Um, wasn’t that rather the point of mask mandates, so that people could get out and about more? That if we were going to be in proximity with other people we should wear them?
New research published in Scientific Reports has found that people spent less time at home after face mask mandates were implemented, although investigators do not know whether this exposed Americans to a greater risk of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection.
Investigators used anonymized location data from smart devices to examine changes in behavior of residents 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after mask mandates were implemented in regions of the United States. They found that residents spent between 11 and 24 more minutes outside their homes after a face mask mandate was issued, even as COVID-19 rates were rising.
Individuals increased trips to a variety of places—most often restaurants and other eateries, as well as to recreational locations such as parks. The investigators said these were likely trips that they were not taking prior to the mask mandate. When people are expected to wear a mask, they perceived a lower risk associated with leaving home and visiting public locations, according to the study.
The researchers said they do not know whether this behavior increased or reduced infections. The central question asked whether masks are effective enough to offset the risks of exposure when increasing time outside of the home. The answer depends on the relative effectiveness of masks, whether they are worn properly, and other behaviors. Cases of COVID-19 increased in some states and decreased in others despite mask orders, the study noted.
I wonder if there’s a way to conduct a study to see if people were more likely to get too close to other people because they were wearing masks. Because that’s my experience, especially as time went on and we got into summer. People get too close. I’ve said again and again I practice social distancing, wash the hell out of my hands throughout the day many, many times, and do not touch. The masking made people think they were invulnerable and had them getting too close. I’ve had a few blowups with a few at work who get too close. I’d prefer not to catch COVID and be sick and not working for at least 14 days. How about you? Yes, the chance of surviving is very high, but, I’ve known people with it and they got miserable sick, and had the symptoms, like being out of breath and energy, stick around for weeks to months.
I Wore This Breathable Face Mask On an 8-Day Hiking Trip
Now, it’s quickly become my go-to for errands, workouts, and everything in between. It’s my best quarantine purchase to date.
Yes, this is a mask review, but, my question is “why in the heck did you wear a mask while out hiking in the wilderness with almost no one near you?” COVIDstupid.
Double masking was recently endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with the agency noting that it’s just one way to improve the fit and filtration of your mask. A tighter fitting mask will help prevent potentially contaminated respiratory droplets from leaking out of your mask, which could infect others and heighten the spread of COVID overall. And improving the filtration of your mask will also help protect you from breathing in contaminated droplets from others, blocking them with higher efficiency. However, double masking is not the right choice in every situation. Keep reading to find out when the CDC warns against double making, and for more guidance on what not to do, If You’re Layering These Masks, the CDC Says to Stop Immediately.
This seems more about normalizing double masking. Piss off. And take you double masking with you.
Americans may soon be able to choose between two clearly labeled levels of face mask protection while browsing store shelves.
The new national mask standard outlines minimum fit, design, performance and testing requirements for face masks and would require user instructions, package labeling and a permanent tag on the product.
First, this seems like something that the Powers That Be are going to continue pushing, and second, they want to force us to wear only Approved masks. After telling us “just wear something. Anything. Protect yourself”.
Because the Powers That Be want to keep the pain going, in order to keep people used to being controlled by Government. Fortunately, 20 states are refusing to cooperate with this stuff.
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