Masks make people feel safe.

Or something.

Don’t look at us, we just work here.

From el gato malo:

That works.

Imagine if social media and traditional media WEREN’T filled with fear and panic every hour of every day, how much better off we might all be?

From the New England Journal of Medicine:

It is also clear that masks serve symbolic roles. Masks are not only tools, they are also talismans that may help increase health care workers’ perceived sense of safety, well-being, and trust in their hospitals. Although such reactions may not be strictly logical, we are all subject to fear and anxiety, especially during times of crisis. One might argue that fear and anxiety are better countered with data and education than with a marginally beneficial mask, particularly in light of the worldwide mask shortage, but it is difficult to get clinicians to hear this message in the heat of the current crisis. Expanded masking protocols’ greatest contribution may be to reduce the transmission of anxiety, over and above whatever role they may play in reducing transmission of Covid-19. The potential value of universal masking in giving health care workers the confidence to absorb and implement the more foundational infection-prevention practices described above may be its greatest contribution.

So masks don’t necessarily stop the virus but they make people feel better about it? Are we reading that correctly? Note, they originally said people shouldn’t wear masks but have since their changed minds … we think?

But science?


New science.

People were touching their faces FAR LESS before the mask mandates.

Saw that.

So which is it?


True story.


Another day, another debate about masks.



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