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Jay Tu:Unmasking the Mask Myth

[北加州台灣人論壇]

[2021-01-24 06:43:31]

 

Unmasking the Mask Myth

by Jay Tu

(編者註:作者為美國北卡大學涂瑞峰教授)

via Bay Area Taiwanese American

So, I have a two-day trip to Louisiana, two flights or 4 hours traveling time, each way. Of course masks are a mandate for air travel.

The flight attendants constantly remind everybody to put the mask on, covering both nose and mouth, and nudge people who they deem not wearing the mask properly. They even said that they had suspended over 700 people from air traveling because their masks did not cover the nose properly, after one or two reminders.

However, here is a little catch. If you are eating or drinking, you can remove the mask, no matter how long you have been eating. Walking through the airport, all restaurants and eateries are open. People sit around, with or without some space, with their masks off, drinking, chatting, and laughing. The assumption is that the virus will take a break when you are having a meal but will ran rampaging when you are not.

Here is another interesting charade. While deplaning, the flying attendants remind everybody again about the new protocol. Please wait until the people in front of you have their luggage and walk ahead over 6 feet before getting up to get your own stuff. So, for over 1.5 hours, sitting to people within 3 feet is OK but when you walk off the airplane, you need to have the six feet space to be safe.

Masks must cover your nose. The notion is that the air is full of germs and if you don't, you could get infected. Guess what, our eyes are not covered and they are meeting the germ-filled air directly and constantly.

Should we cover our eyes too?

Michigan's liberal and ugly governor just announced the indoor dinning is now acceptable. Similarly, DC's mayor did the same. Gee, the virus realizes that there is a new "president" so it will behave for indoor diners.

I got to eat in a sushi restaurant in Lafayette, LA, without masks. The waiters and waitresses had their masks on.

I must say that the CCP virus is very politically shrewd. And we all have to play along with the game of King's new clothes. Did I mention that HCQ is suddenly a good treatment?

S-H Toh

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