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Because according to Trump, we have more cases because more people are being tested. So if you stop testing people, the virus will go away.

Or the people will go away. Same difference, I guess.

Sigh.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This attitude would be fine if it only endangered the idiots flouting the rules. Well, not “fine” - those moms are intentionally suggesting that kids should be endangered, but you know what I mean.

My second-hand covidiot story: The friend who lives in a resort area tells me that there are lots of large public events there. Her nephew visited them recently either just before or just after going to such an event; they made him stay across the room when he was there (for just a few minutes). He then went home to his mother’s house a couple hours away… where he came down with COVID, infecting his mother, and my friend’s daughter who was staying with them.

Supposedly the nephew is pretty careful - but let’s face it: if you’re at a large event where lots of people wear masks, you are at risk even if you yourself are masked.

[quote=“Irishman, post:510, topic:852854”] (re CPAP masks)
No, those actually have holes to allow your exhaled air to exit the mask.
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True. I think that at the time I jokingly suggested this, I may have also been thinking of covering the vents somehow. In any case, since Typo_Knig can’t see 3 feet in front of him without his glasses, it was a non-starter :D.

Somehow, about a month back, I went to Office Depot, bought a hard drive and a USB stick, and didn’t realize until I was mid-checkout that I wasn’t wearing a mask!

I apologized profusely, not wanting to be mistaken for one of the other 80% in the store that intentionally don’t wear masks “like a socialist” (it’s Wyoming).

Interestingly, the schools are open (in-person schooling) and they actually screen ALL students before entry. Temperatures are taken, any potential COVID symptoms sent home, any refusal to properly wear a mask, also sent home. Some parents are up-in-arms, but the kids are mostly doing just fine with it.

Reminds me of the story a couple years back where an anti-vaxxer mom wanted everyone else’s kid to get vaccinated so the herd immunity would protect her precious snowflake.

I had my own oops moment a couple weeks back. It was a double oops.

I had to run a few errands. I stopped by the back to deposit a check via the vacuum tube. Put in my check and ID. After a couple minutes, she finally said thanks for coming, so I drove off.

My next errand is to drop off a package at the post office. When I get there, my phone rings to tell me I drove off without my ID. Oops 1. Mental note to pick that up on way home.

I grab my package and walk into the post office, which has a long hallway before the counter room. As I’m walking down the hallway, somebody else wearing a mask catches my eye, and I realize I am not wearing mine. Oops 2.

I scurry back out trying to cover my face with my elbow, drive back to the bank, home, then return to the post office, because I still have to drop off my package. And I feel like a dolt the whole time.

I see maskless people all the time in stores around here, but had a personal encounter with one yesterday. My mom had ordered an ornament from Hallmark, so I drove her over there to pick it up. While she was looking at the other ornaments on display, a maskless woman came over and tried to hand her some coupons. Mom looked at them warily, then commented that she already had them, and they’re one-per-customer, so thanks but no thanks. Maskless lady insisted, finally declaring, “just take them, I found out I’m not allowed to shop here!” She ended up flinging the coupons at a display and storming out the door. The manager made sure Mom was ok, then let us know that she hadn’t kicked the woman out – she had merely informed her of the store’s mask policy (which is also on multiple signs as you enter).

Bonus craziness: this store has loads of masks for sale – reusable and disposable – that are quite cheap and attractive. But no, maskless lady kept insisting that she just couldn’t wear a mask.

My sister works at a public library, and it became an early voting location. The woman who ran the election center showed up without a mask and refused to wear one. This went on for days, with voters filing complaints against her. She finally agreed to wear one, and then the library had to close from a positive case in the staff. So the lady decided that since the staff were wearing masks, masks don’t work.

Except the source of the breakout in the library staff was an employee who didn’t wear her mask or wore it poorly. In fact, she infected three other library employees. Two library managers were exposed through a meeting to discipline her for her lack of policy compliance.

All four libraries in the city were affected because of cross interactions among the staff, especially eating lunch together. Three positives have recovered, but one is having a bad time of it. Because of mask refusers taking part in large group gatherings.

According to the local rules, people can remove their masks when using machines at the gym. I find this stupid, and always wear my mask when I am at the therapy center’s gym, which usually have 5-10 people.

Young women working out at the leg lift machine. Pulls down her mask to cough into her hand twice and then puts her mask back on.

