Skip to comments.8 Reasons Why I Don’t Wear A Mask And You Probably Shouldn’t Either
Posted on 06/01/2020 4:36:56 AM PDT by Kaslin
The partisan divide over mandatory face coverings is one of the more interesting, if sad, twists of the Chinese coronavirus era. On the one hand, the mask police insist that not wearing one is equivalent to being a literal Typhoid Mary and trying to purposefully kill everyones grandma. On the other, many conservatives, including this one, see it as yet another unnecessary and overblown reaction to what has been a pandemic defined by unnecessary and overblown reactions, and a particularly unsightly one at that.
Regardless of how you come down on the issue, nobody should condemn anyone for their choice of wearing or not wearing a mask. Thats my position, but sadly its not shared by mask-shamer Karens and would-be tin-pot dictator Democratic governors who revel in their newfound godlike power to order citizens around like peasants. Now that theyve lost the war on staying locked down forever, they now seem to think everyone, everywhere, should be masked from now until the Wuhan virus disappears from the planet. Of course, they didnt think this when the pandemic was going full-steam and hundreds of people were breathing each others fumes in Walmarts and grocery stores all across the country, but thats beside the point. They think it now, and youd better obey or be mask-shamed for the non-conforming cretin you are. This is the new normal, dont you know, and youd best get used to it.
Well I, for one, do not intend to conform, or at least I intend to conform as little as possible. No, Im not going to be the guy who makes it into some viral video for making a scene if asked to mask-up in order to go into a private business, but I WILL definitely be one of doubtless many who makes a mental note to absolutely not return to that private business unless there is no viable alternative.
Granted, there are certain situations where it may be smart to wear a mask for a while, such as airplanes and crowded busses, places where you are stuck close to non-moving groups of people indoors for extended periods of time. But most of the time, in most situations, Im convinced that mask-wearing does more harm to society than good. Here are a few reasons why:
Mask wearing probably doesnt make much of a difference, if any
First of all, lets abandon any sort of absolute certainty about the scientific efficacy of mask-wearing. The maskers can show scientific studies to prove their side, and I can show others to bolter mine. For example, did you know that the widely held assumption that asymptomatic coronavirus carriers are insanely contagious might not even be true? Did you also know that the CDC says the disease spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period? Thats why we initially banned large gatherings which, despite my sadness about seeing sports disappear, was one of the depressingly few wise things weve done this entire pandemic. Its also probably why it didnt keep spreading significantly even though people were crowding maskless inside grocery and home improvement stores due to the fact that our wise and all-knowing overlords deemed those the only places anyone could go to get out of the house.
In other words, the evidence suggests you typically wont get coronavirus from simply passing someone in a store aisle. It takes close contact with an infected person for several minutes to get infected yourself, a take agreed-upon by none other than the New England Journal of Medicine, which covered both sides in the debate over the use of universal masking in hospitals early on in the pandemic:
We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection, the article reads. Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.
Mask wearing could be dangerous
I would be remiss not to mention the strong case made by Dr. Russell Blaylock in this article for Technocracy, contending that mask-wearing is not only useless but possibly even dangerous over the long-haul. Its worth a read, even if youre skeptical. Just from a common-sense perspective it definitely doesnt seem wise to breathe ones own breath for long periods of time. The pushback against the piece - and there has been a lot - seems mostly to be focused on Blaylock himself rather than the specific evidence he brings up. So make of that what you will.
Its about social control
In an article for The Federalist that ended up being shared via Twitter by President Trump himself, Molly McCann argued that the mandatory masking isnt about safety, but about social control.
To those looking to benefit politically from emergencies, COVID presents an opportunity to advance plans targeted to transform American freedom and the American way of life, McCann writes. Mandatory-masking policies provide a valuable foundation to weaponize the virus against American libertynow and in the future.
Ask yourself this: do societies that accept mass-mask-wearing tend to be free and open ones?
