Will you keep wearing a mask after the pandemic is over? (1 Viewer)

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Been hearing lots of talk about this online and on some podcasts.

Do you plan to keep wearing a mask(or two as suggested by the CDC) after the pandemic is considered over?
 
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The think I think people are forgetting is that we're not anywhere near out of the woods yet. We're certainly making progress, but vaccines have some lag time before they become fully effective, and like you stated, they're not 100%. Until we get something in the neighborhood of 70% vaccinated or immune, I'm planning to stay masked up in public.

What I'd be concerned about is becoming too "normal" too soon. Imo, we need to continue to remain vigilant to avoid other spikes.
Add in that until the world vaccine rate is much higher we're still at risk of a new variant which the vaccine and previous infection cannot protect against. I read and article which stated that with the millions of infections and frequency of mutation, it's a numerical certainty that this will occur. It probably has and we just haven't identified it yet actually.

So we could see ourselves right back to the beginning pretty quickly unfortunately.
 

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Add in that until the world vaccine rate is much higher we're still at risk of a new variant which the vaccine and previous infection cannot protect against. I read and article which stated that with the millions of infections and frequency of mutation, it's a numerical certainty that this will occur. It probably has and we just haven't identified it yet actually.

So we could see ourselves right back to the beginning pretty quickly unfortunately.
Yeah, guess we have to hope the mutations weaken rather than strengthen the virus.
 

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I will, but that's because I believe this virus will be around for much longer than most are afraid to admit despite the vaccines.
 
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My masks are too cool not to continue wearing.

I really don't get why people get so bent out of shape over a mask.
Because they are uncomfortable(even painful behind your ears), especially if you have to wear one all day because you are working in a place that deals with the public.

Also, most cool masks don't do a very good job of protection anyway unless you are double masking.

They are also a new added expense, quality N95 masks are not cheap.
 

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Because they are uncomfortable(even painful behind your ears), especially if you have to wear one all day because you are working in a place that deals with the public.

Also, most cool masks don't do a very good job of protection anyway unless you are double masking.

They are also a new added expense, quality N95 masks are not cheap.
While a lot of that is true, there are creative ways of wearing masks that don't involve wearing them behind the ears. They can be customized so that it's not as uncomfortable.

Sure, wearing them for extended periods of time is tough. The longest I've worn a mask is like 2 hours when I was doing a bit of shopping. I've been fortunate enough to be able to work from home since last March. I'd hate wearing them all day.
 
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While a lot of that is true, there are creative ways of wearing masks that don't involve wearing them behind the ears. They can be customized so that it's not as uncomfortable.

Sure, wearing them for extended periods of time is tough. The longest I've worn a mask is like 2 hours when I was doing a bit of shopping. I've been fortunate enough to be able to work from home since last March. I'd hate wearing them all day.
This is one of those things you really have to walk a mile in their shoes. Try working in a grocery store and having to wear your mask for 4-6 hour clips at a time(assuming a lunch for a full shift, so don't have to wear it 8 hours straight) . Yes there are breaks, but it's not at all uncommon to have to wear a mask that long for those types of workers.

Also, being creative with mask wearing means an ineffective seal for your mask. Unfortunately it's not about comfort, but rather efficacy of the seal.

Plus I would bet that many people use the same mask, day in and day out without washing or replacing it.
 

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Heck no. I comply now when I go to an establishment but will choose not to frequent any establishment that requires a mask - post authority requiring one. I was in FL last week. Thankfully some semblance of normalcy.
 

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Yeah, guess we have to hope the mutations weaken rather than strengthen the virus.
That's not really how survival of the fittest works.

If a mutation makes the a variant of the virus less successful in the wild, it will (most likely) either die out or be out-competed by a more contagious strain until it...dies out.
 
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COVID rates are on the decline in most places. As the population becomes vaccinated there will be little need to wear masks. If there is a 95% chance of immunity from the vaccine, including essentially a 100% chance of avoidance of significant illness...there is no reason to wear a mask after herd immunity arrives. The COVID vaccine will likely be an annual event, so the newer variants should be covered. Just like we don’t fear the flu to the point of socially distancing and wearing masks...we will get there with COVID.
 

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If I am some where that requires one then yes, other wise no.
 

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