She and at least 3 other people disinfected the machine before I used it, so hopefully there’s very little possible of transmission, assuming she was even infected. As it is fall now, many people have a bit of a cough, but that doesn’t mean that someone has the actual virus.

The doorbell rings. Both of us are working remotely, but I go to answer the door, since it then rings again: ding ding ding ding ding ding! Then knocking: knock knock knock knock! I figure it’s FedEx needing a signature or there’s an urgent medical situation outside.

No, it’s a young man with a clipboard. I don’t open the door to strangers anyway, but especially not during COVID. This guy isn’t wearing a mask, which is both idiotic and violates the governor’s order. Through the window, I say hello. He goes into a sales pitch about property clean up. I cut him off, politely, saying that I’m not interested, that we are working, and that he should wear a mask. He stares at me until I close the curtain. As he walks away, he exclaims loudly, “I’m working, too!”

It is stupid. Wearing a mask except when you’re breathing hard, talking, etc. is missing the point. Isn’t it?

Twitter thread from a South Dakota nurse:

I have a night off from the hospital. As I’m on my couch with my dog I can’t help but think of the Covid patients the last few days. The ones that stick out are those who still don’t believe the virus is real. The ones who scream at you for a magic medicine and that Joe Biden is
Going to ruin the USA. All while gasping for breath on 100% Vapotherm. They tell you there must be another reason they are sick. They call you names and ask why you have to wear all that “stuff” because they don’t have COViD because it’s not real. Yes. This really happens. And
I can’t stop thinking about it. These people really think this isn’t going to happen to them. And then they stop yelling at you when they get intubated. It’s like a fucking horror movie that never ends. There’s no credits that roll. You just go back and do it all over again.
Which is what I will do for the next three nights. But tonight. It’s me and Cliff and Oreo ice cream. And how ironic I have on my “home”
Hoodie. The South Dakota I love seems far away right now.

Nah, I choose to believe the one respondent who says she made it all up.

A tweet by Dr Scott Atlas: “The only way this stops is if people rise up. You get what you accept. #FreedomMatters #StepUp” in response to Michigan Gov Whitmer’s call for action to fight covid.

I don’t know how this stuff works but ISTM that Atlas should be stripped of his med qualifications or something.

I had to make an emergency trip to Walmart last night and ohhhmagoddd. First of all, WAY too many people, almost impossible to social distance. Second of all, people walking around with their masks hanging down. Dude in front of me at the check - out whips off his mask and starts chugging a bottle of Gatorade right out of the fridge. I’m already a bit agoraphobic. This, during a pandemic, sent me right over the edge. I never, never, ever want to go back to Walmart.

He has no qualifications, at least when it comes to infectious diseases.

Today I’m at work, some older guy comes into the store with a chinstrap - it can’t be a mask, it’s not covering his nose or mouth. He’s commenting about looking for his phone, so I have to pretend he’s not a flaming idjit. Later, I’m on a register, a lady checking out, and he comes up with his basket and starts loading onto the belt before she is done. She immediately asks him politely to back up because they are not wearing their masks, and he storms off in a huff.

Later, he comes back and tries to apologize to me about his response, but really he had no cause to get upset over what she said to him. I had to make consolation noises, but wanted to tell him to stuff it. PUT YOUR FRIGGIN’ MASK ON!

Yesterday morning I pulled into the parking lot at work and was surprised to see a Gas Company truck. It’s twenty minutes before we open, plus my business does not have natural gas. I thought maybe he pulled into the lot to make a phone call or answer a text.

Before I get out of my jeep, though, the guy walks over, sans mask. My dogs start barking, and I allow it because I don’t know what to do. The guy makes the “roll down your window” pantomime and I reply by putting on my mask and pointing to him. He just yells something, which I can’t hear over my dogs’ barking.

So, I fire up my jeep, drive around to the rear of my building, and bring everyone inside. Two minutes later I hear the guy trying to get in, but I’ve relocked the door. The door with the NO ENTRY sign on it.

I called the gas company and told them what had just happened. I gave her the ID number from the truck and she took my information and said she’d call back. Turns out the guy wasn’t on the clock, so whatever reason he was there had nothing to do with natural gas. She assured me that their employees are required to mask when interacting with their customers. Whatever.

Not my personal story, but I can’t find anywhere else to post this. It still amazes me: