Why are people wearing their own masks and not forcing anyone else to do so not more considerate? What are the "multiple considerations"?I have no problem with people who choose to wear masks in their personal lives -- e.g., to the supermarket or on a train or plane.
I have problems with people who deny that masks have adverse effects, both on the wearer and others. I disagree that masking is a part of a "culture of consideration," or that cultures where voluntarily masking is higher are somehow more considerate. There are multiple considerations, but the mask-o-philes only see one.
Well, it fits a pretty typical pattern from the extreme right. First they are opposed to something and then they gradually move to wanting to ban that thing outright for everyone. Just look at what has happened with health education or books. First they wanted the option to opt their kids out of certain health-related topics or from reading certain books. But now they want to ban them outright. Despite their claims, it has NEVER been about freedom.I'm confused. Now Louis has a problem with other people choosing to mask as well? I thought he was all about PERSONAL FREEDOM.
Why are people wearing their own masks and not forcing anyone else to do so not more considerate? What are the "multiple considerations"?
The "hard of hearing/deaf" one is just funny to me, because they'll still be hard of hearing or deaf even if you speak to them without the mask.
Agree that it will be harder for them. I do not accept that it is less considerate to wear a mask around them. It is neither considerate nor inconsiderate. I don't enunciate my way through every word for the sake of everyone around me who might be hard of hearing or deaf, and there are a lot of people who mumble, so on. This is the simple truth, one I'm sure you understand very well.1) deaf, hard of hearing, people who rely on lip reading
2) foreign language speakers
Many people (both deaf and otherwise) lip read to an extent, and masks muffle sound for those who are hard of hearing. I find it torturous to speak or understand foreign languages - even ones where I ordinarily have proficiency - in a mask. Months of attempting to do so did not make things any better.
Definitely don't understand this one, please expound.3) children's education and development
Reading FACIAL expression, not body language, unless masks are somehow affecting the rest of your body. Same thing I said for 1) and 2) applies here. I don't display my emotions for anyone else's benefit, nor is there any one typical manner to be expressing emotions.4) difficulty in reading body language or emotion
Yeah, every cold and flu season, they have shown the people in Japan walking around with masks on for years. People wearing masks are why our cold and flu season was not as bad the last couple years. The US can go by Australia's flu season 6 months before ours. They had their worse flu season in five years. No masks and no immunity built up.Japanese people wearing a mask is definitely pretty much "cultural" at this point.
When did you last have Covid?I've been trying to research how long the vaccines last. I had Astra Zeneca shot 1 in April 2021, Astra Zeneca shot 2 in late June 2021 and then Pfizer booster shot 3 in December 2021.
The UK government are only rolling the second booster (4th shot) out to over 50s....so kids, and over 50s will all get protection but anyone 18-49 is shit out of luck for the winter? Last winter the booster shots were rushed through because WINTER!! But now apparently there's nothing to worry about?
I've had Covid twice now - both times incredibly mild symptoms but both times I was under the effects of the vaccines. I'm baffled by the government's approach and vaguely annoyed that I can't opt to have the 4th shot.
There's no indication at all that the UK government will open up further booster for under 50s yet.I had Covid the end of May and can get my 4th shot the end of November so you should be okay until December but if they open up earlier than that for you, for sure get it.
That's how life is in both the countries I've visited in the past year. I went to Tanzania 12/2021 and just got back from Oman about two weeks ago. In both places, the climate is favorable for most of life to take place outdoors, the population is young and fit, and the low density in most areas allows for natural social distancing. I also didn't meet anyone who had heard of an actual case.I’m in Morocco now and it’s like Covid is over. No masks and they said they only are having 10 cases a day in the whole country. They had a hard lockdown the first year and much of life takes place out of doors. I’m thinking that that’s why they’re doing so well with it. People I’ve talked to don’t know anyone who have had Covid and they look surprised when I tell them that I’m going to get my fifth shot when I get home. I don’t think they’re getting boosters here. Just the two and then back to normal life.
Of course this is just what I’ve been told by regular people I’ve met.
The confusion i believe surround the words: pandemic, endemic, epidemic: and how they are defined. There doesn't seem to be concensus on what those definitions are. How one defines pandemic - is it world wide or is it a cluster of countries. Or endemic when the disease becomes a consistent rate of infection with mortality/morbidity rates stable in particular area of the world. I believe it is possible for a disease to be both pandemic and endemic at the same time.A pandemic means the world, not just one country. Biden saying it is over ignores all the other countries. That said there are no firm criteria for case rates, etc.
A pandemic means the world, not just one country. Biden saying it is over ignores all the other countries.
The pandemic is even more "over" in most of the rest of the world. Americans, for whatever reason, seem intent on hanging onto their masks, their WFH, and their paranoia of catching a cold - which is what the virus has become for the vast majority of people, vaccinated or not.
Wouldn't you know that this time Biden is wrong, and you agree with him.Biden is absolutely right (and I don't say that often ).
In the US they are about 3x what a bad flu season would be. (Just an FYI for people who aren't keeping track)Deaths are many times what the flu season brings.
Honestly, masking on public transport seemed like it was already theoretical when I traveled from the US to Vancouver in late April. Masking was not required on US flights at that point, but the crew reminded us to make sure we were masked when we exited the plane. However, none of the staff or passengers from other flights in immigration seemed to be that rigorous even back then.
We flew to California and back in May.Honestly, masking on public transport seemed like it was already theoretical when I traveled from the US to Vancouver in late April. Masking was not required on US flights at that point, but the crew reminded us to make sure we were masked when we exited the plane. However, none of the staff or passengers from other flights in immigration seemed to be that rigorous even back then.