Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Health 'Experts' Finally Admit Masks Control People, Not Viruses

“…[S]urgical masks are NO LONGER ENOUGH for an airborne virus that’s transmitting as fast or faster than any virus known to mankind,” tweeted a paranoid professor from the University of Colorado at Boulder. The Washington Post jumped in too.


I wonder whether The Powers That Be (aka Those Who Must Be Obeyed) will decree we all have to wear N-95 masks, continue to rule that other, entirely ineffective masks be worn, or fall back on merely recommending masks and pretty much just giving up. I noticed at a little conference at USD (actually off campus) that the cool kids from UCLA and UC-Irvine were wearing these high-tech face masks. It's hard to describe them, but they had to cost $25 a pop if not more. I was somewhat jealous because all I had was my flimsy surgical mask, which I elected not to wear, because it's uncomfortable, doesn't do anything anyway, and I didn't want to give the UCLA Bruins and whatever UCI denizens call themselves any additional reason to feel superior. Now obviously we all will need N-95's if we want to have a chance of not getting the Omicron scariant, which most of us should and will probably just get anyway, since it's so mild, and probably whether we wear N-95's or not. Our friend Teresa caught Omicron. Presumably because she's not in good health and is immunocompromised, it really knocked her back, but she did stay out of the hospital at least. In any event, I predict the N-95 will become the new Karen-approved face covering for those rare occasions when one wants to signal virtue, rather than paradoxically signal non-virtue, such as by going out to dinner at the French Laundry, going clubbing or to a fancy wedding. Of course, I am not an expert of the ins and outs of all this signaling. It's like knowing what the cool sort of sneakers to wear currently is. What all this has to do with public health, I have no idea, but I know it's not much. It's more like whether one put an American flag on one's car after 9/11, which I did but most of my colleagues did not. Actually, I also put a SOCOM sticker on my truck that I got from a former student who was a Navy SEAL. I felt deep down that it would really piss off all the right people to piss off, and I'm sure I was right about that.

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I know the blue surgical masks don't work because I had read a few research papers before ever the pandemic came acalling. I don't know about N95s, but if the same people who insisted that the blue masks worked insist that the N45s work I'll just assume that they are lying again.

Posted by: dearieme | Jan 5, 2022 2:11:11 PM