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Response to LisaL (Reply #108)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 03:46 PM

109. No.

You said "will protect" and that precisely represents that false sense of security. Masks only reduce the probability of transmission and only when used properly. Also, a sick person has reduced likelihood of maintaining protocols.

When an infected person coughs, the mask loses its seal and vapor is expelled from around the mask in many directions. Let's be clear as well that vaporized and aerosolized materials do not behave in ways that common sense dictates.

As a theory, I can't entirely disagree with your last statement. Perhaps I'm being overly cynical but again - considering American culture - wearing masks creates complacency and carelessness with other protective measure such as not going into places we don't need to and the consciousness of frequent hand washing. It reminds me of the people who carry guns thinking it will prevent them from being shot.

There's also the issue of knowing how to handle masks that have been used. Any mask that has been donned in public should be treated like any other known contaminated object.

Would most Americans know how to remove and store or dispose of used masks?

Let me be clear: I'm not relating this to you specifically, but instead thinking of the average working-class citizen along with our very careless class of young people (and many Republicans) that believe they are invincible.

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