To wear or not to wear a mask?

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Jul 2021
8:43pm, 20 Jul 2021
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Angus Clydesdale
When we walked through Haltwhistle a couple of weeks ago (on holiday, so we were) there was a queue of half a dozen folks outside Barclays Bank (only-2-at-a-time-please) and they were all wearing masks. It looked for all the world like the James Gang was in town.
Jul 2021
9:27pm, 20 Jul 2021
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cathrobinson
I just went to Tesco. Put my mask on without a second thought, and so - it appears - did just about everyone else who was in at that time. It’s a habit now, I think.
Jul 2021
10:15pm, 20 Jul 2021
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Angus Clydesdale
That's certainly what I've found round here ( on the odd occasion I've ventured out ).
Jul 2021
2:19pm, 21 Jul 2021
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CStar
Not wearing a mask in general. Prompted by medical friends/relatives, I'm hugely sceptical about their efficacy unless it is the right type of mask and worn properly, which the vast majority aren't. Most 'face coverings' pointless other than for reassurance, which is false anyway as we know in theory they are for protecting others, not oneself. I'll wear one out of courtesy on public transport, if crowded, for now.
Jul 2021
2:26pm, 21 Jul 2021
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Chrisull
Prior to covid 19 the wearing of masks was controversial -yes BUT an increasing body of evidence has shown they are effective - I'll lay this one here - on the study of masks taken from feb 2021 on reducing spread of covid 19 , which shows not just the reduced chance of spreading infection and also the viral load - mask material and tightness played a part, but the study didn't go into this.

jamanetwork.com

Of course after age, vaccinations, viral load is perhaps the next highest determinant on how badly you get covid.
Jul 2021
10:53pm, 21 Jul 2021
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Scorge
happy to wear them in poorly ventiliated germ traps (trains, shops), though not really into wearing them outdoors, AFAIK the basic epidemiology of less risk with UV/etc still applies even with the newer variant.

(cue me self isolating in a week...)
Jul 2021
8:19pm, 24 Jul 2021
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Grast_girl
Our graduations this year were peculiar in respect to mask wearing. Academics processed in wearing masks, then were told they could take them off while seated. Students paraded in with masks on, then could take them off while crossing the stage. Staff handing out degree holders etc all masked throughout.

I wore mine the whole time, despite being seated. The students are generally more conscientious than they're given credit for, but they are the least vaccinated group.

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