Mask-Up, Warshington!

I was wondering when this would happen, as our Gov. Inslee is usually about 2-beats behind California’s Newsom:

Washington becomes latest state to make wearing masks in public mandatory

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D) announced on Tuesday a mandatory order requiring face coverings be worn in all indoor public spaces and outdoors if physical distancing can’t be maintained.

Driving the news: The order, effective Friday, comes as several counties across the state have reported increases in coronavirus cases, as local economies reopen from lockdown and states across the U.S. see spikes.

“I think of these face coverings, in some sense, as a statement. It’s a statement that when you wear it, it means you care about people, because it means you want to reduce the risk that you are going to infect another person.”

— Inslee’s remarks during Tuesday’s news briefing

By the numbers: Washington has confirmed almost 30,000 novel coronavirus cases, including over 4,000 hospitalizations. More than 1,200 people have died of the virus in the state.

It’s anecdotal again, but I’m seeing many more in The Peoples Republic Of Seattle wearing masks.

That said, we suck at social distancing here.

Yesterday at the grocery (first time in 2 weeks! Yay!) really left me shaken; at least three different times masked Boomers brushed past me in the narrow aisles. I backed up to keep my distance but this one dude kept charging; I went around a corner backwards and he popped out and glared at me and went the other way.

He did not stop to look for anything in that aisle, he was heading to somewhere else.

What’s the rush, gents?

(I know: not all Boomers…)

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9 Responses to Mask-Up, Warshington!

  1. I think of these face coverings, in some sense, as a statement. It’s a statement that when you wear it, it means you care about people

    Aaaaaaand he just lost the GOP base right there. “Care about OTHER people??? Pfft! Fuck You I got mine!”

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    • MDavis says:

      He never had the GOP base anyway. And why would you want a base who cannot grasp the concept that, to other people you are the other people.

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  2. MDavis says:

    We suck at social distancing everywhere there are jerks.
    And that dude was hassling you, mask or not. Why? Has he always been a bully? I’ve seen people act that way before the pandemic, just bull on down the aisle straight at store employees or other shoppers, like they’re special so everyone needs to rush out of their way.
    But it’s so easy, now, in highly affected areas, especially. Just get way too close to fellow shoppers. Then glare to show it was on purpose. Be as big a jerk as Eddie Haskell – Haskelling. With a mask. Maskelling.
    That dude was maskelling you in the grocery store.
    Hassling – it isn’t just for Karens anymore.

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  3. And the Mrs just pointed me to this delightful gem:

    https://www.newsweek.com/florida-researchers-say-coronavirus-becoming-more-infectious-mutant-form-1513164

    “Over time, it has figured out how to hold on better and not fall apart until it needs to,” Farzan said in the release. “The virus has, under selection pressure, made itself more stable.”
    That stability enables the virus to transmit more easily from one human host to another, the scientists said.

    So the faffing about and colossal fuckup by the Dampnut Administration helped make the fucking virus more infectious. They’re gonna turn this into the goddamn zombie apocalypse by the end, aren’t they….

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    • Dennis Cole says:

      BDR – every life system has the same basic objectives – survival and procreation, and to achieve homeostasis. And since most viruses have had a head-start of a few million years or so, and are so basically-built yet highly-functional, that we really don’t stand a chance, as Humans. The rapidity with which they can adapt is astounding, and it’s what makes them so deadly: we just can’t keep up, when our own systems take thousands of years to adapt and adjust.

      And when their version of homeostasis, or some type of “stability” is constant adaptation, then almost any defense becomes impossible, especially when it takes so long to produce a vaccine that the Virus has a chance to mutate sufficiently to reduce the vaccine’s effectiveness, and we just keep chasing our tails, ’round and ’round the Mulberry bush.

      And now think of all the viruses that been trapped in the frozen Permafrost for centuries, and are still viable. Viruses that we have never come into contact with, so we have absolutely no immunities for. I doubt we’ll ever be conquered by anything bigger and badder than us; no, it will be the tiniest opponent, the invisible one no one takes seriously – until it’s too late.

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  4. donnah says:

    The roller coaster ride continues. Today is mostly downhill. Flynn is a step away from freedom, Barr has the upper hand again in spite of his shitty removal of Berman, the Federal government is suspending funding for corona virus testing and Trump is bragging about his successful rally in Arizona. Louis “the goober” Gohmert is acting like an idiot during the hearing by constantly pounding on the table to disrupt testimony.

    I am having a despair breakdown.

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  5. Perturbation says:

    WA hasn’t been requiring masks til now?? I would have thought with the early outbreak they would have been required for months.

    They’ve been required in any indoor business for a couple months here in Maryland. Although in the last couple weeks we’ve reopened nail/hair/massage salons and gyms, and everyone seems to have decided it’s over, no more need for caution. We went to an orchard to buy some produce on Monday and there were cashiers inside not wearing masks even though they’re still required by law, people wanting to make conversation with me and approaching to within three feet to do so, and advancing to that distance even while I’m backing away. MD has gotten its curve down a bit, and it seems now we think we’re out of the woods, but we are not.

    Monday evening my girlfriend told me two of her friends are camping at a state park with a lake and a little beach this week and she wanted the two of us to go join them, but unfortunately based on the behavior I’d seen that day I didn’t feel it was time for that.

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