They cave to irrational fear
Our overlords told us this virus would kill, at the very least, one to two percent of those it infected. Some predictions even approached five. In reality, the rate is well under half of one percent and declining rapidly as antibody tests reveal the extent of the original infection. We were told we must shut everything down or millions would die. First, it was two weeks to slow the spread. Next, it was another month. Then, states that began opening things up were told blood would be literally running down the streets. None of this happened, obviously. Instead, in order to scrape together a death count even approaching 100,000 they had to count everyone who died WITH coronavirus, not OF it, as well as probable cases who hadnt even been tested. Get shot in a back alley? Die of stage four lung cancer or a car accident? Have two weeks to live because YOURE 95 and your systems are shutting down? Guess what, if you had the rona in your system, youre part of their grim statistic now.
In truth, the average age of death of a coronavirus victim, even assuming all the deaths actually occurred because of coronavirus, is higher than the average human lifespan, and many if not most deaths have occurred in nursing homes thanks to the shoddy decisions of a few blue-state governors. For the vast majority of people, the risk is about like that of the flu. The fear, and the overbearing response, to this virus has been completely irrational and unwarranted. Wearing a mask tells them they have a point when they dont.
They give legitimacy to an illegitimate response
All of the fearmongering, obviously, was to keep people compliant and afraid in their homes in an ill-conceived lockdown that has done far more long-term harm than short-term good. They destroyed our life-sustaining economy for nothing, but now were told we must all wear masks forevermore or this dread disease is going to wreak havoc again. No, there is nothing, absolutely nothing about our governments response to this pandemic that has made any sense, so why should we believe them on masks? The answer, obviously, is we shouldnt believe them, because they are liars, con artists, and control freaks. Wearing a mask in public in anything but an indoor, crowded, long-term situation in areas where the virus is still prevalent gives them credibility they havent earned and certainly dont deserve.
They are the equivalent of a comfort blanket
Do the scientific studies that support mask wearing point out the fact that the things are, by everyones admission, petri dishes? I doubt it. Read this HuffPost piece about effective mask wearing and ask yourself if you ever do any of those things. No? Of course you dont, because you arent a trained medical professional and you have a life to live. Try and go two minutes, much less two hours, without adjusting it on your face. Youre also likely getting closer to people and taking more risks than you otherwise would because of the false sense of security that masks give you.
Dont get me wrong. Reasonable social distancing, masks indoors in certain situations, and basic sanitation can go a long way. But universal masking all the time is nothing more than a comfort blanket. Dont argue with me, argue with the above-cited New England Journal of Medicine, which also wrote about the symbolic roles masks play in healthcare:
It is also clear that masks serve symbolic roles, the NEJM writes. Masks are not only tools, they are also talismans that may help increase health care workers perceived sense of safety, well-being, and trust in their hospitals. Although such reactions may not be strictly logical, we are all subject to fear and anxiety, especially during times of crisis. One might argue that fear and anxiety are better countered with data and education than with a marginally beneficial mask, particularly in light of the worldwide mask shortage, but it is difficult to get clinicians to hear this message in the heat of the current crisis.
So, weve got to have a talisman to go out? What is this, some dystopian medieval nightmare were living in?
They allow criminals to get away with crimes
We once decried Klan members and Antifa types for covering their faces while doing their violent deeds. Now were requiring masks of everyone, even outside where the risks are next to nil. Combine that with a racially charged police killing and mass joblessness among lower-income wage earners and youve got, well, what were getting right now. Im not blaming the violence on masks alone, of course, but to say people whose faces are covered arent emboldened is to deny human nature. Remember the days when a masked person walking into a gas station caused alarm? If this continues much longer, crime will spike. Worse, unsolved crime will spike too.
They look ridiculous
Of course they do, and you know it. Enough said.
Even if mask wearing could be proven to make some slight difference in the transmission of coronavirus, all the other factors included here, and more, lean against it for most in most situations, in my opinion. For context, ask yourself if youd wear a HAZMAT suit from here to eternity to guarantee against getting the virus. To put it bluntly, living life has always come with risks. Id rather take a little more risk and live in a free society than live in a tyrannical one with slightly less risk.
It’s a Commie Plot intended to elect SloMoe Joe.
We should all know now how Hitler came to power. It is easy to stir up fear and convert humans into sheep.
