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corona-masks

What They Are

A few months ago the concept of social distancing, corona, and everyone wearing masks was a foreign thing. Now it is not only a “reality”, but one that is being actively pushed for normalization. And as this has swept through our consciousness, so has the practice of wearing masks. Which has gone from being illegal within some cities, to mandated nearly everywhere.

Anything to cover our faces as the “proper” facemasks are to be saved for the hospitals and their shortages. Except it's only the most expensive which would provide an actual seal. Are we wearing these to protect others from ourselves or to keep ourselves 'clean'? The sentiments seem to keep changing.

Historically speaking isolation of the healthy is not practiced for health concerns.

Why They Are Unnecessary

Even the WHO via CNN admits they are over the top. Which seems to have been published around the same time that wearing of masks was becoming a mandate.

In the past it was clearly stated in mainstream medical advice that masks are really not useful against something like the flu.

There is no end to the valid doubts of wearing a mask:

Doctors Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi, quote their statements.

Social Issues Created

They hide our humanity. It's harder to empathize with someone in a mask than an uncovered face. That's a simple biological fact. Even our pets treat us differently with a mask on. Putting on a mask is hiding who we are.

The consequences of that may very well be, that it's easier to treat others poorly.

In addition to the various political divides, the masks have created another. Dividing and segregating ourselves.

People are guilted into wearing them because they keep us from spreading our moisture, yet at the same time they are being worn by people as a safety blanket. Eg. when riding a bike, walking alone, or in your car. Is a mask even remotely necessary in those situations?

“Terrorism isn't a crime against people or property. It's a crime against our minds, using the death of innocents and destruction of property to make us fearful. Terrorists use the media to magnify their actions and further spread fear. And when we react out of fear, when we change our policy to make our country less open, the terrorists succeed – even if their attacks fail. But when we refuse to be terrorized, when we're indomitable in the face of terror, the terrorists fail – even if their attacks succeed.” ― Bruce Schneier

This quote highlights the psychological game being played. Are we as a people acting rationally? Or are we doing exactly what an authority tells us without even considering making the decision ourselves?

The shadow of fear, doubt, insecurity caused by masks will linger for a long time.

Medical Issues Created

  • Re-Inhaling biological material. Whether it is reinfecting your body or not, it makes it harder for your body to detoxify.
  • Increase in mental and physical stress. An overall minor change, but a change applied to the entire population. Small changes to a population may elicit large reactions at the fringes. Eg. An asthmatic, middle aged woman who was entering the early stages of a panic attack before having to take it off.
  • People who have very weak systems already may not be able to handle the extra resistance in their breathing.
  • Reduced oxygen to the brain can demonstrably decrease our ability to think clearly. Mental Impairment.

relevant study discussion on masks & oxygen flow

Conclusions. Considering our findings, pulse rates of the surgeon's increase and SpO₂ decrease after the first hour. This early change in SpO₂ may be either due to the facial mask or the operational stress. Since a very small decrease in saturation at this level, reflects a large decrease in PaO₂, our findings may have a clinical value for the health workers and the surgeons.
PaO₂
partial pressure of oxygen.
SpO₂
peripheral capillary oxygen saturation.

Rights

Civil, Constitutional, Human, and Natural.

Don't let fears trample vital civil liberties.

Our fundamental rights of free movement and control over our bodies are guaranteed by our United States and state constitutions…Public shaming around group norms outside the law rarely ends well for any party. Link.

It's Just Ridiculous!

corona-masks.txt · Last modified: 2020/06/12 10:30 by evan