By what month do you expect masks will no longer be
Jan 11, 2021, 4:26 PM
If we are already vaccinating everyone 70+ starting next week, I would think everyone who "needs it" will get it by the end of March. The people who refuse it, probably have no issues going rouge. Masks, obviously, aren't really doing much anyway.
Masks will be around for the rest of the year, prolly.
Jan 11, 2021, 4:35 PM
At least through summer. It will be another 2-3 months probably before they get all the over 70 crowd. Then it will go to other people. It will be the fall I predict before the last people get the vaccine.
If we're lucky, we can get in a normal football season, maybe.
Never. I suspect they'll be with us for the long haul
Jan 11, 2021, 4:36 PM
Many people may very well wear them for the rest of their lives. Best comparison I can come up with is a gun. Lots of people buy one, maybe shoot it once if at all, then shove it in a drawer for years. However, in their mind they can and will become John Wick with it if the need ever arose. As if it's magic.
That's where the general public is with masks, I think. They have decided they're magic, and will keep them safe. Listen to how people talk about them, "If everyone wore masks we could get back to normal!". And I bet many of these folks are still wearing their unwashed home-made mask than Nana gave to them in June.
don't have to brush my teeth before going out. don't have to worry about shaving regularly. I can sneeze and the mask will catch it without me having to do "clean up" duty with a Kleenex. I can "mouth" really bad names at someone and they think I'm just chewing gum. I mean, hey, why give up the mask now?
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for the 10 millionth time, and I'm sure you know this...it's
Jan 11, 2021, 7:48 PM
not to prevent you from smelling the other guy's fart, it's to muffle yours. Same reason you cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. I apologize in advance, I feel like I'm insulting your intelligence, when really you're probably just joking...
that's my weird Covid conspiracy-theory: public bathrooms
Jan 11, 2021, 9:27 PM
I mean, how are so many people getting this thing when all you hear from the ones that contract it is that they are mystified - they wear masks, they distance, they wash.....so how do they get it?
Maybe it's the torrent of germ warfare in public restrooms. Mask is a sadly inadequate defense in a polluted WalMart stall. That potent funk can stick to your eyeballs. Not sure a full hazmat suit is enough.
Even hearing about it in advance, I was shocked at how many people just walked around in public wearing surgical masks. Even during our meeting with the exec staff, several folks were masked up. Prior to COVID, it had already been ingrained in their culture.
I think masks will be common in most larger US cities, from now on.