Is there any evidence that would make you change your stance on masks were it to be released?
Yes of course. A repeatable, randomised controlled study that demonstrates that the benefits of mass face covering (with all kinds of assorted techniques and materials) outweighs the detrimental effects. So far the RCS that exists indicate the opposite. Of course all studies are subject to interpretation. I'd just be happy if there were more effort to actually understand these things before imposing them.
Do I support the intention? Yes. So I'll keep doing it until something better comes along.
Yeah. i'm with you here. I know that my friends think that wearing a mask is like an altruistic gesture. They kind of know that the mask doesn't work to stop the virus, but it is a signal to others that you are with the fact that some serious shit is going on.
I am all for altruistic gestures, but not coerced. Here we are subject to coercion. There is a consensus to wear the mask. Sorry to say, but mass consensus always rubs me the wrong way. I think that most people believe it's bollocks but do it because to NOT do it is to stick your neck out.
I'm concerned that we are entering coercive authoritarian political conditions under the cover of COVID. Am I alone in having that concern?