Do you wear a mask in public?

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When you’re out in public spaces, both indoor and outdoor, do you wear a mask? Does it depend on where you are or how far away you are from other people? Are there spaces where you feel more comfortable wearing, or not wearing, a mask?

Masks have, sadly, become a controversial topic, and we surely don’t want to open a can of worms here in the comments (be nice and respectful, otherwise your comment(s) will be deleted; remember that please) but we are curious, do you wear a mask? Please vote in the poll below and tell us there. Thanks, and stay safe (and healthy!).

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jillie
2 months ago

Living in Michigan makes you go no to masks. I wear one going into a building then I take it off. I see no need for one. But because work makes you wear one and I need the money I wear it then I go home. So you play the game until the politicians after the election say otherwise. IMO not yours

Carl Cavitt
2 months ago
Reply to  jillie

A very selfish person. Sorry you feel that way about the 89 per cent of the people who do wear masks.

Russ W,
2 months ago

I wear a mask when i go into public places. I carry, but don’t normally wear one outside if there’s no one in the area. I’ll put it on though if anyone approaches. I also understand that cloth masks don’t offer me much protection from others except that if a viral droplet hits it and gets trapped before getting to me, then it has been at least a little bit effective. I also wear glasses which IMO offers a little protection as well.

Matt Johnson
2 months ago

I worked with local government for over 30 years. I worked with blood borne pathogens and water and airborne diseases here are some simple facts.

Because it’s not about facts, it’s about politics and control.

Simple mathematics tell us the more we test the more positive cases will show up, not necessarily in relation to hospitalization, which is the main factor number. But they don’t tell you that. Also the Wuhan virus molecule measures 60 to 120Nm its called a complex molecule. A N95 mask will allow approximately 20% of the Wuhan virus through. And that’s only if you pass a proper fit test. Paper surgical mask or cloth mask will allow approximately 90 to 100% of the Wuhan virus through. Again just looking at facts.

And if masks worked, why haven’t we opened up the country and mandate masks? If social distance works, why do we have to wear masks? The answer is because it’s not about the Wuhan virus, it’s about politics.

Cee
2 months ago
Reply to  Matt Johnson

I think you mean Covid-19 or coronavirus. The CDC did not name it Wuhan. I believe you call it that for political reasons.

Larry Bolling
2 months ago
Reply to  Cee

I call it the CCP virus! And yes that’s for political reasons

KellyR
2 months ago

I do not wear a mask when on my property. I like the people at the hardware store so I wear a mask. After starting to read the comments below I put on my mask before I read on.

Howard Schiller
3 months ago

I’ll wear my mask outside if I’m around other people and always indoors as in a store. In addition to my mask that I wear to protect others, I also wear a face shield to protect myself from others, as I have an autoimmune disorder.

Gene Bjerke
3 months ago

It depends on where I am going. If there will be a lot of people around, I wear a mask. If not, I usually don’t. Indoors or outdoors makes no difference, it depends on how many people I expect.

Mike Albert
3 months ago

Yesterday, I spoke with out 9 year old granddaughter from New Hope, PA to find out how she liked going back to school (virtually). She said she enjoyed seeing her friends again and then she asked us a question. My wife was an RN, and Pops knows everything . She wants things to go back to the way they were before C19, and doesn’t know why people just don’t wear a mask since SHE knows that wearing one works. I told her I didn’t have an answer and asked her how she knew that the mask prevents C19. She said she wasn’t a scientist but that states that shut down as soon as they saw more people with C19 and kept them shut down for a “month” (her time line), required masks, they lowered the numbers quicker, while in our state Florida, numbers became one of the highest in the country.
Guess it takes the wisdom of a child to make adult reasoning look stupid.
As she said, why not just wear a mask and stay healthy so we can hurry up and visit her.
Smart kid, huh?

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike Albert

Big hug for your wise-beyond-her-years granddaughter, Mike. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Debbie PJ
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike Albert

Your Granddaughter is a very smart kid~ wish she could do a public service commercial on all the TV stations!

Mark
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike Albert

Yup – and Florida has not suffered like NY or CA and now our restaurants are 100% open and fewer people have tested positive. Even fewer have died.

Reality is worth noting. If you are afraid – stay home. If you are afraid wear a mask and protect yourself. There are NO penalties in Florida for not wearing a mask – we are finally getting our lives back.

And again – for those that are uncomfortable – stay home, wear your mask and let the rest of us live.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
3 months ago

Dr. Anthony Fauci on GMA Sept. 1, 2020: “The point that the CDC was trying to make was that a certain percentage of them had nothing else, just COVID. That does not mean that someone who has hypertension, diabetes who dies of COVID didn’t die of COVID-19, but they did,” he said.

