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State launches new ad campaign to urge people to wear masks and stuff

Get Back Mass (:30 General)

Gov. Baker announced the new campaign at a Covid-19 press conference today.

State Rep. Mike Connolly (D-Somerville, Cambridge) says the ad is OK, but there are some other things the governor could do to really #getbackmass, none of which involved licensing Beetles songs.

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How about an ad showing the Transit Police issuing a 300 dollar fine for passengers who refuse to wear a masks.

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Almost every single cop I've seen over the past 8 months has been maskless. They don't care about our safety.

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of this ad features people violating the governor's own order that everyone wear masks outside at all times.

Of course, I still see people by themselves outside without masks, especially when running, and no one seems to really care, but you'd think the state would try to promote clarity around the policy rather than increasing confusion.

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These people who refuse to wear masks while outdoors, and elsewhere, and insist on violating the rules for mask wearing and social distancing, and against having large gatherings of people, either indoors or outdoors, should be slapped with a huge fine. Hit them where it hurts most--in their pocketbooks.

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Of course.

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...unless it clearly instructs people the masks must cover their nose. Many, and I mean MANY, MANY of the people I see on the T, in supermarkets, etc do not cover their noses. I don't understand why. There are so many that the law of averages would indicate even someone reading this now is a nose exposer. Can you explain why?

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... get so steamed up people can’t see.

Putting your glasses over instead of under the mask helps but then your glasses don’t fit and you still can’t see well.

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Or get a better mask. It needs to have that metal strip in the top so you can fit it around your nose. If you can't do that, yeah, your glasses will fog. Exhalation should not go out past the top of the mask. It might help if you hook the ear loops together behind your head. A partially-straightened paper clip works for that, or you can spend money on some purpose-built doodad. Hooking the loops together tightens the mask onto your face, and lakes the load off your ears.

If you're using one of those bandana things, you may be out of luck.

As I mentioned elsewhere, rubbing bar soap on the lenses, then polishing them will reduce fogging.

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... such as lanolin will smear and can permanently damage your lenses.

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Now if only the federal government would take a page out of the books of the countries who have had success and pay people to stay home.

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Of the countries who pay people to stay home? It really isnt that simple. Italy, Germany, France, Denmark, Spain, UK all had programs that you mentioned. 4 out if those 6 places are doing worse than the US in terms of deaths per million. Unrest is developing in nearly all these places with protests and financial hardship growing.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/01/gover...

Denmark is the one place where it may have been effective, but is a country with a smaller population than Mass. They also have.sense and follow science. They have in school learning without social distancing and majority of kids wearing no masks.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.5720508

In fact, the majority if the country wears no masks with only a 10-20% rate of mask wearing compared to 80+% in US. Yet Scandanavia has some of the lowest rates in Europe.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8576913/am...

Denmark also just successfully protested for 9 days to get forced vaccine mandate law thrown out, so they seem to be one if the few countries that get it.
https://www.corona-stocks.com/forced-vaccination-law-in-denmark-abandone...

Portuguese courts also just determined that PCR tests are not reliable and that lockdowns are not lawful because of that. Not easy to find in US media, but become an interesting story internationally.
https://www.portugalresident.com/judges-in-portugal-highlight-more-than-...

Lastly, we are a country of 340 million people. Do you really want a reality where governmnent pays us not to work? I'm just not sure that anyone really wants or finds satisfaction in that plan, and not sure how you think it gets paid for.

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Lastly, we are a country of 340 million people. Do you really want a reality where governmnent pays us not to work? I'm just not sure that anyone really wants or finds satisfaction in that plan, and not sure how you think it gets paid for.

...and there are always ways to pay for things, but rich people don’t like paying taxes and the rest of us don’t like suggesting that they should.

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either don't understand, or are willfully ignorant of the fact that:

A) a person can be infected with Covid-19 and still be asymptomatic, and therefore still spread the virus to other people.

B) It takes only a minority of people who refuse to wear masks, to social distance, and to insist on having large gatherings/parties of people, whether it be indoors or outdoors, to put each other, themselves, their friends, neighbors, families, and acquaintances and classmates at risk, including older people, and/or people (regardless of age), at risk of serious illness and/or death from Covid-19..

