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Thoughts On the Imminent Unmasking

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As many of you know, the CDC recently changed masking guidelines for vaccinated folks, and in Ohio, at least, guidelines are also changing — both immediately for vaccinated people and then for everyone in a couple of weeks. I’ve had some people ask me what I think about it and what I plan to do with regards to my personal masking habits, inasmuch as I and everyone else in my immediate family (including my mother-in-law) are fully vaccinated now. Well, here’s my plan:

Outdoors, I’m not going to wear a mask, unless I’m specifically asked to by the event/people I’m at/with. In which case I’ll wear a mask.

Indoors, I’m going to do what people/businesses ask me to do. If I go to a business and a sign on the door says “masks required/requested,” I’ll put on a mask. If I visit a friend and they prefer I wear a mask, then I’ll wear a mask — and I’ll make an effort to ask which they prefer ahead of time. I keep a mask in my car at all times anyway, so it’s not going to be onerous for me to honor those requests, and even if it were, I would still honor them.

I do understand that people have concerns that the unvaccinated will be wandering around without masks and now we won’t be able to spot them. My thinking here is that where I live the unvaccinated were wandering around without masks anyway, so this won’t be anything new. At this point, the people who are unvaccinated and have been wandering about maskless do what they do as a political position, and in doing so have willfully endangered the lives of others who can’t get the vaccine for genuine medical reasons. That’s not going to change, whether I wear a mask or not. I can’t do anything about them being genuinely shitty people on this matter. My wearing a mask or not won’t change their genuinely shitty behavior.

(Also, at this point if you are choosing to be unvaccinated because of a political position or because “you don’t trust the science” or whatever dimwit rationale you have, you’re being an asshole, and if you get sick, I’m not going to waste any sympathy on you. My sympathy at this point is for the people the willfully unvaccinated are going out of their way to endanger, namely, the people who genuinely can’t get the vaccine for medical reasons, whose lives will still be curtailed because some of us have decided being a shitty person about COVID is a legitimate social and political stance. Hey! Stop being an asshole about this. Get vaccinated.)

If you are vaccinated but still not comfortable being in public without a mask: You do you! I don’t see any problem with that, and certainly wearing a mask does no harm to anyone else, and may do some good. I support your decision. Also, moving forward, as a general rule, I think it would be useful and wise for people to wear masks when they are ill yet need to be in public. It would be lovely for people not to knowingly breathe viruses on other people! So, yes, I’ll be keeping my masks going forward and adding them to my clothing repertoire.

(Oh, and you know when else they’re useful? When it’s cold as hell outside. My face didn’t freeze nearly as much this last winter as it usually does. I’ll keep masks around for that, too.)

I’m happy the mask mandates are ending; I wish they were ending because we all had gotten vaccines instead of the bare minimum of people to allow us to say, “eh, close enough.” But here we are. And I, at least, am fully vaccinated, as is my whole family.

— JS

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sandge
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Vaccinated

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I built a model that combines local case rates and vaccination stats to estimate when it's reasonable to attend various types of party, but I forgot to include anything about where to find them.
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sandge
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I feel attacked.
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I built a model that combines local case rates and vaccination stats to estimate when it's reasonable to attend various types of party, but I forgot to include anything about where to find them.

March 2020

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"I've traveled here from the year 2020 to bring you this vaccine!"
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deezil
86 days ago
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I have never felt so seen in an XKCD as this one. Last Friday ended the two week after period. I'm enjoying getting out a little more without fear accompanying me.
Louisville, Kentucky
linforcer
86 days ago
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I feel that man. Getting my second shot in july.
DexX
87 days ago
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Took me a second...
Melbourne, Australia
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87 days ago
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"I've traveled here from the year 2020 to bring you this vaccine!"

