks by a lot closer, reaches something quick off the shelf, passes in the isle closer than 6 feet. We are mostly trying and mostly spaced out farther, but we are not always 6 feet apart. You see that done also by every single politician that has put in the mandates, they forget or don’t care about their own rules and walk right up to others.

families still get together, neighbors still get together, people still work, we are still a mobile population. We travel less, we are a bit more careful, but even every single politician that has put in the mandates has then traveled, had family or friends that gathered, and so forth.

So, masks are also somewhere in the risk assessment of this.

many people feel the other things are much more important. None of the masks people wear stop any virus. What they do is slow down and trap some globs of spit and keep those globs on the mask. In a clinical testing this does slow down the amount of virus traveling 6 feet out.

in the real world, it creates a false sense of safety masks do not stop the virus. In the real world, sloppy wet masks with virus trapped on them are now being touched and handled byfolk who then handle the things you are going to touch. Is this really a lower risk for all?

in the real world, masks create some breathing and repertory issues for some people. That is a risk.

and on and on and on.

I don’t understand why people are so instant on wearing masks. It is pretty clear they are a very small benefit And only in certain situations.

If you are concerned about other people wearing a mask, you need to be more concerned about your own risk assessment. Are you keeping your safe distance, are you keeping your hands washed, are you keeping yourself in a low risk situation?

demanding others wear masks and then ignoring all other safety precautions is the height of hypocrisy.

and that is what I see more than anything.

people who don’t want to wear masks for the most part have done their risk assessment, and conclude their health and the health of those around them are better served by other means - distance, cleanliness, etc.

these is certainly middle ground on this, as so many of us practice.

standing in a crowded area and berating someone for not wearing a mask is pretty silly.

learn to assess and deal with risks more responsibly than that!

Paul
 

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Many of us wear masks only because local authorities have decided they are required.

My son's roomate brought home a nasty virus before Christmas. Person came in to work sick. Despite all precautions the bug was passed all over the place. The roommate did the responsible thing and stayed home while sick.
 

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We're still discussing masks, but now that the vaccine is being distributed we're moving into a new phase of government mandates. Here in PA the governor has announced that state employees must receive the vaccine if they want to receive a paycheck. Shouldn't this be an individual decision?
 

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We're still discussing masks, but now that the vaccine is being distributed we're moving into a new phase of government mandates. Here in PA the governor has announced that state employees must receive the vaccine if they want to receive a paycheck. Shouldn't this be an individual decision?
This is the same as children being required to be vaccinated before starting school.
 
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