Petri Dish

The inside of my cloth mask would give enough work to an epidemiologist for a year.

And yes, I did wash it. I distinctly remember something about washing it back in July. Or was it June?

22 thoughts on “Petri Dish”

  1. Good God. No wonder you are so opposed to mask mandates, that mask must smell terrible.

    We eventually found some cheap cloth ones we liked at Target and bought two dozen of the things. We wear them one day and then toss them into the laundry basket to be washed with the other clothes. I keep reading things that say you have to do crazy things like boil them for 30 minutes to kill the virus, but if soap is enough to break down the virus on my hands, I don’t see how the laundry soap in the washing machine wouldn’t be similarly effective.

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  2. The inside of my cloth mask would give enough work to an epidemiologist for a year.

    And yes, I did wash it. I distinctly remember something about washing it back in July. Or was it June?

    You are being very funny. Next you will tell me you eat food from the floor.

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    1. Well, if it’s something good I won’t let it go to waste, will I? The five hour rule, remember?

      As we say in Ukraine, more dirt makes your face look fatter (which is synonym for prettier). :-))))

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  3. At least you give your immune system something to do. We are not exercising our immune systems enough in the lock downs. Once we will be able to live normally, we will be sick with common colds and other minor viruses for weeks. Though it might never happen. Today I’m close to tears as my state is closing down again and the school system extended virtual instruction until January 18.

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    1. Hang in there, we’re getting very good news regarding vaccines that should be starting to come online by the end of the year. Once that happens, things will start to improve; still a few more months of bad winter, but afterwards around March and April, things should begin to improve.

      The good thing about the vaccines is they will make a lot of our current predicaments go away. Don’t want to wear a mask? Should be fine if I’m vaccinated. The burden shifts to the person to get vaccinated, instead of having to depend on others to wear masks.

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      1. First of all, I have no interest in taking a vaccine. Second, you seem to assume that these lockdowns have something to do with health outcomes. That’s so naive that I don’t know how to have this conversation. You think Jeff Bezos and Co will give up enormous profits they are reaping from lockdowns because you got vaccinated?

        OK then.

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        1. I know COVID19 not being a serious health issue is the molehill you’ve decided to fight on, but vaccines will benefit you regardless of your opinion. It should only take about 60% of the people to get it for the spread of the virus to seriously slow down. This is how lockdowns permanently end.

          Bezos and co win regardless of what happens with COVID. The system has been made to ensure they continue to reap enormous profits, and that’s an issue both Democrats and Republicans strongly agree on.

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          1. It already seriously slowed down and nobody cares. This is a psychological phenomenon where people are tricked into believing things that create huge profits for somebody. The narrative will be slightly adjusted and everybody will be more terrified than ever.

            And then there’s always another mega scary virus with a 99% survival rate that can be invented. And so on.

            This doesn’t end with a vaccine. This ends when we decide we’ve had enough.

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            1. “It already seriously slowed down and nobody cares. This is a psychological phenomenon where people are tricked into believing things that create huge profits for somebody. The narrative will be slightly adjusted and everybody will be more terrified than ever.”

              Impossible to trick basically the entire world like that. This virus and its consequences go far beyond the US. Why else would China, Korea, Israel, France, England, Italy, etc. all shutdown?

              COVID is acting like as an accelerant to many changes that were already in the pipeline. Amazon was not going to be any less rich, working from home was starting to become feasible, automation of many industries was already occurring, online learning was already becoming viable, etc. These are not new, they were already coming. I know you don’t like many of these and you resent the virus for bringing them on us so quickly, but that’s just a fact of globalization and technological acceleration.

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            2. On the graph, if you project current trends in a straight line out to infinity, it always looks apocalyptic or miraculous. But in real life it never works that way. By spring, we’ll have bigger problems, and the covid narrative will lose its grip on the fevered public imagination.

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      2. The problem I’m having with the vaccine news is that long-term antibody information is extremely scarce. If you get COVID, the health department tells you that you have “potentially three months of immunity,” barring infection with another strain.

        Three months. Two shots over six weeks that each put you out with flu-like symptoms for three days apiece? All for a mere three months of immunity. Even working at a hospital, I don’t think they’ll be giving us those six days off we’d probably need. And until there is better data on long-term immunity, how can anyone be absolutely sure that the vaccine will even work as intended?

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        1. The amount of research into these vaccines is enormous. The best minds in the field throughout the world are working on it along with practically unlimited resources. Tens of thousands have already been vaccinated and the data looks good.
          If that’s not enough to give you some semblance of hope, then you’re really just hopeless.

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          1. Do you know what exactly is needed to figure out how long immunity lasts with a given vaccine?

            Long-term studies.

            Do you know what no one has been able to do because COVID is such a new virus?

            Long-term studies.

            Even the CDC admits this. Which makes the whole country the guinea pigs for long-term immunity. I don’t have a problem with a vaccine. I have a problem with being forced to be a guinea pig. There is also a dearth of information on population breakdown, which is a red flag right now, even with promising results.

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            1. Exactly. New information on the virus is coming in constantly, which is very normal. But people’s brains often can’t adapt. They heard something in early March and still believe it like an article of faith. They don’t seem to understand that there can’t possibly be a scientific consensus at such an early stage.

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  4. Did you see last week’s season premiere of Law & Order SVU? The use of masks by the characters was totally random. Some wore them some of the time, others didn’t wear them, and some lowered them or took them off for no clear reason. The episode was implicitly and unintentionally suggesting that mask usage is not really necessary and you don’t need to wear one unless you feel like it. Given your position on masks, I thought you might find this amusing.

    Also, in the season premiere, we learn that Olivia Benson has “a lot of work to do” in fighting her own internalized racism.

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