I will not enter any business requiring a mask. Period.
The virus is an invisible “boogeyman” and it has been remarkably easy to scare grownups into believing in that scary “boogeyman.”
The Village is a 2004 American period horror film written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, and Brendan Gleeson.
The film is about a village whose population lives in fear of creatures inhabiting the woods beyond it, referred to as “Those We Don’t Speak Of”.
It turns out the entire climate of fear in that story was falsely created to control people using fear of the unseen creatures beyond the perimeter of the village.
Note to bricks and mortar shopkeepers everywhere: You can require me to wear a mask to enter your store. But you can’t make me shop there if you do. Your call.
I have worn a mask 2x through this whole thing - once, because I needed mulch and they wouldn't let me in the Big Box store without one, and secondly, I wore one when I took my 83 year old Mom out to buy shoes this past weekend. Other than that, haven't worn one and I won't!
Interestingly, Cuomo’s EO in NYS doesn’t require a mask. Just a cloth covering over the mouth and nose. I’m waiting for some clever sod to get a hold of some organza, then enter a store wearing an organza mask while carrying a copy of Cuomo’s EO.
Let the lawsuits commence !
I dont wear one and most physicians I know feel the same. Im hopi g with the riots soon cities will be issued no mask orders
No masks for me, EXCEPT...the doctors I visit that require it.
And no, I won’t be shopping for a doc that doesn’t require it. The eye surgeon I visited the other day takes MONTHS to get in to see. He is an Eye Scientist that keeps my vision on track. If he said to show up for my appt naked, I would.
Re: #2 Mask wearing could be dangerous
If you want to breathe your own exhaust, why not just tie a plastic bag over your head!??
The loony left is so worried about adding a few parts per million (billion?) to global warming, they should be the ones to self-recycle the last few O2 molecules in their system -— for the children, of course.
Covid-19 has been a nearly total fraud.
“nobody should condemn anyone for their choice of wearing or not wearing a mask.”
I call BS on that writer. You MUST condemn anyone who’s complicit in turning America into a third-world country.
I say that sitting in a hospital waiting room surrounded by other freaks who look exactly like me under duress. We’re all pissed.
Liberal cities remain shut down and now are being burned down...what a coincidence
If you don't have a viral cold or flu already, chances that you wearing one will protect you from getting it are between slim and none.
"Everyone wear a mask" was nothing but BS from the get go due to people like Fauci citing the long asymptomatic phase of COVID-19 as the rational. Even if asymptomatic people can spread the virus, they'll do so by touching their mouth and spreading it to what they touch unless they cough or sneeze which means, they're no longer asymptomatic.
It's all Fauci BS to generate fear. If you're under the weather, coughing, etc., yeah, wearing a mask reduces the amount of virus you spread. Other than that, it's BS.
If you have symptoms and are going where people who are most susceptible are going to be near by, wearing a mask is you being considerate of them.
Good analogy. Weird movie, but it makes you think.
Over the weekend, I was out in public more than not. I attended a rally with about 250 people then walked the crowded streets of Annapolis, MD and we got lunch. No masks and I even shook a bunch of hands.
Three trips to Home Depot and one to Lowe’s. No mask. I’m looking for a refrigerator so I had long interactions with store associates. Not challenged by anyone.
I’ve got this great Trump 2020 mask that just languishes in my pocket.
ROTF! Best part: no sewing. You rule, m!
I’m no criminal. But I see tactical value in ordinary citizens wearing masks in these troubled times.
The mask I wear is large and dark. When I’m wearing it and I happen to be armed, it makes a statement to my surroundings:
“You don’t know who I am and you can’t identify me, either. You don’t know if I’m armed or not.”
“If I have to defend myself from Antifa scum like you, you or your cohorts won’t be able to point me out to the po-po.”
“If I see you harming an innocent person, I will intervene decisively and then melt into the crowd.”
“You Antifa scum are confronted with your intended victims wearing masks, too.”
“If we’re all required to wear masks because of COVID, then we who are not terrorists also reap the benefit of anonymity.”
“You can’t have it both ways.”
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