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(23,218 posts)
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 02:17 AM Jul 2022

Are You and Your Loved Ones Still Masking Up?

BA.5 is not the "sniffles."

Imagine being fully vaccinated and boosted and not being able to breathe enough to even eat for over a month, despite being young, without health issues and still coughing to where your ribs feel like they're cracking.

Mask up, this isn't over!

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Are You and Your Loved Ones Still Masking Up? (Original Post) OhioChick Jul 2022 OP
Yes Meowmee Jul 2022 #1
Glad you are....... OhioChick Jul 2022 #2
Yes Meowmee Jul 2022 #5
It's going to be here forever regardless. BannonsLiver Aug 2022 #25
Post removed Post removed Aug 2022 #26
You aren't aware that most experts believe it will never be fully eradicated? BannonsLiver Aug 2022 #27
DU is the last place I still see people talking about COVID being over. Ace Rothstein Aug 2022 #28
Absolutely!! Still not eating indoors at restaurants. 7wo7rees Jul 2022 #3
I mostly stay home; only out to church and drugstore as needed. No Vested Interest Jul 2022 #4
me no selfish asshole Skittles Jul 2022 #6
Do you think Jill Biden is? BlackSkimmer Jul 2022 #9
Reckless at best considering Joe actually has COVID-19 Blues Heron Jul 2022 #12
I know, and I find it very curious. I can't remember what White House function I saw recently BlackSkimmer Jul 2022 #13
Life continues, just masked. Grokenstein Jul 2022 #7
I work in a large food emporium and you bet I mask up. no_hypocrisy Jul 2022 #8
I stopped briefly.. luvs2sing Jul 2022 #10
Yes, never stopped. discntnt_irny_srcsm Jul 2022 #11
I never stopped wearing a mask in public, MarineCombatEngineer Jul 2022 #14
I am... myohmy2 Jul 2022 #15
Thank you all for your responses. n/t OhioChick Aug 2022 #16
Yes and I just got a new box of 20 N95s. nt GoodRaisin Aug 2022 #17
Thank you... OhioChick Aug 2022 #18
Oh, hell yeah! Waaay too risky not to! Plus now we have monkey pox in NYC. Sigh. electric_blue68 Aug 2022 #19
"We have Monkeypox in NYC" brooklynite Aug 2022 #34
I do, but I know omicron 5 can still get us. Even masked. herding cats Aug 2022 #20
That's what pisses me off had to take my husband Tree Lady Aug 2022 #23
Indoors, often. Outdoors, no. NT Happy Hoosier Aug 2022 #21
My husband stopped wearing one and it became Tree Lady Aug 2022 #22
If it's a crowded place, yes. Elessar Zappa Aug 2022 #24
Yep mvd Aug 2022 #29
Why do we keep having these threads? maxsolomon Aug 2022 #30
BECAUSE Skittles Aug 2022 #31
Exactly, Thank You n/t OhioChick Aug 2022 #32
People forget? How many times a week maxsolomon Aug 2022 #35
I would say EVERY FUCKING WEEK Skittles Aug 2022 #37
This OhioChick Aug 2022 #41
Virtue Signaling Ace Rothstein Aug 2022 #36
at 0.00000001% fescuerescue Aug 2022 #38
Define your terms. brooklynite Aug 2022 #33
Not since last Thanksgiving Shrek Aug 2022 #39
Very rarely these days. Mainly when going to Dr's offices. Other than that, mask free here. beaglelover Aug 2022 #40


(23,218 posts)
2. Glad you are.......
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 02:46 AM
Jul 2022

Most don't realize that vaccinations were created to be used in conjunction with masking.


(5,164 posts)
5. Yes
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 03:41 AM
Jul 2022

And also, most don’t want to wear masks anymore if they did because they think they are not high risk etc. and don’t really care about anyone else.

