The Mark of COVID by Dr. TANSTAAFL
We wear masks at work. Surgical masks were originally used to keep us from contaminating a surgical wound. Nowadays, we wear surgical masks to supposedly keep us from unknowingly passing on COVID while we are not having symptoms. I wear a mask for a few patients, then get a new one, because it gets moist and contaminated. Masks do not keep me from getting the virus, it’s too small for the common surgical masks. N95s possibly could keep me from catching the virus, but there is no study confirming that. Again, they are used for one patient, then changed out. I have to take a fit test each year to prove that the N95s fit correctly. What I don’t do, is wear the same mask all day, leave it in my car, stick it in my purse, touch it over and over, and get whatever is on there on my fingers. (Don’t get me started on wearing gloves all day. How do you pee and wash your hands?!?) People wearing masks around outside are unlikely to have changed them several times a day, and washed them, or wear them properly (cover both mouth and nose, and don’t touch or adjust them once on, and wash hands every time you put it on or take it off, or touch it for any reason).
So why are we pushing masks on everyone? There are no definitive studies showing that it stops the spread of the virus. We have differing recommendations from differing “experts”. I’ve searched the medical literature to find any good studies that show it stops the spread of the virus. Most studies are quoted from Wuhan, and we know what that information is worth. (Don’t believe China. China is asshole!) Some studies suggest that wearing masks in a family if one member is infected, decreases the rate of transmission in the family. That’s the most definite one I saw. Says nothing about masking in public, or outside of the house.
There must be another reason for the mask fetish.
The Mark of Cain was placed by God on Cain after Cain killed his brother, to prevent anyone from killing Cain. It is assumed that the mark was easily visible and gave information about the person it was on.
Masks are being mandated to place the Mark of COVID on all of us. It is an easily seen mark that says we are compliant with what our betters tell us is good for us. They have no scientific evidence, but they can force us to wear one to show that we will do what they say. If we want to go to the grocery store, wear the Mark! If we want to go to exercise, wear the Mark! We are to take it on faith that a smarter, more omnipotent person who is employed by our government knows best.
The Mark of COVID is the warning that we have no rights. We walk around feeling the mark. Others can see that we are adhering to the mark. We walk outside and are defiant because we are not wearing the mark, or we are tacitly or actively agreeing to the mark rule if we wear a mask. Do we dislike or despise the person next to us who is not wearing a mask, or do we nod in agreement and feel more comfortable with not wearing a mask?
We have the right to make our own decisions. If a 95 year old grandmother wants to go to her great grand daughter’s wedding, she should have that right. And if her choice results in her illness, it was a known risk which she chose freely, and she will pay the price. If someone comes to the Emergency Room with chest pain that looks like a heart attack, our role is to give them the best advice we can based on the science we know. And if they tell us they disagree and want to leave, we do the best sell job we can. We try to be very persuasive, including telling them death and disability is a possibility. If they still want to leave, they are free to go and free to face the consequences. I don’t want to live in a world where its my choice, not theirs.
With no good studies to show that wearing a cloth mask protects others, we are left with a mandate based on faith that someone deemed important feels it might help lower the risk of COVID spread. In medicine our choices are based on risks and benefits. Does the benefit of what we are doing outweigh the risks? We are told the possible benefits of wearing a mask outweigh the negligible risks of covering our faces for a large part of the day in various environmental conditions is worth it. For an unproven benefit, and at least some risk, why should we listen? Can we at least look into the risks and benefits before mass masking?
“When you wear a mask, whether you’re walking on a busy street, whether you’re inside a grocery store or riding transportation, that is a sign to the whole community that we are in this together.” Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania Health Secretary. This is the actual reason for the masking orders. They want the community to all buy into the story. Having to wear that mask, at least outwardly, says there is no dissent.
The Mark of COVID is psychologically damaging. Every time we sigh and pull on a mask, it is a reminder that we are not allowed to decide for ourselves or disagree with the “best and the brightest” (GAG!).
How did we get here? And most importantly, how do we get out of here?