“We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right.”
– George Orwell
At the time of this blog entry, we are currently in month four of the COVID-19 pandemic. In all honesty, I wasn’t expecting the COVID insanity to last as long as it has. In my home state, the majority of activities have resumed as normal, but yet ridiculous precautions still remain in effect.
Among the most persistent, is the “requirement” that you need to be wearing a mask in public places where social distancing isn’t possible. What I find truly disturbing, is there seems to be no indication of when “mask madness” will be lifted… Even more disturbing, is it seems to be becoming a fad. I’ve actually seen people matching their mask to their clothing. A truly terrifying sight to see, as it potentially indicates that at least a percentage of the population are expecting masks to be “the new norm”.
Yet the majority of masks being worn, are not designed to stop viral particles from spreading, so what is really going on?
The majority of makes I see people wearing, are the standard surgical masks. They have no filtering capability, and the idea is they can stop the spread of COVID because they will prevent droplets which contain the virus from spreading. However, even the Mayo clinic admits that no type of surgical mask has been approved by the FDA to stop the spread of COVID-19.
A step up from surgical masks are the N95 masks, which function more as a respirator. However, some of these masks have valves on them, which release unfiltered air when the wearer exhales. Thus, they don’t actually stop the spread of viral particles, and have actually been banned from being used in some places.
The final type of mask I’ve seen being worn by the general public, are home made cloth makes. Yep, ladies and gents this includes anything from using a sock, to any piece of clothing. I’ve actually even seen someone wearing a big wool scarf around their face. You know, the ones with large holes in it…….
If none of these masks are stopping the transmission of viral particles, then why are we being asked to wear them?
Masks Masks Everywhere:
I’ve indicated above, that there is evidence to suggest that the vast majority of masks the public are wearing, are not actually capable of stopping the transmission of viral particles. What I provided above, is by no means the only source suggesting as much, but the purpose of this blog is not to get anyone to believe anything, only to suggest there is more we don’t know, compared to what we do.
If you are wondering, why these masks could be ineffective, it may have something to do with the actual size of the majority of viral particles. If you’re interested you can read an interesting article by clicking here.
In addition to having to wear masks in public settings, I’ve noticed that many people are wearing them in the most ridiculous places. I’ve even seen people wearing them, as they are driving around in their vehicles by themselves. In at least once instance, I’ve seen someone wearing masks and gloves while driving alone. Recently the Division of Emergency Management in Texas has even advised people they should wear masks when they are in their own homes…… In my opinion, Texans should tell them to F*** Off.
I’ve seen individuals walking down the street wearing them, hell I’ve even seen advertisements for products displaying people wearing masks.
I’m sorry, but when I see people walking around outside with a mask on. I picture someone swimming off the Florida coast, wearing a snorkel only to protect them from a barnacle floating off the coast of Australia……..Needless to say, a snorkel isn’t going to protect you from a barnacle.
COVID-19 Fear is Madness….
Let’s cut to the chase, mask madness in actuality is the result of fear. The fear of the unknown, the fear of death, the fear of non-conformity, just raw fucking fear. The fact there is still a debate going on, regrading how COVID-19 spreads (i.e. droplets, air, both…..), is just another reason why we should ask more questions before we acquiesce like a bunch ofsheeple.
I actually know people, who are afraid to leave their homes because they believe COVID-19 will get them if they do. I know even more people, who just accept what they are being told by someone else regarding the “virus”. So very few, question what really goes on around us. The numbers are increasing, but the scale has yet to be tipped, but it will be.
I’m going to end today by sharing an experience I recently had. A little over a week ago, I decided to pay a visit to a local park. I was restless and wanted to spend a little time in nature. I brought along my Sony camera, and was looking forward to working on my nature photography skills.
When I arrived at the park, I was disappointed to find that the park’s pond had been overtaken by an algae bloom. Probably due to the odd weather we’ve had in my area this summer. Additionally, although the park is large, I only saw a few other people present. As I made around, I noticed that the playground, as well as all of the pavilions where people could sit had been roped off with caution tape. In addition there was signs, indicating these areas were closed due to COVID-19.
Really, I thought. This was a place, that on a good day didn’t see many people, yet someone had decided to dress them up as a crime scene. To be blunt, it was a sad sight. I wasn’t long, before a storm started to blow in and I had to leave. I didn’t get to take any good photos that day, but I did snap one. The below image is a good example of what fear does to people.
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