Response to BannonsLiver (Reply #25)

Ace Rothstein

(3,139 posts)
28. DU is the last place I still see people talking about COVID being over.
Mon Aug 1, 2022, 12:11 PM
Aug 2022

Everyone else seems to have accepted that it isn't going to ever go away. That's probably why there is such a huge disconnect between masking from what you see here and what you see in the wild. Most people aren't going to mask for the rest of their lives.


(5,128 posts)
3. Absolutely!! Still not eating indoors at restaurants.
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 03:05 AM
Jul 2022

I've made it thus far and kept my 86 year old mother with dementia safe, 7wo7rees safe (worked from home since 3/20) and me.

Well now, all bets off. Mr.7wo7rees left 1st week of June, reports coming in of many hours spent at a Poker Club....
My 86 year old mother I had to place in memory care facility a couple of weeks ago.

Me well, I felt pretty ok till this morning. I had to go in person to get my DL renewed. I texted a good friend, if I get Covid now, it is because of this place...... fingers crossed for us all.
(Not so much the guy hanging out in poker club).

Take care everyone! More and more fully vaxxed and boosted are being felled every darn day. I talk to them. They are working from home remotely. Nurses, techs, assistants, doctors. Same with restaurant industry. Short staffed and price increases are crushing them. And with price increases people aren't eating out so much.......

And just don't even get me started on this heat wave and drought that Texas is enduring with no end in sight. No reliable grid to provide energy but costs have been passed on to consumers and record profits are being posted up.

So yeah, be careful everyone. Buckle up. Stay safe.
I fear it is about to get very difficult again.




(51,308 posts)
9. Do you think Jill Biden is?
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 06:09 AM
Jul 2022

I watched her last outing, both in crowded outside areas and indoors.

No mask.

I've not seen many masks at most White House functions or even during the latest hearings. There are a few, but very few. What do they know that we don't?



(51,308 posts)
13. I know, and I find it very curious. I can't remember what White House function I saw recently
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 08:43 AM
Jul 2022

but Biden was not masked, nor was anyone else.

Obviously it's now considered a choice, but when our "leaders" don't mask up, people tend to think there's just no reason to do so.


(5,720 posts)
7. Life continues, just masked.
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 04:22 AM
Jul 2022

Planning on wearing one for the rest of whatever time I've got left. The trick is making it comfortable; I just knew shit-for-brains would make this a long-term thing so even before recommendations and mandates came I ordered a batch of these babies and wear a reusable mask over that. Each set gets the old "plastic jar shake weight" wash at day's end. Every button I touch outside on a regular basis is scarred by my keys. I wash my hands like a mofo.

Unfortunately, ninety percent of my coworkers immediately stopped masking the instant the mandates were overruled. And a lot of the guys sail right past the sinks in the restroom after doing their business. I've been avoiding no-masks like the plague, because they are.

I caught COVID-19 in its early days and even the milder original version damn near killed me. Went through the "cracking ribs" thing. Almost drowned in my own snot but in my sleep-deprived delirium I had no clue how close I came to dying until after I'd recovered. Don't want to deal with that ever again.


(45,998 posts)
8. I work in a large food emporium and you bet I mask up.
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 05:36 AM
Jul 2022

For me, for the customers, for my co-workers.

My sister got the Omnicron variant as well as my dear friend within a month. I'm not waiting for my turn.


(2,220 posts)
10. I stopped briefly..
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 06:24 AM
Jul 2022

When my county got down to 50 cases per 100,000. As soon as they were above that, the mask came back on. Except for stores. I will probably always mask in stores.


(12,240 posts)
14. I never stopped wearing a mask in public,
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 08:47 AM
Jul 2022

whether I'm making a pick up or delivery, or just out in the general public for whatever reason.

It's just common sense.


(3,137 posts)
15. I am...
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 09:09 AM
Jul 2022

...loved ones, not so much...

...I've never stopped masking in public...to be honest, I like not catching the average cold or flu too...who wants to go a week or two feeling miserable for any reason?

...I don't want the COVies either...but I understand how it could be very uncomfortable for someone to work in a mask for 8 hours+ everyday...

