Will you keep wearing a mask after the pandemic is over? (15 Viewers)

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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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To answer the question, no. I won't wear it all the time. I do think making it the normal to wear if you're sick will be tough.
 
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My wife is an educator. They've been teaching in person since September. Where are schools not opening? Is it more up north?
I know of some schools in Minnesota that are still closed. The governor recently pushed down a mandatory order to have brick and mortar schools open. It's interesting because Minnesota is a pretty health conscious state, and yet they have been one of the most defiant of American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations to allow children to go back to school because social isolation was more damning that COVID in that cohort. Largely political.

Here's a website that says where each state is at regarding your question:

 

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My wife is an educator. They've been teaching in person since September. Where are schools not opening? Is it more up north?
Pretty much - California too, I think.

At one point Fairfax County (DC suburb) teachers said they wont go back until not just the teachers but all the STUDENTS are vaccinated (2022?)

 

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There's some confusion on that point. Back in March & April 2020 ... yeah, that WAS the CDC guidance. Just cover your mouth and nose and unless you were working in close contact with COVID patients, a tight seal (or an N95) was not necessary.

Then late last month ... the official guidance changed, ostensibly in response to the increased transmissibility of the newer variants (variants!). That's where the double-masking advice came from -- the single cloth mask as normally worn is no longer considered sufficient source control/personal protection because of the typical gaps at the sides and near the nose/below the eyes. Now, they're saying either a tight seal (N95s, or plastic brackets for surgical masks, etc.) or else a second mask is recommended.

Just giving the info, not advocating one way or the other.
Wearing a mask so tight that it hurts your ears doesn't mean it won't have gaps.

"Cloth masks", those vary. I have cloth masks,but the ones I have are triple layered and come with a pocket for a filter. They fit very snugly on my face and I can wear them for hours.
 

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Pretty much - California too, I think.

At one point Fairfax County (DC suburb) teachers said they wont go back until not just the teachers but all the STUDENTS are vaccinated (2022?)

Sort of. They're phasing in segmented in person classes in March. That said, the teachers here have been stalling in class for as long as they can. It's overkill imo.
 

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Not picking at you specifically, but that’s kind of where norms come into play. If say, we are still ramping up vaccines and the CDC says to wear masks, and I’m in a state that doesn’t require them (rhymes with Plorida), I will continue to wear one.
I was under the impression he meant when the virus was over. Once the herd immunity is met and all the rules are over I will not wear a mask. However if a store owner decides to continue requiring it I will respect their wishes.
 
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I was under the impression he meant whether virus was over. Once the herd immunity is met and all the rules are over I will not wear a mask. However if a store owner decides to contextually requiring it I will respect their wishes.
That's reasonable.
 

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I was under the impression he meant whether virus was over. Once the herd immunity is met and all the rules are over I will not wear a mask. However if a store owner decides to contextually requiring it I will respect their wishes.
If the virus is eradicated, sure, back to normal, whatever that is. Heh.
 

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100% no.

Don’t wear one now.

Haven’t got Covid.

I’m in and around people all the time.

The people at my work don’t wear one.

None of them.

The people at the restaurants we frequent weekly never wear one. (The workers are required to and they wear them).

And Trump’s vaccine? Zero chance I will put a vaccine, created in a lab....still undetermined the lasting effects, into my body to stop a disease that I haven’t got.

Watching Fauci rip his off as soon as the camera he was talking to turned off , and people in the background have them hanging down on their ear around him.....I’ll follow his lead and not sweat it.

The schools here are wide open, have been open all year every day since August....the kids there are not wearing them.

I honestly feel bad to people who choose to cover their face so often, it’s so hard to breathe and so many people getting these positive results are mask wearers.

I just can’t believe it’s healthy to not breathe in and out comfortably.

I know people are going to think I’m an idiot, selfish, etc...but oh well. I’m going to continue to live like I want to.

I know in my heart I’m not spreading this, and I also know for a fact the people I associate with aren’t getting it.

I do agree with wearing one when I am actively sick and need to go somewhere......like they do in China pre Covid. I hadn’t done that before but will start that practice.

But wearing a mask when I’m not sick? Not going to do that.
 
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100% no.

Don’t wear one now.

Haven’t got Covid.

I’m in and around people all the time.

The people at my work don’t wear one.

None of them.

