• @xkforce@lemmy.world
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    709 months ago

    I am one of the only people here that still wears a mask at the doctor. Even most of the doctors stopped wearing them (what the hell! thats where the sick and immunocompromised are most likely to be in the same building!)

    • @OceanSoap@lemmy.ml
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      59 months ago

      It doesn’t make you feel a bit better about not wearing one that most doctors aren’t? If they think the risk is so low, or that continuous mask wearage is more detrimental than covid?

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        No it does not make me feel better that people that should know better than to not wear a mask in an environment full of sick and immunocompromised people are not wearing masks. And no wearing a mask is not worse than covid holy shit.

        • @OceanSoap@lemmy.ml
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          29 months ago

          There’s nuance there that you’re skipping right over. Continuous mask wearing is detrimental, it has negative consequences.

            • @OceanSoap@lemmy.ml
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              29 months ago

              The detriment as a whole, over a lifespan is where the nuance lies. It’s okay though, this kind of actual thinking over knee-jerk response is hard. I understand if you can’t bring yourself to do that.

      • @CheshireSnake@iusearchlinux.fyi
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        9 months ago

        I know a lot of doctors who are overweight/obese, have unhealthy lifestyles, and/or make dumb personal decisions. I go to doctors for their expertise in their fields; that doesn’t mean I’d trust their personal decisions.

        • @jerkface@lemmy.ca
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          49 months ago

          Leading cause of death of cardiologists is fucking heart disease. And they know that heart disease is 100% avoidable. It’s actually disturbing to me. If their personal biases are influencing their personal behavior to that degree, are they really going to recommend interventions to their patients that they wouldn’t even bother with to save their OWN lives?

        • @OceanSoap@lemmy.ml
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          19 months ago

          That’s a pretty small amount of doctors though, compared to most doctors who don’t wear masks.

        • @OceanSoap@lemmy.ml
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          29 months ago

          I didn’t deny covid? Lol. Covid is a thing, it exists. I got vaccinated against it and wore a mask up until it was said they’re no longer needed.

  • @kakes@sh.itjust.works
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    649 months ago

    I carry one with me. If I see someone else wearing one, I’ll put it on. I’m not really worried about anything myself, but I’ll gladly wear a mask to give someone else peace of mind.

    • I wish everyone is like you. I don’t wear masks outdoors anymore, but I still do in places like malls where there are tons of strangers. They can get pretty uncomfortable, but if it helps me avoid covid, the flu, or even colds then I’m all for it.

  • @o0joshua0o@lemmy.world
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    469 months ago

    We all wear masks…metaphorically speaking, we suppress the id, our darkest desires, and adopt a more socially acceptable image.

  • @fubo@lemmy.world
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    On public transit and airplanes, definitely. I used to get colds all the time when traveling; I don’t anymore. I think part of that is down to improvements in air filtration, but part of it is masking.

    In some shops, but not all. Mostly in shops that have a lot of people in at once, and shops that request it. I don’t mask if I’m going to the corner store to pick up some beer; I do mask at the grocery store that has a sign requesting it.

    Never for outdoor events. This might be different if I lived in a different city; a friend of mine who lives in the LA area does mask for crowded outdoor events.

    Also, doctor’s offices and a few other places require it.

    (Curious observation: On transit, I’m not usually the only person with a mask on, but I’m often the only non-Asian person with a mask on.)

    • 👽🍻👽
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      Yep, airport for sure. I used to get sick everytime I flew. Not anymore and in hindsight it seems stupid that I never masked at the airport before. And doctor’s office if it’s my primary care or urgent care. Not much of a need for a mask at the dermatologist. Basically if I’m somewhere there’s a fuck load of contagious people.

      Recently though, the air quality has been so bad from the wild fires up north that I’ve worn a mask while out. I came home one day from coughing like crazy and my throat was sore. I thought I was getting sick until I put two and two together about the thick haze of wildfire smog. Masked up until the AQI went back down and saved myself some discomfort.

      • @fubo@lemmy.world
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        69 months ago

        I’m in the Bay Area. My house had N95 masks on hand prior to COVID, because we wore them when wildfire smoke made the air yellow.

    • Scrubbles
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      49 months ago

      I always got sick when I flew. Airplanes not so much but airports definitely. Went from getting sick every flight to one out of 10ish.

    • @MagpieRhymes@lemmy.world
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      19 months ago

      Yeah, this is pretty much my standard now too. I was in hospital for a day surgery recently and was more than a little taken aback at the fact that I was one of the only people masking.

  • chase
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    339 months ago

    Yep, while inside public places. Still haven’t caught it. Knocks on wood

  • @EternalExplorer@lemm.ee
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    319 months ago

    This thread is an interesting “filter bubble” experience. Here, a city in central europe, nobody I know wears one anymore, even those who were always extra-careful on the cautious side. Basically nobody in stores wears one nor in public transport. Yeah, on occasion you find 1-2 exceptions that confirm the rule.

    Probably, this thread is largely visited by those who still do, and ignored by those who don’t.

    • @lel@lemmy.ml
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      9 months ago

      I’m in the US and I don’t know the last time I saw someone wearing a mask outside of a medical setting. Most still don’t even then.

    • @warhammercasey@lemmy.world
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      59 months ago

      I’ve noticed this a lot with both lemmy and Reddit. You have to go into any thread thinking about the kind of people that post is going to attract because it often times does not reflect the rest of the world

    • prole
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      39 months ago

      I think that’s just confirmation bias.

