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    Default Are masks a part of health theater

    Are they?

    Lot of practices were promoted to fight terrorism as a way to promote awareness of terrorism. Many of them were ineffective in every way except in promoting awareness, and these kinds of practices were named as a part of security theater.

    Are we doing a health theater now with some of our practices?

    Masks might help with raising awareness. Given how ineffective they are, will people soon grow tired of using them, and skeptical of their value? Is the guideline for using masks a part of the health theater?
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    I'm asking this is the least accusatory way possible: are you asking this in good faith?

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    For what they’ve become and seem to represent outside of their usefulness, yes I would say so. Why must I wear a mask if I’m walking outside in a parking lot with no one around me? Why must I wear one when walking alone on a park trail?

    Do I have a problem wearing one indoors where people are generally more in close proximity, not at all. They serve a purpose, but it’s gotten so ridiculous in many cases where Karens will use them as a power play over noncompliance. The reverse is also equally ridiculous to be clear. Not wearing one inside a grocery store as some middle finger to “the man” is just as much theatrical drama.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnitOfPopulation View Post
    Given how effective they are
    Fixed.

    Think.

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    They are effective in that they help reduce infections by holding back a fair share of droplets and aerosols. That much has been proven.

    As for when and where you wear them, obviously they also have the added benefit of serving as a visual reminder that there is a pandemic going on and people should observe safety measures. Indoors and in open places where people stand very closely together like bus stops or farmers markets, etc they make a lot of sense. Alone in a forest, not so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Herring View Post
    They are effective in that they help reduce infections by holding back a fair share of droplets and aerosols. That much has been proven.

    Some people can't understand that. I'm starting to wonder if some care more about how they look while wearing a mask, than actually getting the job done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamer View Post
    For what they’ve become and seem to represent outside of their usefulness, yes I would say so. Why must I wear a mask if I’m walking outside in a parking lot with no one around me? Why must I wear one when walking alone on a park trail?

    Do I have a problem wearing one indoors where people are generally more in close proximity, not at all. They serve a purpose, but it’s gotten so ridiculous in many cases where Karens will use them as a power play over noncompliance. The reverse is also equally ridiculous to be clear. Not wearing one inside a grocery store as some middle finger to “the man” is just as much theatrical drama.
    I never wear a mask in a parking lot or on a walking trail. Never heard anyone tell me to put on a mask then either. Why would you need one on when alone?

    One group of people is wearing masks. One group is resorting to violence and death threats against wearing a mask. Which one of these look like theatrics and drama?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ceecee View Post
    I never wear a mask in a parking lot or on a walking trail. Never heard anyone tell me to put on a mask then either. Why would you need one on when alone?

    One group of people is wearing masks. One group is resorting to violence and death threats against wearing a mask. Which one of these look like theatrics and drama?
    Some jurisdictions spread throughout California require them any time you are out in public regardless of crowd density or lack thereof. I don’t live in such place thank goodness.

    As far as theatrics, it isn’t so clear cut. I’ve seen videos of random people causing unnecessary commotion over having to wear a mask, that’s silly, but it also isn’t too farfetched to see how much the media has played a role in setting the stage, pointing to non mask wearers as “grandma killers”. Persist with the narrative long enough and the potential for paranoia emerges with people starting to turn against one another.

    The movie, “The Mist” comes to mind where the crazed religious woman stirs everyone up within the baracaded grocery store. People’s fear of the unknown overtakes reason and the mob is born. Am I suggesting we’re at this point? No, but there’s something to take away from the threat, fear can instill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ceecee View Post
    I never wear a mask in a parking lot or on a walking trail. Never heard anyone tell me to put on a mask then either. Why would you need one on when alone? One group of people is wearing masks. One group is resorting to violence and death threats against wearing a mask. Which one of these look like theatrics and drama?
    There are asinine people who will pull over and tell you to put a mask on while walking in your neighborhood. Here anyway. But I never said people here aren't rude either.
    The biggest problem is many youngsters in america here believe the mask FULLY protects not just others but THEM. I am regularly reminding people close to me that you have to keep social distancing best you can and washing your hands. The mask doesn't do much if you are standing right on top of me. Or you're hugging someone. They see the mask as their way to do all the other stuff they weren't supposed to do. It annoys me greatly.
    Even the CDC says you need to follow distancing still. It helps keep droplets minimized but some will still escape through the cloth covering s and such around here.
    Distancing is the truly foolproof way. Make sure you don't get on top of people. And give nasty glares to people who do it to you like I do. Lol.

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    I wear a mask to public transport & to work just to be supportive of authorities. They say it's responsible to show example in something that's marketed as responsible, so .. uh.

    I'm actually just cosplaying a responsible person. Funny play tho, I enjoy it.

    WHAT, DO YOU MEAN THAT THE MASKS WORK

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