The people at the restaurants we frequent weekly never wear one. (The workers are required to and they wear them).

And Trump’s vaccine? Zero chance I will put a vaccine, created in a lab....still undetermined the lasting effects, into my body to stop a disease that I haven’t got.

Watching Fauci rip his off as soon as the camera he was talking to turned off , and people in the background have them hanging down on their ear around him.....I’ll follow his lead and not sweat it.

The schools here are wide open, have been open all year every day since August....the kids there are not wearing them.

I honestly feel bad to people who choose to cover their face so often, it’s so hard to breathe and so many people getting these positive results are mask wearers.

I just can’t believe it’s healthy to not breathe in and out comfortably.

I know people are going to think I’m an idiot, selfish, etc...but oh well. I’m going to continue to live like I want to.

I know in my heart I’m not spreading this, and I also know for a fact the people I associate with aren’t getting it.

I do agree with wearing one when I am actively sick and need to go somewhere......like they do in China pre Covid. I hadn’t done that before but will start that practice.

But wearing a mask when I’m not sick? Not going to do that.
You do realize that you can unknowingly transmit the virus if you're asymptomatic, right? Millions of people wear masks every day without any issues. Masks don't inhibit breathing. They feel uncomfortable, sure, but for the sake of others, I mask up when in public.

Trump's vaccine? Lol, the type of vaccine being used has actually been researched and studied for 10+ years. This isn't some new sort of thing that just came on the scene.

As for the rest...I don't know where you live, but here, there are still too many cases not to be masked up. My oldest son had it last month. So not wearing masks here in public is straight up irresponsible. Schools are still from home, although they're scheduled to start opening back up next month.

In your heart? Does your heart tell you the earth is flat? That 2+2=10? The heart can be and often is wrong. Science, vaccine development and approval isn't based on anecdotal, uncorroborated evidence that hasn't been peer reviewed.

Anyway, this has been discussed at length for a year now. If none of what's been discussed has sunk in by now, then :shrug:.
 
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100% no.

Don’t wear one now.

Haven’t got Covid.

I’m in and around people all the time.

The people at my work don’t wear one.

None of them.

The people at the restaurants we frequent weekly never wear one. (The workers are required to and they wear them).

And Trump’s vaccine? Zero chance I will put a vaccine, created in a lab....still undetermined the lasting effects, into my body to stop a disease that I haven’t got.

Watching Fauci rip his off as soon as the camera he was talking to turned off , and people in the background have them hanging down on their ear around him.....I’ll follow his lead and not sweat it.

The schools here are wide open, have been open all year every day since August....the kids there are not wearing them.

I honestly feel bad to people who choose to cover their face so often, it’s so hard to breathe and so many people getting these positive results are mask wearers.

I just can’t believe it’s healthy to not breathe in and out comfortably.

I know people are going to think I’m an idiot, selfish, etc...but oh well. I’m going to continue to live like I want to.

I know in my heart I’m not spreading this, and I also know for a fact the people I associate with aren’t getting it.

I do agree with wearing one when I am actively sick and need to go somewhere......like they do in China pre Covid. I hadn’t done that before but will start that practice.

But wearing a mask when I’m not sick? Not going to do that.
I know someone who does vaccine clinical trial research. They perform titers on all subjects before receiving the vaccine. According to this person, well over 99% of people had titers positive to COVID. Meaning that we have all had some level of exposure. The tricky thing about COVID is that infectious levels peak on average 3 days before subjects get ANY symptoms. So for you to say that you or nobody you know has had COVID...well...statistically science says that’s highly improbable. Wearing masks is a pretty simple thing to do. Children in kindergarten are doing it.
 

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Wearing a mask so tight that it hurts your ears doesn't mean it won't have gaps.

"Cloth masks", those vary. I have cloth masks,but the ones I have are triple layered and come with a pocket for a filter. They fit very snugly on my face and I can wear them for hours.
Same. I've worn one for multiple flights to and from the Middle East and I was never uncomfortable.
 
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Can't argue with science.
“That’s where the truth lies, right down here in the gut. Do you know you have more nerve endings in your gut than you have in your head? You can look it up. Now, I know some of you are going to say, ‘I did look it up, and that’s not true.’ That’s ’cause you looked it up in a book. Next time, look it up in your gut. I did. My gut tells me that’s how our nervous system works.”
 

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