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Mask Mandates Slipping Away Swiftly Throughout the US

Mask Mandates Slipping Away Swiftly Throughout the US

Stores that bitterly cling to masks will find themselves with fewer customers; states bitterly clinging to mandates will find themselves with fewer citizens.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA9CC-OfBV8

A preference cascade occurs when ordinary people, who have been acting against their inclinations due to societal pressures, suddenly discover that their personal feelings are shared by many of the population. Therefore, public behavior swiftly adjusts accordingly.

The US is now experiencing the mask-free preference cascade. States and stores across the country drop their mask requirements after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 could stop donning face coverings.

The governors of at least 10 states and officials at a slew of retail giants, like Walmart, announced they would no longer require masks, at least for those fully vaccinated against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

Delaware’s governor, Democrat John Carney, said effective May 21 residents will not be forced to wear masks anytime they are indoors with people they do not live with.

“It’s clear that the COVID-19 vaccines are extremely safe and protective against infection and serious illness,” he said in a statement.

Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Vermont, and Virginia also relaxed or eliminated masking requirements. Some also eased or rescinded social distancing mandates.

This is a decision that has been needlessly delayed.

Many large-chain retailers are announcing changes to face mask policies for fully vaccinated customers as well.

Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costco and Publix were the first to confirm updates to mask requirements, leading the way for mask-free shopping except where required by state or local mandate. In some cases, vaccinated store employees can also go to work without a mask.

Many retailers, including Apple, Target, CVS and Walgreens, say they are still evaluating the CDC guidance but say they could update policies.

Starbucks updates its policy starting Monday and makes masks “optional for vaccinated customers beginning Monday, May 17, unless local regulations require them by law.”

And while California is still participating in pandemic Kabuki Theater, Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state would stop requiring people to wear masks in almost all circumstances on June 15, when most COVID-restrictions are set to end.

“We’re not wearing face coverings. We’re not restricted in any way, shape or form from doing the old things that we used to do, save for huge, large-scale indoor convention events like that, where we use our common sense,” Newsom said in an interview with Fox 11’s Elex Michaelson on Tuesday.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo decided to follow the CDC guidance after hesitation this weekend. The new guidelines begin on Wednesday.

For those of you following: The reproduction number for the country is less than 1 for the fourth week in a row. The epidemic within the United States is ending and…God willing…the rest of the world will follow.

In light of this preference cascade, it is transparently clear: Stores that bitterly cling to masks in the wake of this science will find themselves with fewer customers; states bitterly adhering to mandates will find themselves with fewer citizens.

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Comments

Years ago there was a mask mandate for children to wear masks at halloween. I think the purpose then was the same as now; to enable companies that sold masks to make a lot of money.

nice looking cans in the red sweater

NicolasLeFloch | May 17, 2021 at 6:03 pm

Yes, finally this fraud is unraveling, and Phony Tony along with it. Kudos to Rand Paul.

Now enjoy watching the mask fascists freak out as they lose control.

It’ll be funny the first time someone makes note that the number of people who have de-masked is significantly higher than the percentage vaccinated and the left melts down. Again.

I wonder who’ll be the first de-masker to be doxxed for not being vaxxed?

    n.n in reply to MrE. | May 17, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Inoculated, including preexisting immunity, naturally acquired immunity, and, yes, vaccination, too. Perhaps statistically improbable. The “anti-vaxxer” pejorative becomes less viable with scientific rigor.

      n.n in reply to n.n. | May 17, 2021 at 8:23 pm

      Also, therapeutic treatments that complement system function to mitigate infection and disease progression.

Masks have been a fucking joke since day 1, and way too many idiots went along with it because they were hypochondriac idiots incapable of assessing the actual risk.

You know what ACTUAL science about masks looks like?

When they provide specific materials and thickness standards that they are required to meet, and provide you SPECIFIC NUMBERS as to how effective each level of mask is. The ONLY concrete numbers they have ever provided for infection were with N95 masks, which NOBODY is wearing.

