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Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.

By Mike Cunningham On July 6th, 2020

The trouble with times like these, with the threat of what can either be described as a deadly virus pandemic, or a disease just slightly worse in intensity that the flu; is the simple choices we have to make. Remembering, all the time that the people, the politicians, doing the announcing of ‘Guidance’ or Rules’ are no better educated than we are: it’s just that they are presumed to have better information than we do. 

There are certain things what we know  to be true,  and other things which have been the subject of enormous speculation, comment, and a certain amount of ridicule. Take the thorny subject of face masks. 

Peter Hitchens believes that the face mask farrago is yet another attempt to make us all bow down the false gods of Covid-19, and insists that they don’t work.  He states “Its evangelists will not leave you and me alone, but constantly seek to force us to join. This is why I make such a fuss about the demand to make us all wear muzzles. This is not about health. 

There is simply not enough evidence to compel us to do so. It is an attempt to force submission on Covid unbelievers.”

The Department of Health  says clearly: ‘The evidence of the benefit of using a face covering to protect others is weak and the effect is likely to be small.’

The truth is: we just do not know how the virus spreads fastest. Is it spread by contact, shaking hands or kissing? Is it spread by speaking loudly, with these droplets propelled in the air? Whether carried by large droplets that zoom through the air after a sneeze, or by much smaller exhaled droplets that may glide the length of a room, the coronavirus is borne through air and can infect people when inhaled, the scientists said, according to the NYT.

So, face masks or not?

Strangely enough, not too many people have questioned if the use of nitrile gloves give benefit and protection to the wearer. As one cannot but look upon the whole world outside of your own home as a deadly menace, from the first news about the virus, lockdown etc., I never venture out without both face mask and a fresh pair of nitrile gloves. Everyone else can make their own decisions, butI I always act in the knowledge that I am the sole support for my Jacqueline; who is totally dependent upon me for everything. I cannot protect her from every peril, but with mask and gloves, I can at least protect her from this virus, as her systems are totally compromised.

25 Responses to “Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”

  1. Everyone else can make their own decisions

    Not nessecarily:

    Bayonne: Bus driver left brain dead after being ‘attacked over face masks’


    Many sensible comments in this piece.

  2. If people want to be muzzled then fine, but a piece of soggy cotton won’t do much. Being sensible and alert is far more useful.

  3. Face mask at the very least reduce the open spread of pathogens out of the wearers mouth . Wearing nitrile gloves on the other hand (pardon the pun) I think is useless especially in public. People wearing gloves are likely to think they can safely touch more items – thereby likely spreading any virus particles they come into contact with , and like virtually everyone else, they will touch their face on occasion without thinking. If you wash your hands or sanitise frequesntly there is no need to wear gloves.

  4. Hichens makes his living by pretending to be outraged at every opportunity by the government. He lacks his brother’s wit, unpredictability and intellect.

  5. He also lacks the ability to smile. Try and find any interview online with him where he even grins mildly let alone laughs is impossible.

  6. Charles

    Were you there? 🙂


  7. Hot tempered Florida Trumper screams at woman who asks him to wear mask inside store


    There are many cases like this, many cases of Trumpers abusing waiters/waitresses, store clerks

    And you wonder why the virus is rampaging through Florida and Texas.

  8. Pete Moore,
    //If people want to be muzzled then fine, but a piece of soggy cotton won’t do much.//

    You should let the millions of doctors, nurses and surgeons around the world who work in operating theatres and surgeries know that Pete.

  9. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html



    Of course, rigid bloggers and the people who scream at store clerks about their ” liberty ” know better than the Cleveland Clinic, the CDC, and the NHS. Everyone knows that

  10. It’s why I love ATW Phantom.
    We’ve got so many armchair experts on here to explan why highly qualified peple who’ve spent years working in their chosen Fields, are wrong.

  11. Oh yes. We have people here who are experts on every possible subject. Not ignorant like Fauci and that fraud Einstein.


    Hello anti mask people

    Here’s another one of you.


  12. I can’t understand the ‘I won’t wear a mask/I won’t be muzzled’ line of thinking.
    If the virus is deadly, then a mask will protect you, even if only a little bit better than not wearing it. If the virus turns out not to be as bad as first thought, then what will it have done to your liberties? Absolutely nothing. You just wore a mask for a short period of time.
    This fake, macho bullshit thing is just that: fake, macho bullshit. But it could well be – and the mortality rates seem to confirm it – that this fake, macho bullshit will cost lives.

  13. It will cost many lives

    But I believe that the purpose of cloth masks here -Isn’t- to protect the wearer, Not mainly anyway

    It is to protect the other people.

    Anyone of us could be spreading the virus without knowing it, even if there are no symptoms.

    A cloth mask minimizes the small droplets that emerge from the mouth or nose, making the spread far less efficient

  14. It is to protect the other people.

    Perhaps this is the reason for the macho stuff. ‘It doesn’t affect me, so I won’t wear it.’

  15. Sad to say, I think is part of it

    I hate wearing a mask, especially when walking fast down the street, it’s uncomfortable

    But I wear it out of respect for the other people in a crowded city

    Those who refuse to wear a mask at this point Have no consideration whatsoever for their fellow man.

    There are not two sides to this story

  16. Phantom

    Save the mask wearing for indoor spaces. It will be more effective if put on fresh when entering the indoor space. It is wasteful and becomes less effective if you have been wearing outdoors prior to entering the hared indoor area,

  17. Colm

    I don’t wear the mask all the time when outside. I have experimented with wearing it while walking, where I found it uncomfortable, esp in this July heat

    I wore it this morning, when waiting at a bus stop, out of respect for the other people waiting

    But during normal walking about, it’s pretty easy to stay away from others, so most of the time outdoors I don’t wear it

    But always always in stores, and on buses and trains.

  18. Fair enough Phantom. It’s compulsory to wear masks on transport here now but not in Stores.

  19. Big mistake For the UK not to require masks in stores…


    Vietnam, a low income country right by China has had superb results So far on this

    As have Taiwan , and Singapore and Japan, more rich nations

    There are multiple reasons for this, but one of them appears to be that those people wear masks. No drama, no whining, they just carry on and suppress the virus

  20. Correct Phantom. It should be added that Vietnam’s borders have been almost entirely closed since early March. That’s not sustainable and they will certainly re-import the virus once they open up.

    Masks on public transport are now compulsory here, non-compliance is punishable by a fine. Not sure why they haven’t one the same for shops and supermarkets.

  21. Brazil’s President has been almost as daffy about this as Trump, and now he has it.

  22. Mahons

    The trouble is – if he only has mild symptoms and gets over it quickly he will probably use his experience to ‘prove’ its “a lot of fuss over just the flu”

  23. United States registers record daily tally of new cases – 60,000

    US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that America was “in a good place” regarding the pandemic.

    But Dr Anthony Fauci, infectious disease expert and adviser to the White House on coronavirus, said the country was still “knee-deep” in only its first coronavirus wave.

    hmmn? who to believe hey .. ( scratches head )

  24. Some said recently that all the countries with ‘strongmen’ leaders are an absolute sh¦t show when it comes to Covid 19, and this does seem to be broadly correct.

  25. yes petr i was one of those guys who said that, other i guess to too
    Trunk,Putin, Bolosonaro have all been piss-poor , cowardly and weak as running pooh
    Makes you question what “strong” is supposed to mean .. ( hint. its a crock of .. )