“So the numbers you’ve been hearing, the 180,000+ are real deaths from COVID-19. Let there not be any confusion about that, it’s not 9,000 deaths from COVID-19, it’s 180,000+ deaths.” —Diane at RVtravel.com

Bob p
3 months ago

Has anyone thought about who the person was that watched a covid19 germ floating through the air for a distance of 5 feet 11 inches and then fall harmlessly to the floor and die? I mean we’ve been keeping a social distance of 6 feet so apparently someone had to determine this safety procedure, or is this like so many other things we are told where some “expert” determines what’s best for us. I’m sorry but I don’t buy half of what we are told by an expert in the field.

Tom
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

There are many studies done by real experts on this subject. Most droplets will fall to ground within 6 feet from gravity, some will travel up to 9 feet. Do a search online and you can see who the test were conducted by.

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Richard B
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

What percentage of what you are told by politicians do you `buy’?

Tommy Molnar
2 months ago
Reply to  Richard B

Zero point zero.

Mark
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Last “expert” I read said 12 feet.

I am with you.

Robert S.
3 months ago

We wear masks any time we are out in the public, even thou not a state wide requirement only recommended and required in most cities. If you have kept track of what’s happened with the covid count in Arizona, you would know how much wearing a mask has stopped the spread. It’s a no brainer, just be respectful and wear a mask properly. This is not political, it is common sense.

Jessie harvey
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert S.

If you look at the numbers in Sweden they are no worse than anyone else and they didn’t do anything

Eric
3 months ago

A mask is worn to protect others from us. There is a slight secondary benefit of self-protection from others. Not wearing one inside a public space says we have no regard for others. Outside I only wear one if distancing isn’t possible.

Bob p
3 months ago
Reply to  Eric

Wrong wearing a mask protects you from others.

Patrick D'Annunzio
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

No. It protects others by reducing/cancelling the spray of particulates. This is why valved masks aren’t used because they don’t reduce the expiration rate.

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Kim Christiansen (@imkimc)
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Hey Bob P,

Yes and no.

Proper PPE gear is designed to protect the wearer, and really is only needed for healthcare workers & first responders. They are uncomfortable and have many layers that you have to shed constantly. But it’s the price the people helping others have to pay to stay healthy and keep helping others.

The simple paper & cloth face coverings are not to protect you (marginal protection at best) but they do reduce/eliminate your breath droplets from being dispersed as you breathe and talk. So if you wear one, and I wear one and we stay a safe distance apart (no close hugs or shouting in each other’s faces) then the transmission of the virus is reduced by 95%. That’s pretty good.

Now, if we’d all just put on our big boy pants (remember pants?) and wear a mask when in public or around others then we’d contain this thing MUCH faster than we are. Not opinion, fact. (research mentioned elsewhere and easily found at cdc.gov)

John Mitchell
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Yes the mask protects other from you – the wearer unless you are wearing a surgical mask — in fact think of all the years Surgeons have been wearing masks to protect the patients.

Richard
3 months ago

indoor when shopping because the store requires it and to keep more “sensitive” folks from freaking out.

Tom
3 months ago

I wear to no hassle the employees who have to abide by the Governor’s stupid excessive orders.

Tom
3 months ago
Reply to  Tom

medical expert since the stay at home.

Sally Summerfield
3 months ago

I am a retired medical microbiologist. The masks are basically worthless. We wear them only if we REALLY want a product inside a store that requires them.

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Kim Christiansen (@imkimc)
3 months ago

Sally, to protect you for sure. But the science, which I assume you are a fan of, shows up to 95% reduction in transmission from simple 2 layer cloth masks or standard surgical masks. That, of course assumes you are social distancing as well. If you’re right next to someone and cough or shout or breathe heavily, the efficacy of the mask will drop accordingly.

David Binkley
2 months ago

Sally: You are absolutely correct. The masks are simply a way to make people feel like they have some sort of protection against a virus that is so small, masks do nothing.

Sorry Kim: More and more research along with empirical evidence is showing that masks, especially since so many are worn incorrectly, are worthless and no more than a placebo to make the masses “feel” like they have a way to block the virus from entering their system.

Masks or no masks we will all get the virus someday…that is just what viruses do.

Mark
2 months ago

Wow – where di you get that stat. Only the current politically motivated hype says that.

Mark
2 months ago

Amazing Sally – you ARE an expert and folks just can’t accept facts. 6 at least give you a negative and I’ll bet they have never even been in the field.
But hey – some folks WANT to believe.
It’s easy to me – they should stay home. Wear their masks. Wash your hands all day. Let someone deliver your stuff like groceries.