These moronic cloth masks do JACK FUCKING SHIT to stop the virus and I’m sick of Democrats treating them like a religious talisman that wards off evil, and Republicans meekly going along with their insanity.

    CommoChief in reply to Olinser. | May 17, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    Dude…don’t blow a gasket. Fraidy cat d/progressive gonna do their thing.

    You are absolutely correct about the N95. The remaining masks were largely talismans. These are the same folks who don’t want you to possess a firearm because …..well I still don’t understand it but somehow the idea that their neighbor might have one is terrifying to them.

    Live your life and let the magic mask people live theirs.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Olinser. | May 18, 2021 at 2:09 am

    You are correct that only properly fitted N95 respiratory masks (and fitted by a professional) provide source protection. HOWEVER, the mask plan was always about source control from the wearers rather than protection for the wearer. Duke did a simple bench study that showed an effective drop in particle velocity leaving the source after passing through almost every type of mask available (the least effective were neck gaiters).

      mark311 in reply to healthguyfsu. | May 18, 2021 at 7:13 am

      “effective drop in particle velocity” Exactly – in context of social distancing in makes a lot of sense to wear a mask. Hence why, as part of a package of measures they have been shown to be very effective.

        randian in reply to mark311. | May 18, 2021 at 9:08 am

        No, they haven’t. Mask studies consistently show that respiratory viruses are not stopped by masks, even in hospitals with presumably highly motivated and knowledgable users (doctors and nurses).

          n.n in reply to randian. | May 18, 2021 at 11:53 am

          Yes, at best, most masks have random effectiveness. At worst, they produce a placebo effect, and increase infections from aerosolyzed particles, droplets spread over time, and fecal transmission of some hearty antigens that survive and even prosper in that environment.

        DaveGinOly in reply to mark311. | May 18, 2021 at 2:50 pm

        https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7680614/

        Efficacy of facemasks

        The physical properties of medical and non-medical facemasks suggest that facemasks are ineffective to block viral particles due to their difference in scales [16], [17], [25]. According to the current knowledge, the virus SARS-CoV-2 has a diameter of 60 nm to 140 nm [nanometers (billionth of a meter)] [16], [17], while medical and non-medical facemasks’ thread diameter ranges from 55 µm to 440 µm [micrometers (one millionth of a meter), which is more than 1000 times larger [25]. Due to the difference in sizes between SARS-CoV-2 diameter and facemasks thread diameter (the virus is 1000 times smaller), SARS-CoV-2 can easily pass through any facemask [25]. In addition, the efficiency filtration rate of facemasks is poor, ranging from 0.7% in non-surgical, cotton-gauze woven mask to 26% in cotton sweeter material [2]. With respect to surgical and N95 medical facemasks, the efficiency filtration rate falls to 15% and 58%, respectively when even small gap between the mask and the face exists [25].

        Clinical scientific evidence challenges further the efficacy of facemasks to block human-to-human transmission or infectivity. A randomized controlled trial (RCT) of 246 participants [123 (50%) symptomatic)] who were allocated to either wearing or not wearing surgical facemask, assessing viruses transmission including coronavirus [26]. The results of this study showed that among symptomatic individuals (those with fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose ect…) there was no difference between wearing and not wearing facemask for coronavirus droplets transmission of particles of >5 µm. Among asymptomatic individuals, there was no droplets or aerosols coronavirus detected from any participant with or without the mask, suggesting that asymptomatic individuals do not transmit or infect other people [26]. This was further supported by a study on infectivity where 445 asymptomatic individuals were exposed to asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 carrier (been positive for SARS-CoV-2) using close contact (shared quarantine space) for a median of 4 to 5 days. The study found that none of the 445 individuals was infected with SARS-CoV-2 confirmed by real-time reverse transcription polymerase [27].

