Why Don't People Wear Masks During This Pandemic?
They don't believe the health experts and have determined from their own investigations that masks don't help curb the spread of the virus - 37.5% - 9 votes
They are making a political statement. - 16.7% - 4 votes
They truly believe that masks are an infringement on their constitutional rights and their freedom. - 25.0% - 6 votes
They have a medical reason not to wear a mask. - 0.0% - 0 votes
They believe the Coronavirus is a hoax. - 20.8% - 5 votes
Posted 7/17/2020 1:29 PM (GMT -6)
Sounds like Georgia definitely needs the mask mandate and it's pretty simple to do it in a sensible way like my state Montana has---(Hi Vince, waving to you from Helena). People in any county in our state which has less than 4 active cases are exempt from wearing a mask. At this time, that's about 1/2 the counties. It's easy to see on a daily basis on the state Covid site how many active cases there are in each state. We've been pretty lucky so far and our Governor is doing what he can to keep it that way for the health of our people and by extension, hoping to not have to have to roll back business restrictions. The "4" no. probably wouldn't work in a state like Georgia that has been badly hit.....Make it 10...or make it 20. Make it a percent of the county population and daily update the state health site so people know. Have some experts in the field weigh in on what a good no. would be. So, there are certainly ways to do it using common sense for any governor who chooses to do so.
Posted 7/17/2020 1:37 PM (GMT -6)
Also, if it gets too confusing in counties to whether masks are currently required, have some formula where masks are required for a more extended time after the magic no./percentage has been reached. Certainly, more creative minds than mine could figure out how to do that, and certainly it can be done for those governors who actually want to do so. Or let the mayors decide but I can see in Georgia that ship has sailed.
Posted 7/17/2020 1:49 PM (GMT -6)
Buddy, there were several towns including Savannah and Athens (the Governor's hometown) that mandated masks prior to Atlanta. The Governor did not push back against those towns. It wasn't until Atlanta made the same mandate that Governor Kemp started with the push-back. After Atlanta's mandate, Governor Kemp signed a new Executive order re-iterating that no municipality could have rules more stringent that the State guidelines.
Make no mistake: it's a pi**ing contest. Gov. Kemp doesn't want to mandate masks state-wide, and I'm not sure I disagree on that point, as some rural counties have little to no infection. However, when a municipality (mine included) is having outbreaks that are overwhelming local hospitals (both of ours are on complete diversion) and are on crazy upward trajectories, then there is NO EXCUSE for pushing back against local mandates that are beneficial to the communities they serve.
Randy I agree with you 100%. I don't doubt for a minute that political games are going on. For example: protesting against the economy caused spread, while protests against "racism" didn't? I see bias there.
Posted 7/17/2020 2:15 PM (GMT -6)
Buddy, I'm going off topic a bit. I attended a couple of the protests against racism. There was no "rioting" or ugliness at the ones I attended. I don't know why anyone would say protests against mandates would have caused any more spread than the one's against racism. I'm not sure who/where that particular meme came from. I will say this, though. At the protests I attended I did not see one single un-masked person. There may have been some, but I didn't see them. Both probably contributed to the spread as evidenced by the up-tick in cases, though. My daughter adopted 2 African American children from our local foster system. It was only a couple of weeks prior to the George Floyd incident that the Ahmad Arbery incident happened not too far from where we live. My grandson turns 9 this year and was asking questions. So, we, as a family took him to show him how peaceful protest can be handled, how you stand up for what you believe it right, and how America has a history of change through protest, right on back to the Boston Tea Party. I absolutely wish this all had not happened at the same time, because it limited what we, as a family could safely do. Our family has been attacked by white supremacists who accused my daughter of "raising the enemy", along with calling her things so vile, I couldn't post them here, so we've seen the ugly up close. This is now way, way off topic, so I'll bow out. But, I'd love for folks to see how our (white) lives have been affected by "racism" upon the adoption of these children. It was eye-opening, to be sure.
Posted 7/17/2020 2:25 PM (GMT -6)
...and guys, if I want to use the term Wuhan flu I simply will. The reality is, at a minimum, China covered this outbreak up to the world’s detriment. Hundreds of thousands worldwide are dead for their silence/incompetence.
Fine if it makes you feel better using that term. Since you want to single people to call out:
1) How about a President who first denied the significance of the virus and continually fought his experts every step of the way, setting a fine example of what not to do
2) How about those who insisted on having their "freedom" to open up the country and do what they want despite the results which were so predictable. Some of them posted here. SOUND FAMILIAR
Posted 7/17/2020 2:34 PM (GMT -6)
I always like Mel to have the last word!
I think we have polled this long enough so I'm gonna lock it down. Let's continue the COVID-19 discussion on some of the other threads.