      Also, side note, but how does an exception ever prove/confirm a rule? I hate that saying so much.

      • @lel@lemmy.ml
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        89 months ago

        It’s a phrase used in a few different ways, but the main one is that if there’s a need to specify an exception, that indicates the existence of a general rule. Wikipedia gives the (good) example of a sign saying “No parking, Saturday 8.30am - 1.30am”. The fact that an exception has to be described for when parking is disallowed allows a driver to make the inference that parking is generally allowed.

        I think EternalExplorer is saying that the degree to which people with masks stick out on the very rare occasions that you see them, the way they need to be specified as something other than the default, just makes it even more clear that the general case is that masks are now absent from public life in their city.

    • @jochem@lemmy.ml
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      29 months ago

      I see some tourists wear one in Amsterdam. Very rarely a local, of which I always assume they’re ill themselves or easily get ill (immunocompromised and what have you).

  • @Pacifist@lemmy.ml
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    299 months ago

    If I feel under the weather and I must go out, I’ll wear a mask. Otherwise, no. Society at large has accepted the less dangerous variants as a fact of life.

    During the pandemic I wore them everywhere. A large section of society showed they couldn’t be fucking bothered so here we are.

    • @Zana@startrek.website
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      159 months ago

      As a retail worker I was dealing with people without masks on day 1. People coughing in my direction, people being jackasses. Why are people like this?

      • @Pacifist@lemmy.ml
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        109 months ago

        My take is because people are largely selfish and ignorant beyond their day to day life. Their favorite politicians/personalities told them masks infringe upon their freedoms and they bought it hook, line, and sinker.

        Once someone is convinced they’re right, no amount of evidence or information will sway them. Especially now since they have ready access to any echo chamber of their choice and it’s super easy to filter out dissenting information.

        • @Dubious_Fart@lemmy.ml
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          119 months ago

          Masks infringe upon their freedom, until they are doing Fashy Marches through cities, then suddenly masks are A-OK and they have no trouble breathing in them.

          Amazing how that works, innit?

  • @NAM@lemmy.ml
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    279 months ago

    I do. The number one “complaint” people had with me pre-pandemic was that I should smile more. Not one fucking dumbass person has told me to do that when I have my mask on. That alone is enough reason for me to never take it off when I’m dealing with customers.

    I am also still paranoid and I don’t trust the average person out there to be doing safe things.

  • @uncapybarable@lemmy.ml
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    Indoors in public, all the time.

    I don’t want to catch COVID again if I can help it. It’s a shitty, dangerous virus.

    TBH, I don’t think most people understand that it’s not just a bad cold–it’s a virus that attacks your vascular system that also does some nasty respiratory stuff. The increased risks of heart attacks and strokes after even a mild infection are not great, and if you’re getting infected every year, you’re permanently carrying that elevated risk.

  • 🦄🦄🦄
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    259 months ago

    Everytime I go grocery shopping I will also be wearing a mask. I am kind of baffled by people who seem to think that corona has poofed out of existence.

    • @tomi000@lemmy.world
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      169 months ago

      It still exists but the main problem is solved. Hospitals arent full, the virus mutated to much less deadly variants and the majority of people is immunized. Right now, Corona is just another flu. Sure its not nice but the average joe will get it now and then.

      • @BoxesOfPepe@lemmy.ml
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        119 months ago

        Good points, aside from equating COVID to the flu. Even with hospitals at normal census, the less deadly variants, and the vaccines, COVID is still less understood than the flu. Long-COVID, for example, is a serious problem, where as influenza rarely (if ever) has such lasting issues.

      • 🦄🦄🦄
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        109 months ago

        Number one reason for me is that I don’t want to get Long COVID.

      • @tron@lemm.ee
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        69 months ago

        To add to this outstanding display of rationalism. The vaccines are waaay more effective at preventing COVID than masks will ever be. Dump the mask (if you are a healthy adult) and get boosted!

        • @TheAnonymouseJoker@lemmy.ml
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          29 months ago

          Actually, no. Vaccines are less effective at containing mass spread than masks and good hygiene. The deadlier variants did not spread enough for vaccines to become better than masks, and people got immunity from Omicron, including anti-vax crowd. That said, there is no hypothetical choice, so use your masks and vaccines.

    • @Black_Gulaman@lemmy.dbzer0.com
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      139 months ago

      Out of sight out of mind. Hahaha

      Masks are good for everybody though. Even the percentage of getting infected by common airborne illnesses can be reduced by a simple mask.

      And also if you are ill, it protects others from you.

    • @los_chill@programming.dev
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      Same. Grocery, public transit, doctors office, cabs. I’ll also add public restrooms, although if Coronavirus disappeared tomorrow, I’d still probably mask up in public bathrooms. I don’t need to go back to inhaling that experience directly.

  • @Black_Gulaman@lemmy.dbzer0.com
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    239 months ago

    I do. I find it helps reduce common cold and cough infections. And i really will never stop wearing it when in a mall or any space with lots of strangers.

  • @Naz@sh.itjust.works
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    229 months ago

    I’ve noticed wearing an N95 makes the hard gasoline and diesel smells from the highway less bad when cycling-commuting.

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    If I’m sick or in a crowded space it kinda feels like common sense to me at this point tbh. Especially when sick, like I can’t fathom how I thought it was normal to just be sick and go out without a mask probably getting other people sick, even if it was just a cold.