So, I actually had trouble wrapping my head around this for a while. People were saying the mask does not protect the wearer, it protects others. I did not get it - if virus particles were big enough to get out of the mask, then they were big enough to get in. An article eventually explained though that masks protect others in case you are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic. That sort of makes sense. I really think they screwed up big time in terms of mask usage. First they said we did not need masks, then they said we did, sort of. The messaging has been pretty horrible and confusing.
I have yet to wear a mask. Canada has less mask wearers than the USA, and I live rurally, and rural citizens wears mask less often than urbanites...for obvious reason.
I live in Ontario. There are currently about 4000 unresolved cases in Ontario. 65% are in Toronto (I am not in Toronto) and I am not sure what percentage are in long term care facilities, but it is huge. This is all to say I do not think I have Covid. There are 14 000 000 people in Ontario, and the math does point to me currently having it. If the math changes, I might make different decisions. I am more than willing to stay 6 feet away from people as well.
All this is to say know your area and make your decisions accordingly.
I do think mask wearing might offer some protection, but I am not going to do it. And yeah, it is not my job to wear a mask when the risk is pretty darn low to make someone else feel (not *be* in any appreciable way) safer. Masks are gross in many ways and I think they do have some health ramifications. I will appease peoples worries by staying 6 feet away from them. That is what I am going to do. I cannot really abide shaming of non-mask wearers either. All these "I wear a mask for you" post on FB and the like are annoying - they remind me of the "I vaccinate for you" posts.
There is a battle of two wolves inside us. One is good and the other is evil. The wolf that wins is the one you feed.
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Last edited by kathymuggle; 06-02-2020 at 12:31 PM.