Over on the Book of Faces I received a 3 Day ban for this:
“Incorrect information that could cause harm” was the specific charge.
Look, you might worship at the shrine of the CDC, think Fauci should be nominated for canonization (never mind that he’s still alive), and follow every instruction that comes from his mouth with slavish adherence (two masks? Of course). However, whether one agrees with the pronouncements or not (I have my own opinion) those recommendations do have downsides that one would be well advised to keep in mind.
Yes, staying home does mean that you’re avoiding sunlight and fresh air. Now perhaps that’s a good thing where you are. Perhaps the air in your house is filtered and of better quality than the smog choked air outside. (Presuming you live in a place with a serious smog problem and presuming your house has that kind of filtration–most don’t.) And you may be all “sun? Skin cancer? No!” and get adequate vitamin D from supplements. More power to you, but one cannot deny that “stay home” orders or recommendations do mean avoiding fresh air and sunshin.
Look, even if we assume that masks are significantly helpful in slowing the spread of Winnie the Flu (virus particles are too small to be stopped by the mask and droplets carrying said particles which might be stopped by a mask only carry something like 3 feet even without a mask so social distancing, or even just recognizing personal space, should be more than adequate, but let’s assume), the fact remains that having a piece of cloth or the filter material of medical masks over your face provides a prime breeding ground for bacteria. Every time you cough, sneeze, or even exhale bacteria from your mouth and nose are deposited on the inner surface of the mask. Every time you walk past a bathroom that has been recently flushed you pick up bacteria and even fecal matter on the mask surface. It’s microscopic to be sure and you never notice it, but it’s there. And your continued breathing provides a warm moist environment for the bacteria to grow and to be ingested.
Normally, the levels of bacteria that are already in your body, and that you’ve breathed out, the amounts you pick up in passing a bathroom, or when out and about, don’t do you any harm. Your immune system is more than adequate to deal with them. But normally, you don’t have a culture dish strapped across your face allowing them to grow and multiply until they are too much for your immune system to handle and you get sick.
Doctors, using masks in hospitals and their offices replace those masks frequently. The masks are either disposed of or sterilized before reuse. How often do most people replace their own masks?
Continuing down the list, if people are restricted from going out, from going to the park, bars and restaurants, bowling alleys, whatever, then what exactly are they going to do except stay home and watch television or play on their computers?
“Unknown chemicals” might be a bit of an overstatement, it’s not much of one. The vaccines in question are still experimental. No studies of long-term effects have been carried out on them because there hasn’t been time for any such studies. Basically, the population is being used as one, gigantic, clinical trial. And it’s being done without proper informed consent. And to “encourage” people to participate in this clinical trial the President of the United States gives them a binary choice: “the rule is very simple: Get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do.”
And what have we been doing but instill a sense of fear and anxiety in our children, the very ones least at risk from Winnie the Flu? We teach them that a bare face is a threat, a danger. We have children now over a year old who have never seen a bare face other than their own parents’. That, in itself, is an experiment in psychology, performed once again without any possible informed consent and on young children.
And, well, the mere fact of my current stint in FaceBook Jail underscores the final statement.
Look, one might argue that all these things are justified, that the risk of Covid 19, or as I like to call it, Winnie the Flu, is so great that it justifies all the ancillary harm it does. That might even be a defensible argument, provided one actually measures “died from CV19” from “died from ‘X’ while also having CV19.” (A person with advanced cancer, months past his expected survival time, who happens to contract CV19 and then dies most likely died because of the cancer, not the Coronavirus.) But in the real world there are rarely solutions only tradeoffs. More of one “good thing” means less of another. Less of one “bad thing” means more of another. And you can’t navigate the best course if you can’t even discuss the downsides–the good we have to give up for the “good” of the proposal, the bad we get in exchange for the bad the proposal is supposed to deal with. And even more rarely is the same “optimum tradeoff” of these goods against those bads the same for everyone. But government invariably applies the same tradeoff to everyone.
Even if one wishes to make the argument that all these restrictions, of which masks are a part, are worth the downside, that does not mean that you get to just ignore that downside. And while it may be worth it to you, what gives you the right to make that decision for someone else, someone who, perhaps, has different issues. Does your feeling that a mask is worth the problems make it so for a rape victim who suffers severe PTSD every time anything is placed over her face? Does it make it so for the combat vet who left 40% of his lung function in the sands of Kuwait and ends up in gasping fits in mere minutes trying to breath through a piece of cloth? Or how about the athlete who can’t train with breathing even a little bit restricted? And how about those kids and the psychological damage of not seeing human faces in person outside their own family?
None of those are hypotheticals. All of them are people I know personally. And they tend to be dismissed because people even attempting to discuss the downsides…well, 3 day ban on Facebook.
“By holding gun on everyone on Earth and calling it protection? This isn’t freedom; this is fear.”
Cap has always got a way with words. (Or he used to; some of the current incarnations not so much.)