After the Pandemic

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I'm looking forward to having to worry a lot less about covid, but wouldn't mind if we worried a little more about giving each other colds. Colds are bad!
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Covarr
92 days ago
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I've got some really cool homemade cotton masks. I fully intend to continue wearing them in the colder seasons, both to keep my face warm and as a fashion accessory.
East Helena, MT
simonallaway
92 days ago
Yes! the warming of the face was a nice side effect.
joeythesaint
92 days ago
Right? On the cold or really windy days they're awesome.
npatrick
91 days ago
My fogged up glasses are not fans of the mask.
kazriko
91 days ago
A mask with a metal piece near the nose that you can shape and seal against your nose helps with the fogging.
lamontcg
92 days ago
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Airports and planes. I've gotten sick so many times on vacation. Wearing an N95 on a plane is basically common sense.
hobbified
92 days ago
Oh sure, let's take the claustrophobia of being trapped in a metal box for hours with no possibility of escape, and tack on the claustrophobia of hours of breathing your own stale air.
mvoelske
92 days ago
Rather breathe my own stale air than someone else's!
lamontcg
92 days ago
I'm a cave diver, I don't have claustophobia. And in the past 15 years I've come down with 3 or 4 colds, norovirus and influenza while travelling. The influenza I'm sure was from the kid right behind me that was sick the whole 5 hour flight home and nearly put me into the ER. If any snowflake sitting next to me is triggered by me wearing a mask they can ask the flight attendant to seat them next to some other sniffling freedum loving murican. (I was being an idiot and not getting flu shots though which is a mistake I won't repeat -- definitely doesn't help with the colds though)
jlvanderzwan
92 days ago
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*cries in Sweden*
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92 days ago
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I'm looking forward to having to worry a lot less about covid, but wouldn't mind if we worried a little more about giving each other colds. Colds are bad!

Virus Consulting

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All our teams make an effort to stay optimistic, but I will say that once our virus division saw the vaccine efficacy data, they started asking for payment up front.
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All our teams make an effort to stay optimistic, but I will say that once our virus division saw the vaccine efficacy data, they started asking for payment up front.

Potter Charged

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Swift action in the shooting of Daunte Wright:

The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, after appearing to mistake her handgun for her Taser was arrested on Wednesday and charged with second-degree manslaughter following three nights of protests over the killing.

The arrest of the officer, Kimberly A. Potter, who is white, came a day after she resigned from the Brooklyn Center Police Department, as did the Minneapolis suburb’s police chief. Hundreds of people have faced off with the police in Brooklyn Center each night since Mr. Wright’s death on Sunday, demanding that the former officer be charged, even as the region is on edge amid the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer charged with murdering George Floyd last May.

Again, IANAL, but this seems to me to be the correct charge. I don’t think she intended to shoot him, and I think you would be guaranteeing she walked if you charged her with murder. I know this will anger many, but I find much more guilt in the system in this shooting than I do in Officer Potter.

Why is Daunte Wright dead and why is an officer going to trial and why is there unrest in the streets of Brooklyn Center? That’s the question everyone responsible for policing in this country should be asking themselves. And to answer that, you have to go through how we got where we are.

Why are police still stopping people for non-moving violations?
Why are police still racial profiling?
Why are police pulling people over for bullshit like expired tags?
Why were there so many police there- they feed off each other and act more aggressively in groups.

And on and on and on. I’ll even take it a step farther- why did they have to arrest him for the warrant right then and there. Even though he was showing mild resistance and got back in his car, why was it so important that he be arrested that very second? You have fucking radios. You know where he lives. It wasn’t a big enough deal to have him in jail to send anyone to his house to arrest him, why all of a sudden just because you’ve nailed him for the crime of having air freshener from his mirror or whatever bullshit pretext you used to initiate the stop did he have to be arrested right then and there.

Again, what is the worst that could have happened if he just got in his car and drove home, and you followed him home and arrested him there with his mom? Or a week later?

Why do we have a system of policing built around violence, dominance, and requiring instant submission and deference? It’s the same with all these fucking no-knock warrants and other bullshit. The Breonna Taylor murder is another instance of this. They had surveilled her apartment. They fucking knew she and her boyfriend were in there. Why the fuck could they not just sit outside by his car and wait for him to head to Sheetz or Getgo for a pack of smokes or a soda? Why did they have to go HAM and raid the place with pistols blazing.

Our system of policing makes no sense to me.

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