“That’s it! I quit!” Faulty mask thinking.

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      HassleCat
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      Here is another op-ed expressing frustration about masks and concluding the frustration justifies the decision to stop wearing a mask. Or something. I’m not quite clear on the ultimate decision. What strikes me about this and similar opinions is that they wander all over the map, confusing one thing with another and throwing away good information because we have received bad information. If you read carefully, it’s clear the author realizes the N-95 mask works, but rejects all masks because the effectiveness of other types was overstated. I find this mystifying. If one thing is clearly superior to other, similar things, it makes sense to choose the superior thing. The principle here seems to be that the inferiority of one thing demands rejecting the best of its kind. I think applying this notion to all aspects of life would result in some strange choices.

      I am done with masks. We’ve been idiotic about them since the beginning. (msn.com)

       

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      jbnw
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      From https://www.cbs8.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/prices-surge-for-kn95-and-n95-masks-how-to-and-reuse-them-to-save-money/509-e76fd98a-7ab4-4947-bc89-57ca2d8a6179 :

      Prices surge for KN95 and N95 masks; how to safely wash and reuse them to save money
      Prices go as high as $58 for a pack of 30 KN95 masks, nearly $80 for another pack and up to nearly $72 for a pack of 35 N95 masks.

      Apparently a new source of profit on the coronavirus. I would love to be done with masks, and there’s no way I will switch to N95 masks unless it’s required by law. Not encouraged – required.

      I posted in previous threads about a 45 minute fitting session for a N95 fitting session for a nurse practitioner friend – there were FOURTEEN brands tried for a proper fit. I’d love to see a discussion of how well an ill-fitting N95 mask works.

      When I’ve tried, they are effective on blocking my breath – so well that it blows air into my eyes. I could wear it when I turned it upside down – but I didn’t have a 45 minute fitting session with 14 brands either.

      I switched to cloth for long-term wear as I’ve had to do for band rehearsals (imagine having to take your mask on & off frequently depending the length of rests in the music) and for long-distance flights.

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        HassleCat
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        I have N-95 respirators because they are respirators, not masks. They filter the incoming air, so they protect me from all those other people who refuse to wear masks. I got tired of relying on others to do the right thing.

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          jbnw
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          I’ve been vaxxed as far as I can get vaxxed – that’s the protection, such as it is, that I can accept. And I know that protection is limited.

          Masks as mandated by law – well, only because I am a reasonably law-abiding citizen.

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