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Thread #168430   Message #4123857
Posted By: Steve Shaw
23-Oct-21 - 06:41 AM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
I've had the jabs and no-one has advocated vaccination here more than I have. There's a mask in my pocket that hardly ever sees the light of day. The only evidence I've seen for the efficacy of masks is observational, and all of that evidence is beset by confounding factors. I've made two other main points about masks on the "new news" thread: that mask-abuse is widespread and common, just about normal, behaviour that makes masks either next to useless, useless or worse than useless; and that the vast majority of people who you'd like to see obliged to wear masks are wearing them for no useful purpose as they are not infected. Overwhelmingly, vaccines are the best way forward, no doubt about it. After that, good hygiene and being careful about mixing with people. I've looked at a lot of evidence and I've thought about this a lot, and I may well be wrong about masks. Anyone calling me childish or a toddler because I don't wear a mask is predicating that criticism on a level of certainty that is completely unjustified. You simply can't be any more sure that masks are any good than I can be sure that they're not. You may wish to argue the precautionary principle, and that's a respectable point of view. But here's something else: this virus is staying with us for life. It knows how to mutate, make itself more catching and to dance around our vaccines. So I'd like to know for how many more years, or decades, you'd like to see us in masks...