    Andy in reply to Olinser. | May 18, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    The virus size and transmission is exactly like every other virus this size and transmitted via air particles.

    Science said masks won’t help. The numbers say masks didn’t help. The politicians and sheeple are the only ones say mask up.

    This virus has shown me how easily sheep can be controlled and it’s completely horrifying.

As of 10AM there were only 2 states that have no mask deadline, Hawaii and NY. Both states run by full on nut jobs. At least Hawaii does not have a murderer at the helm, just a cowardly fool.

Governor Hair Gel has referred the mask decision to the scientists of OSHA. LA’s Fake Doctor Ferrera dodged the decision by passing it up to Hair Gel.

When the science fails to support the political agenda, there is always bureaucracy and can kicking. Delay, delay, delay. No one wants to be THE ONE remembered for this hoax.

When asked f you’ve been vaxxed, just say “Isn’t everyone?”

    murkyv in reply to Melinda. | May 17, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    I identify as “vaccinated”

    They can’t question my ” choice” now

    “Are you implying that I would lie?”

    nordic_prince in reply to Melinda. | May 17, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Just ask the mask Nazi Karen if she’s had a Pap smear lately. If it’s Karl instead of Karen, ask him how’d his latest digital rectal exam went.

    That ought to shut them up in a hurry.

    Andy in reply to Melinda. | May 18, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    My answer is nope.

    Don’t like it? Go fuck yourself.

    That answer is important to be comfortably forceful and unapologetic with in a world full of over entitled Karens and Stalins.

    If questioned in trusted company- give logic or say I looked at the facts and made a conclusion. If they don’t like it- again… Go fuck yourself.

Colonel Travis | May 17, 2021 at 7:05 pm

I like how different final mask dates are given by various entities. Delaware is a disease-ridden filth zone on May 20 but May 21, hello fresh and clean.

    Paddy M in reply to Colonel Travis. | May 17, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    Governor Andolf Beshear said Thursday that KY would start following the new CDC guidelines only to say the next day that June 11th is the day.

      Colonel Travis in reply to Paddy M. | May 17, 2021 at 7:55 pm

      My county alone has half the number of cases as the entire state of Ky. right now. Science! We’re all gonna die until June 11!

    CommoChief in reply to Colonel Travis. | May 17, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    Meh…your term paper isn’t due until 9:00 AM but after that it’s late. Arbitrary dates and times are….arbitrary.

The only people “bitter” about anything appear to be the Trumptards who still hilariously think the election was “stolen”.🤣

    Paddy M in reply to cgray451. | May 17, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    Don’t worry, Chuckles. You can wear as many masks as you want for as long as you want. Maybe you’ll get a pat on the head for being special.

    CommoChief in reply to cgray451. | May 17, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    Stolen? I don’t have any evidence that the 2020 election was stolen, nor do I have any evidence that the election wasn’t stolen.

    What we do know is that in many States and localities there were very interesting anomalies that remain unexplained and seemingly ignored.

    For instance the percentage of non in person ballot rejection. Historically it is about 3% or so. In the primary elections in the summer the rate was over 20%. Then in November the rate drops to less than 1/2 of one %. That is odd. Might be something there, might not be but we don’t know which.

    Lets see how the audits turn out before we rush to judgement either way. You do agree that audits of the election process will either prove or disprove the allegations don’t you?

      mark311 in reply to CommoChief. | May 18, 2021 at 7:27 am

      @CommoChief

      If you are referring to the Arizona audit I wouldn’t. Its proven to be pretty pointless. There are serious concerns that its not been carried out with any sort of proper protocols. Remember the fuss about election night when election watchers were 15ft away vs 6ft now imagine a ballot recount held in private using technology that no one knows works by a partisan private company that has previously blurted out conspiracy theories. On that basis I’m not clear that I care about the audit in terms of being proof.

      With regard to non in person ballot rejection there is a good article on this

      https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-so-few-absentee-ballots-were-rejected-in-2020/

      Might go some way in answering your question.

