A Thought On The Forever Masked

It astonishes me that masks are still a thing in parts of the United States. Like… a thing. A thing where people are still walking around in the summer in masks.

We are like, what, a year from the CDC admitting that outdoor transmission isn’t really a thing? From Fauci admitting it? How many months has it been since Leana Wen said that a cloth mask is just a decoration on your face?

The powers that be have tried to walk it back. Yet some people just can’t stop.

We’re now a solid two years into the experiment.

Some places in the United States remain fervently masked.

Some places in the United States rarely mask.

It’s going to get weirder and weirder to understand how the commitment to masking remains in place as the outcomes in the “rarely mask” areas continues to be no different (and often even better) than the “fervently masked.”

For example, here are the daily deaths in Virginia with Covid. Try to identify when then Gov Ralph Northam rescinded the indoor mask mandate1 and when current Gov Glenn Youngkin issued his executive order on school masks2.

Not sure I understand how to make a forever masker see that. Not sure it’s possible. Maybe we have to just wait it out.

Your guess is as good as mine on this one.

“People go mad in herds, and only regain their senses one by one.” - Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

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April 1, 2021

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Jan 24, 2022