...for me, the walk through the parking lot, half hour in the store, is no big deal...but this is America, land of the free and the home of the brave...

...let those who want to die, die...


(14,797 posts)
19. Oh, hell yeah! Waaay too risky not to! Plus now we have monkey pox in NYC. Sigh.
Mon Aug 1, 2022, 03:15 AM
Aug 2022

Adding I never stopped wearing one.

Actually I dbl mask KN95, plus the blue one.

I've only eaten out on few occasions, and always in the
outside set up.

Meeting my sis for early dinner tomorrow (outside set up)


(94,267 posts)
34. "We have Monkeypox in NYC"
Tue Aug 2, 2022, 12:59 AM
Aug 2022

Yes we do; and a mask won’t help. It’s transmitted by skin to skin contact.

herding cats

(19,558 posts)
20. I do, but I know omicron 5 can still get us. Even masked.
Mon Aug 1, 2022, 03:52 AM
Aug 2022

My SIL was recently in the hospital for a non Covid matter. She masked, the doctors had multi layers of masks on (she felt insufficient seeing their game) and she caught Covid. She n95'd but caught Covid anyway. She's vaccinated but not boosted (foolish move) now she's autoimmune deficient (new) with Covid for over 3 weeks and they can't even treat her Covid issues due to her other health issues she's currently dealing with. Shes been in the hospital twice in the past month. Due to all of this mess.

Just a cautionary tale, if you have to go into an ER right now, layer the heck out of your masks if you're a vulnerable demographic.

Tree Lady

(11,418 posts)
23. That's what pisses me off had to take my husband
Mon Aug 1, 2022, 08:44 AM
Aug 2022

To ER and they kept us waiting for 4 hours to find out he had covid. I didn't want to be there or go but felt like I had to. In ER I sat away from everyone double masked and went outside a lot but it was 105 that day, ugh!

Then they basically told me you will get it.

Tree Lady

(11,418 posts)
22. My husband stopped wearing one and it became
Mon Aug 1, 2022, 08:39 AM
Aug 2022

A big area of arguing. I got tired of begging and realized if I ever catch covid it will be from him.

Fast forward to now. He is isolated in his room and bathroom only, so sick had to go to ER once, they gave him fluids and drugs and sent home. He felt like he was dying painful cough. He is better now but not over it.

I have been going nuts trying to sanitize and not catch it but yesterday I had headache and slight fever. No cough, I think I might be having mild case because I do wear a mask. Have been double masking around house while he has covid. I tested negative yesterday at home test, getting better test at appt tomorrow.

We are both vaccinated and boosted twice. My daughter who is manager of large dealership with 300 employees says a bunch are out with covid and they require all employees to mask up at work.


(33,225 posts)
30. Why do we keep having these threads?
Mon Aug 1, 2022, 12:23 PM
Aug 2022

It's not a binary question, Mask/No Mask.

You wear one when it's appropriate: enclosed spaces with employees are exposed to hundreds of strangers every day: the grocery, public transportation, picking up carry out food.

You DON'T need to wear one walking your dog around the block. It's OUTSIDE. Sure, you can, because you're immune-compromised and there is a non-zero chance (.00000001% is not zero) of outdoor transmission, but you're the exception. Most people are not immune-compromised.


(33,225 posts)
35. People forget? How many times a week
Tue Aug 2, 2022, 10:35 AM
Aug 2022

does DU need to be surveyed and reminded? We've been reminded frequently for over 2 years now. There are approximately zero Anti-maskers on DU.


(153,103 posts)
37. I would say EVERY FUCKING WEEK
Tue Aug 2, 2022, 04:42 PM
Aug 2022

based on the daily stories of DUers with Covid who wore a mask EXCEPT FOR THAT ONE TIME

and here's another tip: if you don't care for a certain subject, IGNORE IT, you are NOT REQUIRED to respond


(4,448 posts)
38. at 0.00000001%
Tue Aug 2, 2022, 04:49 PM
Aug 2022

It's probably about the same likelihood as it coming down the chimney and catching it in your living room.

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