In My Face

I put my glasses on while wearing a mask, and they immediately fogged up. Then I sneezed, and the expectorate was all over the glasses. I don’t know how I’m supposed to take masks seriously when I have evidence literally all over my face that they are nothing but ridiculous theater.

I grew up in the USSR. I’m congenitally incapable of following orders I don’t understand and agree with.

22 thoughts on “In My Face”

  1. Maybe it would be more understandable if we thought like capitalists.

    For example, perhaps it would be a good idea for everyone who doesn’t want to wear a mask be able to go maskless and unmolested as soon as they signed a contract stating that if it is later found that masks definitively worked to reduce the spread of the virus, that they would pay a precise proportion of the extra damage that they caused by going maskless, as an extra tax on their earnings or property.

    That way, everyone would be able to be free as a bird according to their own beliefs, yet take full and complete responsibility for their actions and for any ignorance.

    If such a scheme were ever seriously proposed, I think that a lot of people might suddenly be a lot more honest about how shaky their knowledge really is. Respectfully and everything, obviously.

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      1. You mean, people who support the lockdowns pay for them as an extra tax in the same format as those who want to go maskless, in the sense that only after it is proven that they definitely did not work to reduce the spread of the virus, or if it is proven that the virus was just the equivalent of a flu the whole time is a tax paid.

        Yes, that is an excellent idea. Everyone who opens their mouths pays for it if they’re wrong, or comes out ahead if they’re right.

        Now that is out of the way, it would be a good time to sack these so-called “medical experts” on television who want to be the great deciders of everything, starting with the pair of weasels Fauci and Tedros. As capitalists, we don’t need unaccountable proclaimers acting as the sock puppets of industry or Wall Street as they bury their faces in a trough of public money.

        Oh and someone prosecute anyone in the media who expressed an authoritative medical opinion about the virus without being a medical professional. Something about disturbing the public peace will do.

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        1. That extra tax for supporting lockdowns would come up to several hundred thousand per household. The damage created by lockdowns is good gigantic and horrid. The damage by masklessness, if it were real, would be the cost of HCQ azithromycine zinc for a few people who got infected and developed symptoms. That’s what, $20?

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          1. No, it’s not $20. If maskless people are shown to infect others and so were instrumental in keeping the pandemic going, then the economic collapse that appears inevitable may be attributed to them. The sum cost of going maskless, therefore, would be the value of the national economy.

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            1. Infections in healthy asymptomatic people are the only thing that can put an end to the pandemic. But the virus doesn’t care about out virtue theater. It will move just as it needs to move. Given that it’s extremely mild in anybody who’s not at death’s door,it’s not a big deal. But the trillions in debt we have contracted to stay home and navel-gaze are.

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              1. According to the evidence, that isn’t true. In Sweden, there is a relaxed attitude towards the virus, which has resulted in about 8000 or so dead, ICU’s filling up, healthcare workers quitting in large numbers due to exhaustion/feelings of pointlessness, and with the government considering sending patients to surrounding countries for treatment. In Melbourne Australia, lockdowns and mask wearing brought the pandemic to a standstill.

                As for debt, leaving aside the horrendous handling of the pandemic itself which has made it go on for at least 6 months longer than it had to, the fact of it is that much if not most of the money spent has been stolen. The pandemic has been used as an excuse to justify transferring money from the treasuries of many nations into private pockets.

                In my opinion, people who are fussy about whether masks work should be equally fussy about whether money spent on the pandemic was actually spent on the pandemic and not just stolen before they use teh expense of lockdowns in their arguments.

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              2. It’s the whole point of this casedemic to transfer public money into private pockets. And it’s the only reason why you are hearing these ridiculous stories in the media. The same media that belong to the individuals your money is being transferred to.

                We have been duped. The faster we accept it, the sooner the robbery will end.

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              3. The population of Sweden is 10 million, by the way. Eight thousand, most of whom would have died by the end of the year of other causes, is not a big scary number. It’s a nothing burger number. If it were 8,000 two-year-olds…. Maybe. Otherwise, let’s not be ridiculous here.

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              4. Of course, the overflowing ICUs in Sweden in December are a complete mystery. I’m sure it never happened before. It’s not like it’s ever cold in Sweden in December. Surely, there’s no such thing as a seasonal increase in respiratory illness in December.

                It reminds me how in Quebec there’s a huge drama over overflowing ERs. Anybody who has sought emergency care in Quebec knows that wait times at an ER are in the vicinity of 4-6 hours always. But all of a sudden we noticed. Let’s cancel Christmas and take naps instead, says the Premier. (True story).

                We are being had hard and begging for more.

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              5. “It’s the whole point of this casedemic to transfer public money into private pockets. ”

                No, the point of the response to this pandemic (not casedemic) is to control disease. Some people have taken advantage of that for reasons of money making or social control, but that doesn’t change the fact that responses to pandemics, epidemics, and outbreaks of infectious disease is to control that disease.

                In my opinion, telling people to stop a pandemic response because too many people are stealing is like saying that a fire department that is putting out a fire at a hospital should stop putting the fire out because firefighters have begun stealing all of the antibiotics and opiate drugs while they put the fire out. The issue isn’t whether fires should be put out or not. The issue is that the fire department was taken over by junkies, and that there is a fire to be put out, at the same time.

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              6. “The population of Sweden is 10 million, by the way. Eight thousand, most of whom would have died by the end of the year of other causes, is not a big scary number. It’s a nothing burger number.”

