As of today (Saturday) about 15+ states have significantly lowered their Wuflu restrictions or eliminated them altogether. One CNBC story I found had as part of its headline “…despite warnings” and in the opening graf noted that the Biden administration had asked those states to slow down. I giggled at that. It’s not going to happen. We have reached the one-year anniversary of “two weeks to flatten the curve.” In my purely anecdotal scanning of Facebook, I noticed that the “wear your mask!” scolds had died out. BUT…as soon as the news started coming out that states were lifting mask mandates, the wailing and gnashing of teeth began anew.
Some states lifted mandates and returned to full capacity in restaurants, gyms, etc. with little to no fanfare and thus were not commented on, at least not immediately. Or they are states, like Mississippi, which our political elites and those who follow them, believe deserve anything bad that happens to them. Cue my eyeroll. The arrogance and condescension that has been laid bare this past year is astounding.
I saw the meme below on FB and just groaned and rolled my eyes (again). The mind-twisting propaganda is strong in this one. Clearly, if you do not wear a mask in public, you are not humble, kind, nor do you care about your community. This has NOTHING to do with any science of any sort. Oh, there’s an attempt in the “Humility” point…I might be asymptomatic but a super spreader, therefore I owe it to you to be humble about my killing ability.
Bullshit. There are numerous studies that demonstrate that asymptomatic spread is most definitely NOT a thing. The numbers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship are among the most clear on that. If asymptomatic spread was a thing, everybody on that ship should have been infected, and they weren’t. Fear of asymptomatic spread has been used to control a perfectly healthy population via mask mandates. Even the head of WHO’s emerging disease unit stated that asymptomatic spread is “very rare”. So, there’s no need to have “humility” and wear a mask.
If you or a loved one are so vulnerable, perhaps you shouldn’t be out in public? Yes, you absolutely have a right to be out in public if you wish. However, you do not have a right to restrict me based on the fact that YOU ARE TAKING THAT RISK. It’s a risk that you and your loved one decided to take. Your risk is NOT my problem.
What makes you think I will agree to restricting my own freedoms to lower your risk…which you are voluntarily taking? If you decide to go bungee jumping, I’m not standing at the bottom to catch you in case the cord breaks. Why must I wear a mask so that you can take the risk of going into public with a mask that studies have shown does nothing to prevent any transmission of anything (except perhaps oxygen)? You’re at risk and want to go out in public around other people? Get yourself and N95 mask or other respirator and head on out.
The second point was “Kindness” because you don’t know if the person you’re interacting with has a loved one at home who’s vulnerable. Why must I worry about that? If I’m caring for somebody, I’m taking on the responsibility of ensuring I don’t bring home anything life-threatening. I have zero expectations that the wider world will fall in line with what I want. Why do others expect the world to bend to their will? (Don’t answer that, I know why.)
There are those who will say I’m callous and uncaring. No. I’m not. If you’re vulnerable due to age and/or a compromised immune system, or a vulnerable loved one at home, I want you to stay safe. I want you to avoid contact with the public. Stay home. Believe it or not, there are a myriad of things, in addition to Wuflu, that will pile on to your compromised immune system and take you out in a heartbeat.
As far as caring about my community…that’s why we need to fully open and repeal the mask mandates. The community is dying! Economic transactions are necessary for the community to thrive. We need to be out and about with no restrictions. If you care about your community you will support reopening and no mandates. That shows that you care about your neighbors who have a small business, or had a job at one of those businesses. Support for removing the mask mandate means you care about those who have asthma and can’t breathe well with a mask. You care about those (like me) who get claustrophobic when wearing a mask for an extended period of time.
I always go outside unmasked and I will always do so. If I have to go into a business, I will wear a mask because I don’t want to bring problems for the business. I have noticed that there are more unmasked people out and about than previously. Don’t get me wrong, the masked and fearful still outnumber the unmasked, but there are more unmasked.
Yesterday while we were out walking I felt like we were in “The Sting”…I wanted to tap my finger against my nose as we passed others who were unmasked. Instead, we all exchanged small knowing smiles that were both greeting and acknowledgement of unmasking.
You know how all the self-help gurus say that you must take care of yourself before you can take care of others? This is the same thing. Quit worrying about how others feel about you, quit trying to take care of the rest of the world by wearing a mask. Remove your own stress and then and only then, worry about the people near and dear to you. You are not obligated to worry and stress over the health and well-being of the rest of the world. If we all constrain our worry to our own little corner, then all the corners of the world will fare better.
Go out and breathe free! Take off the face diaper!
Unmask yourself! Enjoy normal life again!