      PS the election watcher rules varied quite a bit, I forget the details of that particular issue.

        CommoChief in reply to mark311. | May 18, 2021 at 9:59 am

        Mark,

        So using your logic, that ‘politically partisan’ groups or entities are not to be trusted…..that would bring every election result under a cloud of suspicion.

        After all, the State Legislatures and Governor are politicians and set the election code. The State SoS are elected as are the County Clerks who implement and execute the election code.

        Lots of other anomalies as well. I am all for explanations but unless these theories are backed by a comprehensive audit data they remain unproven theories.

        Ballots and election paperwork such as chain of custody ECT are required to be retained to conduct audits. The resistance to or mocking of audits as somehow beyond the pale is, IMO, very telling.

        Lets see how these multiple audits play out, review their process and evaluate their conclusions based upon the evidence before we pass judgement.

        james h in reply to mark311. | May 18, 2021 at 10:51 am

        The MCBoS won’t comply with subpoena’s, and won’t answer questions under oath. If the AZ Senate compels testimony, I think they’ll all end up pleading the 5th.

        It would be much easier to believe that the election was clean if there wasn’t such a full-bore effort to stop anyone looking into it, to the point of defying subpoenas and possibly pleading the 5th. In AZ, they’re so scared of the door to door canvassing that they’re running a bunch of radio ads warning people not to answer their doors! So much money and effort is being between these ads, dozens of lawyers from out of state, and threats from the DOJ – they say you know you’re over the target when you’re taking the most flak.

        The dam may be bursting, though. We’ll see what happens in Antrim County, a statewide audit may go forward. Same for Wisconsin. New Hampshire is also ripe since they can’t get recounts to match in Windham County.

        If all the audits are done, and the results stand, I’m fine with that. Free and fair elections are all most people want.

        n.n in reply to mark311. | May 18, 2021 at 11:55 am

        Democratic gerrymandering occurred through both irregularities and confirmed fraud, with more cases under investigation.

        DaveGinOly in reply to mark311. | May 18, 2021 at 3:04 pm

        It’s actually much simpler than “fraud” or “cheating” of any kind. Several states conducted their elections under rules not established by their legislatures, in violation of the plain requirement set out in the Constitution. (Rule changes in many states were mandated by governors, secretaries of state, judges, etc., and not by the legislators of those states.) Those states’ electoral votes should not have been awarded to any candidate.

        I don’t care what any judge says. I have high reading comprehension skills and understand that a rule made by a secretary of state to impose universal mail-in balloting or to extend the period during which ballots are accepted (in contravention to state law made by legislators) are not rules made legislators, and the Constitution requires a state’s electors to be appointed “in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct.” Electors appointed under any other “manner” than that directed by a state’s legislature do not pass constitutional muster and should not have been certified.

    No, I’m pretty sure a troll who feels compelled to gripe about an election his candidate allegedly won, in a thread that isn’t abut the election, probably qualifies as bitter more than anyone else here.

      CommoChief in reply to McGehee. | May 17, 2021 at 8:42 pm

      But not as bitter as he will be following the mid terms……If the sit on their hands, sit this election out r folks show up and vote instead of what happened in the GA Senate runoffs…

    nordic_prince in reply to cgray451. | May 17, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Aw… isn’t that cute? There’s actually someone who believes the D fairy tale that the 2020 election was all above board, without a smidgen of corruption. He probably also thinks that the Ds are the party of the everyday guy. HAHAHA.

    Run along, squirt, and let the grownups talk. Go play in the street or something.

    RandomCrank in reply to cgray451. | May 17, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    How nice that the communist party delegated cgray to visit LI

    Please keep wearing your mask in perpetuity. It will save the rest of us from having to look at your resting bitch face.

I’ve looked at guidelines for summer camps for kids this year, all summer camps, Scouts, Y, Kiwanis, for profit, whatever.

