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    The New York Times Company | JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH | 6/30/20 | 7 min
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    • jeff
      Reading streakScribe
      1 month ago

      This is such a mess. I feel like this anger goes deeper than the mask themselves. The confusion about whether or not we should wear masks is one thing but it pales in comparison to the desperate situation that many have been forced into by the lockdown while trillions of dollars goes towards bailing out the largest corporations.

      That said I'm sure plenty of people are just angry about being told to wear a mask. How's it really any different than "No shoes. No shirt. No service." though? A "mask" or "face covering" is such broad terminology, too. I started to freak out while wearing an N95 respirator after being stuck in Home Depot for over an hour. Switching to a bandana makes a big difference in comfort. I've seen some people with full on reusable respirators and don't know how they can stand it.

      • chronotope
        ScoutScribe
        1 month ago

        Yeah. I don't think it just that though. So many of the videos are well dressed people at nice places. I think there is a lot of folks who just don't give a shit about others or genuinely believe that the virus is irrelevant or fake. There is a lot of stuff going wrong to make this happen.

        Yeah, I mean in theory a biz owner could require a mask regardless of law and the broadness should make it easy.

        I think comfort is a big deal, I've been using sports-style masks intended for people biking in highly polluted cities that come with replaceable filters and it has worked pretty well and been decently comfortable. But there are indeed a ton of options! Like, all it takes is to care about other people and go wear one of them. It's crazy to me considering in a number of other countries people will wear masks just for basic flus or if they even think they might be sick.

    • chronotope
      ScoutScribe
      1 month ago

      This is a sad statement on the affairs of America right now.