And the last thing any of them should do is take an RV trip!!

David Binkley
3 months ago

The Chinese Virus is .001 Microns in size. IF someone wears a mask properly, which most do not, one would be lucky to stop anything down to 10 microns in size. In other words, the virus is teeny tiny and masks really don’t do much of anything to stop it. Ever wonder why people in body suits and oxygen masks were wearing what they did when playing around with it? This is why they did.

Ron Cravey
3 months ago
Reply to  David Binkley

However, the mask will stop the water droplets that the virus is in. That is why masks are effective.

David Binkley
2 months ago
Reply to  Ron Cravey

If you think a swath of cloth over your face will stop the virus, droplets or not, they have you fooled.

Cee
2 months ago
Reply to  David Binkley

It’s Covid-19 or coronavirus. The CDC did not name it Chinese Virus. I believe you call it that for political reasons.

Mark
2 months ago
Reply to  David Binkley

So disappointing to see folks simply can’t get past the hype.

Dick and Sandy near Buffalo, NY
3 months ago

Unfortunately the first option of indoors and outdoors could be misleading and produce an alternative option of outdoors only. Many people may have read the first option stating indoors as inside their home or residence. The question may or should have been to read in public indoors and outdoors. I am sure most people wear their mask when indoor public places such as food shopping or any type of indoor shopping or building. The important thing is to wear your mask in any type of public gathering indoors or outdoors. Stay safe, Stay well.

Marie Dalzell
3 months ago

I was raised in Tonawanda!

Ron L
3 months ago

I think the key words here are “in public”….which to me implies while around multiple people. I’m really surprise at the low percentage of people who wear a mask while inside and outside indicating that most do not wear one outside while in public. I can understand not wearing one while outside when there are no other people around, but while in public? Really?

Sink Jaxon
3 months ago

As long as people are still getting sick, and people are still dying, I’m wearing a mask.

Cat
3 months ago

We wear a mask if we are entering any store, regardless of rules, or will be encountering anyone within 6 feet of us outside. This is a practical step to protect ourselves and others from a bug that will definitely kill. We have curtailed our long distance RV travels for now but C19 hasn’t really stopped us from doing anything else we want to do. We do avoid crowds because people don’t mask up when they should. Masking up isn’t a sacrifice, it doesn’t keep you from doing what you want to do, but it does help protect us from an invisible enemy. Americans have sacrificed much more than this to protect our country, putting on a mask to protect our loved ones is the least we can do.

Joe Allen
3 months ago

Do you believe in living or dying? I believe in living and living my life to the fullest. Life is short enough, so being cooped up and afraid is no way to live!
If you were in the service in the early 60’s, you were given a malaria shot (hydrocycloriquin).
I have seen no studies on if veterans have gotten this virus and or died from it. Should be interesting to find out! Food for thought!

Mike Albert
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

It was reported by CDC and FDA that it provides NO protection from Covid-19. The person who stated it During a news conference stills believe it.
Our governor in Florida stated two days ago that if there were another outbreak, he would not shut down the state again.a few observations. First, sunshine and hydrocycloriquin do not kill or prevent C-19.
Second, Florida did not shut down anything except large gathering venues and anywhere you had more than 50 people. Desantis left it up to local governments to make the correct call to prevent the spread. Beaches were open and crowded and contributed to the spread. When they closed on the east coast, the beach goers came to the west coast where political allies of the governor were in control and beaches were open.
It has been proven that the wearing of masks does prevent and slow down the spread. Look at the numbers!
Be smart, be courteous and help prevent the spread. Wear a mask, wash your hands and keep your social distancing!

Eddie D.
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike Albert

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) stated. “Peer-reviewed studies published from January through April 20, 2020, provide clear and convincing evidence that HCQ may be beneficial in COVID-19, especially when used early, states AAPS. Unfortunately, although it is perfectly legal to prescribe drugs for new indications not on the label, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that CQ and HCQ should be used for COVID-19 only in hospitalized patients in the setting of a clinical study if available. Most states are making it difficult for physicians to prescribe or pharmacists to dispense these medications.”

Thomas
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

There have been cases where a person who is a long term user of hydrocycloriquin for lupus has came down with COVID19.

Bob Jones
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

Probably many of those who were in service in the early 60’s are dead already, old age etc!

Jan E.
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob Jones

Bob, Sorry to say but that isn’t true. I served from 1956 to 1980 and know a lot of vets that served at the same time, and yes some have passed away, but a lot have not. We are old, but still kicking.