Don’t bother sending your child. Period. They’re going to have the follow the guidelines which ensure the children will not have either a pleasurable nor a useful experience.

Haven’t been able to take the Scout troop camping. One of the Scouting things- have the Scouts do the cooking and cleanup to learn how to do both. But it is mandated adults do all that because for reasons unknown- adults preparing the meals and doing the cooking protects everyone against the dreaded covid. Now– parents can let their kids cook for them– as if we could get a parent along for every Scout….

The masks did do some good in stopping flu and colds, though hardly worth the destructon to our society, and Susan Rice and Antia Dunn in the White House.

BUT: look for Covid-20. The deep state isn’t giving up the control they amassed. That rat Fauci already got the memo.

    Chuckin Houston in reply to TheFineReport.com. | May 18, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Covid-22 is my concern. It is scheduled to appear shortly before the 2022 midterms and will require the same sorts of loosy-goosy election rules just like we saw in 2020.

    Masks didn’t stop flu and colds any more than they stopped covid-19. Flu and cold cases were, accidentally or maliciously, misclassified as covid-19.

    DaveGinOly in reply to TheFineReport.com. | May 18, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    Fauxi claims (along with others) that masks absolutely put the kibosh on the seasonal flu. Really? I’d like to know how masking to prevent COVID managed to derail the seasonal flu while not having a similar effect on COVID itself.

Frank Hammond | May 17, 2021 at 9:19 pm

What will happen to the Millions of Face Masks sitting in China waiting to be shipped into Blue States? The Chinese will not take a loss on this deal.

More like crappy job numbers, rising prices and inflation mean it’s time that masking is over and people should get and buys stuff to get the economy going again.
biden* is really looking bad on the economy. If he hadn’t screwed up what Trump had started they’d never be letting mask mandates lapse.

If asked for vaccination proof, flash your voter registration card and say it identifies itself as a vaccination card.

“Losing My Religion”

    n.n in reply to Toad-O. | May 18, 2021 at 4:06 am

    They subscribe to the Pro-Choice, selective, opportunistic, relativistic (“ethical”), politically congruent religion. Science, religion (i.e. behavioral protocol), and popular will have proven to be low barriers to mitigate their progress. Still, resisting the consensus, and standing rather than taking a knee, have popular support.

Masks were justified by intuitive or cargo cult science with empathetic appeal and fear of legal liability, especially after denying and stigmatizing early, inexpensive, effective treatments, and apologizing for planned parent/hood venues and practices. However, accounting for chance and other factors, wearing anything less than N95 and following strict protocol is comparable to flipping a coin, at best, or increasing infections, at worst.

Postoperative wound infections and surgical face masks: a controlled study

Effectiveness of Adding a Mask Recommendation to Other Public Health Measures to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Danish Mask Wearers

Physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses

    bullhubbard in reply to n.n. | May 18, 2021 at 9:42 am

    “Masks were justified by intuitive or cargo cult science with empathetic appeal and fear of legal liability, especially after denying and stigmatizing early, inexpensive, effective treatments.”

    Absolutely the case. It is no coincidence that legitimate effective treatments were ridiculed publicly by those with an interest in distributing vaccines . . . with billions of dollars in the balance it is not really shocking.

    One can’t be too cynical when it comes to sussing out the moves of our “leaders,” especially now that the covers have been pulled from The Propaganda Wing of the Democratic Party (corporate media).

The dictators of the Communist-controlled states like NY and NJ are very reluctant to give up playing totalitarian dictator, just like the good Democrats they are.

“In light of this preference cascade, it is transparently clear: Stores that bitterly cling to masks in the wake of this science…”

I have noted locally that it is mostly unionized stores are that are maintaining the mask and distancing mandates while non-unionized stores like Trader Joe’s are not. Looks like I’m going back to TJ’s until my local Von’s gets the message.

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