C) Anybody who's old enough to vote, serve in our military, buy a house/marry/receive medical treatment without parental consent, be tried in and charged with whatever they've been arrested for in an adult court (as opposed to a juvenile court of law), to serve an adult sentence in an adult prison as opposed to a juvenile prison, if convicted (i. e. meaning 18 years old and up.), is plenty old enough to abide the the rules for mask wearing and social distancing, and the rules against having large gatherings of people either in or outdoors, and to suffer consequences (i. e. being kicked out of college, being hit where it hurts most-i. e. their pocketbook, with a substantial fine, and to lose all or part of their college tuition.

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is plenty old enough to abide the the rules for mask wearing and social distancing

Or, if for some reason they can't (or feel they can't), they can stay home. What's that you say? Can't wear a mask properly, or at all? Shop at a store that will do curbside pickup, which means you keep your maskless self in the car with the windows rolled up while they put your bags of stuff on the pavement and walk away, and THEN you get out and put it in your car and drive away. What's that you say? Your favorite store doesn't do curbside? Guess you don't get to shop there. What's that you say? Your kid refuses to wear a mask and has a meltdown tantrum every time you try? Leave them home when you go shopping (and by the way, because of reduced occupancy, you should be shopping solo anyway).

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I liked #seedMAbaby better. #getbackseedMAbaby

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I can't remember the last time I've seen someone maskless

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Then you haven't ridden the T recently where I have seen both riders and T employees maskless or with masks hanging off their faces. Also saw masks hanging off faces in my local Shaws. I need to inhabit your world where everybody wears masks.

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This is true.

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The commuter rail is the worst. Riders and employees do not comply.

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Then you probably arent having to go to work with the public everyday. I work retail and it sucks, people have to be reminded all the time to wear masks. The confusing messaging from Baker that its dangerous to gather with friends in your home but totally safe to dine indoors with tables of up to 10 is making things really difficult for us expendable workers who have to interact with customers and coworkers everyday.
I don't understand Bakers vision that if you are spending money you wont spread the virus, only people who gather socially in a non transactional way will. And since the contact tracing program isnt working well and studies keep showing indoor gatherings like dining in restaurants is a cause of the spread, we need action from Baker and Walsh.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/23/health/coronavirus-holiday-gatherings...
"In states where a breakdown is available, long-term care facilities, food processing plants, prisons, health care settings, and restaurants and bars are still the leading sources of spread, the data suggest."

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Not construction workers, fire fighters, and police officers. It’s amazing to me how often I see groups of people in these specific jobs not wearing masks AND standing closely together.

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Considering that construction workers, firefighters and police officers are the people who work to build, and to protect our property and citizenship (*i. e. firefighters and police officers, especially), it's downright disgusting and irresponsible of them not to uphold the rules of mask-wearing and social distancing, and the rules against having large gatherings of people, either indoors or outdoors.

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last January and February, when the Covid-19 virus was relatively easy to contain and to control, and had Donald Trump had handled it better, not insisted that it was a hoax, and not lied to the American people about the seriousness of Covid-19, not fired the government's anti-pandemic coalition, and had there been a 3-4 month lockdown which included paying people to stay at home, we would be back to normal by now, or at least close to it.

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Yes, we're entitled to blame Trump. He played his reality-TV role for the entire duration of the crisis (he's still doing it now), and by doing so sentenced many thousands of American citizens to disease and death. He belongs in prison. His negligent mass murder won't be what puts him there, though; it'll be tax evasion or something.

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I don't see this working without some bite behind it. I teach across the river, where in person learning is happening for preK-3rd grade (thanks to them changing the metrics suddenly after the original ones would mean going fully remote), and was nearly assaulted by a parent last week when we asked her to wear a mask before coming to pick up her child. Proclaimed this was all a hoax. Meanwhile the rich part of town is pushing for full in person learning in the same breath that they're lying to the school about play dates with COVID positive classmates, leading to four cases in the last two weeks. If they won't take it seriously, a little ad isn't going to bullpucky.

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