Inefficacious Face Doilies

During the 1918 Flu Epidemic, Pet Parents Put Masks on Their Cats

Yancia the bulldog even made the local paper: “This Seattle Dog Wears Flu Mask.”
Anne Ewbank, April 16, 2020
h/t Wolfus Aurelius on A♠

Tommy the cat is on the left, and Golly on the right.

The photo is part of the collection of Dan Eskenazi, the curator of Seattle’s Giant Shoe Museum. Eskenazi’s friend Pat Dorpat, a columnist and historian, found that four of the five women lived together in a still-standing house on 43rd Street in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. One can imagine the ladies—bored roommates during a seemingly endless epidemic—trooping outside in their glorious hats, then slipping the inglorious masks over Tommy and Golly’s heads. The photographer who snapped their photo captured a moment of levity in the middle of a scourge. [read more]

Anti-mask protesters’ new weapon: wearing masks that offer no COVID-19 protection

Face masks made of mesh, crochet (yarn) or lace are now popular items being offered by online retailers.
Bob Segall –  July 17, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — As more communities and businesses adopt mandatory mask orders, supporters of an “anti-mask” movement are looking to make a statement. They are wearing masks that cover their nose and mouth but provide no ability to slow the spread of disease.

“I wore a mask that is designed for protecting your face in a paintball battle. You can easily breathe through it. I walked all around the store, talked to employees, and other shoppers, and every one of them could see my mouth,” said a Florida man who posted a video showing him wearing a mesh mask to a Tampa Walmart. “It was almost like not wearing a mask at all. Nobody cared. That’s because it’s not about safety. It’s all about compliance.”

Are “anti-mask protestors” kind-of like militant atheists? I mean: why? Objecting to mandates, sure, but someone else wants to be masked, ain’t my problem.

Mask Facts

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
curated by Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D.
h/t Notsothoreau on A♠

  • Transmission of SARS-CoV-2…
  • Filter Efficiency and Fit…
  • Advice to decision makers on the use of masks for healthy people in community settings…

As described above, the wide use of masks by healthy people in the community setting is not supported by current evidence and carries uncertainties and critical risks.”

Mask for anti-maskers.More Mocking Masks

Church Was Never Meant To Be Masked

Does performing a demoralizing mask exercise guard a church from public criticism? Or is it a cheap virtue signal to the onlookers who hate our gathering whether we are in a pandemic or not?
Kylee Zempel, The Federalist – July 22, 2020
h/t J.J. Sefton’s Morning Report on A♠

…Although government health guidelines at the time required masks indoors but not for outdoor religious gatherings, our elders instituted the mask rule for our congregation. They did so out of ample caution, care for our members, and to help the church whose lot we were using to maintain good relationships with its neighbors. After our pastors asked us also to maintain six feet of distance between each other, outdoors no less, masks seemed excessive as a means of promoting caution and care.

Protecting the reputation of the church who graciously shared its property with us seemed reasonable and charitable, but I couldn’t help but wonder whether we had crossed from virtue to virtue signaling…

“Do you see your friends?” my mom asked me.

I looked around, squinting as if that would give me X-ray vision through fabric. “I can’t tell, Mom. Everyone’s faces are covered.”…

It was strange to leave the gathering of my church more broken in spirit than when I had arrived.…

I have discovered this over time, as a teacher or one that engages in conversation with another, it is largely pointless to try to explain or teach someone that has no interest in listening to anything you have to say.”

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V. on A♠ at July 23, 2020



2 thoughts on “Inefficacious Face Doilies

  1. Prior to August 1, I was down to one — count it, one — place where I could shop for groceries without being forced to wear a mask. It wasn’t my favorite grocery store — other places have a larger selection and lower prices — but it’s close to where I live, and the people who own it respect the intelligence of their customers (and employees) enough to let them decide for themselves whether they want to wear a mask. But now that our idiot governor has decreed that everyone has to wear a mask in public, even that last bastion of sanity and common sense has fallen.

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