                Respectfully, no, the 8000 or so deaths arose from a total of 300,000 cases. The thing that makes it scary is that only about one thirtieth of the population has been infected, which means that were everyone to be infected and were people to die at the same rate, then there would be thirty times more deaths. That number amounts to more than 200,000 people, which in a nation the size of Sweden, is a big deal.

                (Note: for the sake of clarity the total number of deaths in Sweden is 7514 deaths. I knew it was somewhere over 7500 and so rounded up to the nearest thousand, only because it makes talking easier.)

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              7. “Of course, the overflowing ICUs in Sweden in December are a complete mystery. I’m sure it never happened before.”

                Where I live, the hospital is always at about 130% of capacity, so I’m no stranger to trickery coming out of hospitals.

                But I have never seen so many articles from across the world talking about specialist medical staff quitting or expressing a desire to quit. Nor have I seen so many patients being airlifted from one country to another because they’re short on ICU beds. To my experience, it’s unusual.

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  2. “never seen so many articles from across the world talking about specialist medical staff quitting or expressing a desire to quit.”

    Think the bizarre and counter-productive measures promoted by the Chinese Communist Party (and trumpedted by the China-mouthpiece WHO) for treating corona positive patients might have something to do with that?

    So many countries are dancing to Xi’s tune…

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    1. @ cliff arroyo: the sense I get is that they’re frustrated, demoralised, and plain tired.

      In first year epidemiology everyone is taught that when there is an outbreak of anything this infectious that is novel, the first thing you’re supposed to do is keep people away from each other as needed (depending on mode of transmission) followed by giving relevant persons protective equipment (whether masks or gloves or gowns – whatever), then constructing suitable treatment centres that protect staff and patients from other patients (or using those that exist if they’re adequate), then testing as much as reasonable (or developing a test if one doesn’t exist), and then finding/applying treatment.

      Honestly, it’s really basic stuff that anyone can understand.

      Anyway what is happening in hospitals everywhere that I am hearing about is that basic measures aren’t being applied as taught in university, hospital administrators etc are treating basic medical knowledge as some kind of so-called Orwellian “wrongthink”, and teh public isn’t being taught the basics of how to avoid being infected by an airborne virus (which should be taught and reinforced all the time anyway imo).

      So doctors and nurses are going to work every day in an unwinnable and dystopian environment where the public is harming itself out of ignorance, which in turn harms the medical professional, while hospital administrators who don’t know very much about medicine are lecturing those who do and threatening them with sanction if they disobey policies that they know are wrong.

      In the beginning of an outbreak/event people are understanding of the fact that policymakers are doing the best they can as they go, but after a while, when it becomes obvious that policy makers don’t know what they’re doing, don’t care very much, and aren’t in harms way as much as the doctor/nurse is, people tend to flee.

      That’s what I’m getting on my end, anyway.

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        1. “We have no idea how infectious this thing really is, because the tests generate too many false positives…”

          In a way that’s right. In a way it isn’t. The shape of the death charts is generally similar to the shape of the case charts, give or take differences in lag between countries.

          We know from laboratory experiments how easily the virus invades different kinds of cells, and how much it replicates itself. We know approximately how many viral particles are exhaled per unit breath or expectorated per unit saliva, and how far they travel. We know which surfaces it survives on, and for how long, as well as, generally, how it is affected by temperature and humidity.

          If we take those factors, measure them, and then compare them within the same model to other viruses that we understand very well, we can come up with a pretty good guess of how the virus moves around, and how far.

          If we then combine that information with what we have learned in clinical diagnoses of the SARSCOV2 virus, like what it does to blood profiles, oxygenation, how it presents in X rays etc. then we can refine our understanding of the real infectivity without relying on the PCR tests that are upsetting everyone at the moment.

          My personal opinion is that the virus is on the high end of the infectivity, but isn’t properly understood yet. It affects too many organs, mimics too many other illnesses, has mutated too many times, and exhibits too much inter individual variance for us to be really sure just yet. It’s just too new.

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    2. I don’t know about articles. I don’t believe articles. I know medical personnel is being fired and furloughed in droves here where I live because there’s not enough COVID patients to fill the empty hospitals.

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      1. Talking about articles. This summer there was an article in the Montreal Gazette about the overrun hospitals, emergency rooms filled to the brim and having to turn away patients. A specific hospital was named as being particularly badly affected. There were specific dates.

        The only problem was that my sister was at that ER on one of the days mentioned in the article. And it was completely empty. The whole article was a lie. The journalist is known to be very political, and he was trying to serve the needs of his political community that is trying to develop the US-style wokism in Quebec. He refused to apologize or give explanations. These people are lying to us.

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      2. A relative of mine aged 10 in a Southern European country in a place where SARSCOV2 was known to have circulated was diagnosed with something that doctors said presented as viral but that didn’t show up on tests, followed by anaemia where none had existed before, a fever that came and went, hallucinations, sudden spells of tachycardia, and then death.

        These are all known COVID19 symptoms. The cause of death was not listed as COVID19. The family will not voice what they think it is because in that part of the world, the family would be marked and ostracised.

        The virus is new and novel. The world is big. Different things happen in different places.

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        1. I had a student recently die. 24 years old. A promising, bright young man. Aggressive brain tumors. Dead within months.

          Death happens. It’s often unfair and inexplicable. People use all sorts of strange ways to cope. I’m very sad for their loss.

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