So I just saw this article about Dr Fauci predicting that people will be wearing masks well into 2022 and all I can say is…
Because of course we will. And should. And for possibly forever. At least during the usual “cold and flu season” from October – March. I mean, why wouldn’t we? It’s been shown that mask-wearing prevents not only coronavirus contagion, but also regular flu and the good ol’ common cold.
This has been the first year ever that I haven’t had my annual Christmas Cold. And anything that would help with not contracting ANY kind of flu is pretty much okey-dokey with me.
Meanwhile we have some government officials saying that we will be “back to normal” by April, others still trying to “save summer” tourism (because “saving Christmas” went so well?)… but Dr. Fauci maintains we will see nothing close to “normal” again until next year. How do you feel about that? I find it’s almost reassuring to have a more realistic “end” in sight, even though it’s going to be tough going.
I’m fine with masks in public indefinitely. Hell, that’s how places like Hong Kong have operated for yonks. Think of the savings on things like makeup, electrolysis, cosmetic dentistry.
I get so sick of these people who want to jump RIGHT BACK INTO THE POOL. It’s never going to be exactly the same, why aren’t we retooling all the things that have always been done in what are now COVID killing bottles to adapt? Some kids love the home learning thing, so find a way to make that work for parents. (I have mixed feelings about all the bitching: you decided to have ’em, you had the option of NOT having ’em, did you expect someone to always be there to take ’em off your hands?) Redraw the standards for indoor spaces. Stop making people show up in person for problems that can be solved remotely, just to inflict a dick-dance. (The chain that took over my gym, last I heard, was refusing to cancel memberships unless members showed up at a location in person; that should be illegal.) Just assume we will always have some version of this problem.
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It’s like we all got used to accepting the idea that we would probably catch a cold or get the flu during the winter (with flu shots available) without ever suggesting the easiest way of not getting infected would be to take simple precautions.
But we live in a different world now, and those who can’t accept that do so not only at their own peril but – very sadly – at our peril too.
I can’t breathe well in a mask. It takes effort to remember to breathe properly, slow down and make the effort, otherwise I am suddenly hyperventilating, etc. But so what? That’s on me, and that’s fine. I am getting better at remembering to breathe.
Re: your gym. Shame them on Twitter and for sure they will be giving you whatever you want. It’s not nice to have to resort to that, but sometimes they give you no other choice.
Well, I’m not planning on cancelling — I have the cheapest membership they sell and it is literally more trouble now to cancel another six months or so than it’s worth. When people are vaccinated, I’ll be back there. But some people had fancier memberships that let them use multiple clubs and the massage chairs and so on, or just were done with them and were told this show up in person nonsense. You can bet Twitter is where I found out.
Deb Barnes said:
I’m absolutely fine with the continued use of masks for the foreseeable. It seems to me like the considerate thing to do, keeping more of your germs to yourself. (Mind you, I can’t imagine having to wear a mask with a stinking cold…how do you even sneeze? Ew!)
I don’t understand the desperate need for holidays. Generally on holiday all bets are off and your usual common sense gets left at home. Why would you want to be outin the world at the moment without your common sense helping keep you safe?
That said…it’s almost a year now since I’ve seen my mum in person. That was when I saw her for 5 days last March. I haven’t seen my stepdad for nearly a year & a half. I know people say things like “Stay apart now so everyone will still be around to get together later”, but I know from personal experience that tragedy can move fast. My first stepdad died in a boating accident when my mum was hundreds of miles away visiting me. A sudden, abrupt, shocking absence of that person from the world. My husband died 8½ months after being diagnosed suddenly, with no prior warning, of pancreatic cancer. Not as fast but just as shocking. So I have mixed feelings about travel. I want them to come visit the family…but I don’t want them leaving their safe little bubble until they’re vaccinated and the numbers have gone down.
Maybe instead of wearing masks when we have stinking colds we should stay home and not spread it around? That would help with the sneezing issue. 😉
First thing I thought when I read about that plane engine catching on fire last week was 228 PEOPLE ON BOARD AND 10 CREW. From Denver to Hawaii. Didn’t sound like essential travel to me.
Your situation is a tough one, especially with your history of loss. But yeah, imagine if they came to visit and then got sick. I haven’t been on any public transport since last March. When I see people packed onto city buses here I just don’t get it.
Vaccines are going very slowly here. I think they are still just doing over 80s and teachers at the moment. Meanwhile, Sevilla is now at Level 2 and they are loosening the restrictions a bit. Not for me though. I’m staying at Level 4.