- Apr 29, 2014
I think 'most of us" actually think the masks are useless and are ready to fully open everything including air travel without restrictions
Everyone is entitled to have an opinion even if that opinion is wrong. I think a vocal few think that preventative measures are useless but I do not think "most" people do. Masks are not perfect and come with no guarantee but are clearly better than nothing if your goal is to keep other people's saliva droplets away from your nose and mouth and to keep yours away from others. As for the curfew, not the most effective approach but if for some period of time each day, a curfew can keep some people at home so they are not mingling with others, that too has some limited benefit in making it impossible for those home bound people to spread the virus outside their own walls. The single most effective preventive measure is to stay far enough away from other people, preferably up wind of them as well. That's not always easy to do or practical when lining up at a bank or a check out in a store as some people have no concept of the principle of adequate separation distance. The futility of limiting the spread of CV19 is not the lack of safety protocols, the futility comes from the people who choose to ignore the protocols and do not follow them consistently or at all. One is supposed to comply with the mandated measures as much for themselves as for the benefit of others who for whatever reason are trying their best not to catch this disease. These people are appreciative of the efforts others take and shake their heads when they encounter the rest of the people who appear not to care about anyone other than themselves and their own erroneous beliefs. Masks become more important not when driving in your car or walking down a deserted street but when indoors where other people cannot maintain a safe separation distance. The curfew helps when it causes people to stay home and watch TV instead of drinking with friends on the street corners or in small bars/colmados. The new normal is supposed to be distance between people and vigorous and frequent hand washing. The extra precautions like masks, curfews and no social gatherings are supposed to augment the primary protection from this virus which remains distance from others. People have to choose to part of the effort to limit virus spread. Clearly some cannot or will not make that their modus operandi for reasons that are very much their own and have nothing to with helping to maintain the health and safety of others. If I was sick and through deliberate choices passed the disease to someone else, I wouldn't feel to good about having done that.