Nuanced Take on Removing Your Masks

Scissorheads –

This thread is from the King County WA Public Health officer who is offering a nuanced interpretation of the CDC Guidelines. His specific examples are from here, of course, but I think much of what he says is good advice and can be generalized to where you live.

I think we all have a tendency to hear the parts we want to hear and diminish the parts we don’t.

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4 Responses to Nuanced Take on Removing Your Masks

  1. ali redford says:

    Thanks! That makes good sense, and makes me feel vindicated for basing my idea of being masked if I was going to be inside for more than 10 minutes somewhere like the grocery store.

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  2. revzafod says:

    Rachel Maddow did a segment with the head of the CDC a day or two ago, and it was sadly lacking, all emphasis on fully vaxxed people not wearing masks, but no mention of state or local regs, or businesses having the right to require them.

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  3. MDavis says:

    We lost a cat to a disease he was fully vaccinated against. The vet explained that he’d clearly been in a fight, and the other cat had the disease. Bottom line – if the pathogens are injected directly into your body (or droplets coughed or sneezed directly into your face) the antibodies from the vaccine may be overcome by the direct assault.
    I’m still wearing my mask wherever I can do it without being assaulted.* My work requires it, so that one is easy. Otherwise, I’ll just have to find a reason to stay outdoors and six feet away from anyone else.
    * I do believe that assault is a possibility. The political climate where I live is blood red. Assault may not be likely but I just don’t want to take the chances if I don’t have to.

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  4. CalicoJack says:

    Howdy y’all!

    The thing with #COVID19 is that it is complex with many factors contributing to transmission. As a species, we don’t deal with complexities well. When you mix the factors together, the best thing you can come up with is a probability of infection and transmission, which translates to risk. As a species we don’t do probabilities at all; it either is or it isn’t in most of our minds for most things. It takes real cognitive work to overcome that tendency, which, as a species we are not designed to do. So, what most people have heard the CDC say is that no one needs to wear a mask any more. The conditional, if vaccinated, just was too much to process for most of us.

    Risk assessment is very personal. Some people parkour is a perfectly acceptable risk as is transporting plastic bags of gasoline piled in the back of the Hummers. For others, putting their knives in their dishwashers blade up is too much of a risk. Unfortunately, we’ve lost — or maybe never had — our ability to follow the group decision of what is acceptable risk and what isn’t.

    Huzzah!
    Jack

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