Xero wrote on Feb 29, 2020, 23:59:
I was at PAX East yesterday. It was funny to see some people with masks not evening utilizing them. They would have them pulled down around their neck as if they needed a break from it.
If you have a mask, I think it needs to be on 24/7 to be effective. At least while you are in the convention. If you think you can take breaks with it, you might as well join those without a mask. I dunno, I just thought it looked stupid. Sure, maybe there is that chance that you deflected the virus in that 1 moment you had the mask on vs not having it on, but cmon, by having it off at any moment gives you about the same chance as someone without it.
Well, I'm hoping all is well in the next 2 weeks... I had no masks as they were all sold out. Even 2 hours away from Boston...
The masks are like ze goggles. They do nothing.
Masks are for people who are infected to prevent spraying the crowd when you cough, speak, or sneeze. They're not for healthy people. The masks you see people wearing are designed for dust, which is vastly larger than viruses. Viruses go right through them. Furthermore, the masks that do make a difference (N95s) have to be professionally fitted to be of benefit, and require a mostly clean shave.
People see people on the news wearing masks so they assume that it is the right thing to do. It is not. Avoiding contact with people and washing your hands is far, far more effective than the stupid masks.