1. Darrell M Darrell M United States says:

    In the US, states with and without mask mandates experienced statistically the same level of spread during the same time period. Communal immunity is constantly changing as people are exposed to the virus. I didn't see any mention of controlling for these variables.

    Personally, I had a documented infection Mar 2020. Symptoms were similar to a mild flu, I was over it in 5 days. I lived as normally as possible and hadn't had as much as a sniffle until vaccinated in Nov '21. The vaccine put me in the hospital and felt 10x worse than my first bout with COVID. I recently (Jul '21) tested positive with an at home test. I felt fine, but had a slight  runny nose. My father in law had a "pretty bad cold" for a few weeks, testing negative a couple times. I tested myself at the first sign of any symptom mostly out of curiosity. I will gladly have a runny nose for a couple days every two years if I don't have to wear a mask most my waking life.

    I was onboard wearing masks at first if there was any chance of eradicating the disease. The virus is mutating and/or immunity waning too quickly for any chance of eradicating it. We have a new cold virus, I accepted that years ago, it's here to stay if one wears a mask or not. Watch a video of a person vaping in a mask if you need more evidence of their efficacy.

    • Matt E Matt E United States says:

      Except for some people, it's much worse than a cold. My mom is a chemo patient and has a compromised immune system due to the chemo drug, and had both shots+ the booster and still nearly died because her immune system wasn't strong enough for the vaccine to trigger an immune response. This was in late January, with omicron which is supposedly milder.  She never leaves the house except to buy groceries, took all the cautions etc. It's sad she nearly died alone and had to listen to so many people complain about mask. It's a minor inconvenience to mask for a few minutes. Surgeons wear them for a reason.

      • Kathleen M Kathleen M United States says:

        Its called being a part and doing your part in your community! Selfishness amongst these people is astonishing! Even the old ppl are sooooo ignorant here! So embarrassing to be a living witness to the horrible conspiracy theories that have taken these ideologies and impressed them so obviously on ignorant selfish Mericans! Grow up! Get the vaccines and wear a mask and stfu !!

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