FriscoHeavy wrote:LOT767301ER wrote:dennypayne wrote:
Sigh...it's not about the risk to *you* - it's about the risk of you having it, not knowing (asymptomatic), and passing it along to someone else who will be severely affected by it. Masks are absolutely proven to reduce this risk, so anyone that doesnt wear one is just being selfish.
Not really, weak must die for the strong to live. This is called nature. In this case the weak are old and have many co-morbidities.
That's exactly right and EXACTLY what we have seen. Look, I'm not going to change the peoples' minds who are afraid of their own shadows (and that's fine - I respect other's to believe as they choose, whether or not it's rational).
I won't get into the nitty gritty details, but high level based on the claims we've seen (directly related to death):
1. Average age of death: 78-79.
2. Co-morbities involved.
3. Regardless of Corona or any other illness, we statistically expected these people to die within the following 2-3 years based on their age and life expectancy.
Can you find the oddball (35 year old healthy person) that gets it and dies? Of course. But you get that with any illness (disease, cancer, etc). But if you actually look at the statistics, it's not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination. Those who are known be in a 'high risk' are likely staying home and protecting themselves.
What we've found is that even those that are 'high risk', a vast majority of them are even surviving. People are paranoid and that, along with the mental health side effects are worse than the disease itself, unfortunately.
As mentioned, there are a small minority of people who really should take it seriously and stay home, but for a vast majority, parading around with your mask thinking you're saving the world is not reality. Again, I'm about people having a choice. I respect your choice if that's what you want to do and will not belittle you, but that same courtesy and respect should be shown for us to want to live our normal lives. It can be done for 99.9% of people if you want it to.
We should respect opposing view points.
See, here is the problem with this. Let's say I have strep throat. Do you want me to cough near you? I doubt it - you're hope is that I cover my cough, try to not travel when infectious and be judicious in my interactions with others.
Or, as you say, you can respect my right to do whatever I want and spew a infectious bacteria all over by coughing near you. Is that really what you want?