A few months ago Corona was a word meaning Cerveza. Now it is a synonym for fear. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Civil, Constitutional, Human, and Natural.
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.