[quote=“Mike_Kearney, post:2, topic:31151”]Is that in France? What is your source?
It’s a provocative suggestion, it’s origin is moi.
I’m sick of the pussy-footing around. It’s my experience that many and possibly most people wear masks because they believe it protects them from infection by others.
Virtually no-one thinks that they might be a source of infection thelselves. Why should they if they feel well? This IMO is the ‘elephant in the room’, but no-one has the bloody cheek to suggest it. Except, I think, me. I’m like that, and I also predict that many others feel the same way, but few will admit that they wear a mask primarily to protect themslves, and maybe others as an afterthought.
Be honest. That’s always been at the back of my mind. And not wanting to incur the disapproval or suspicions of masked others. It’s palpable.
Seems to be a cultural thing. When I first saw Japanese tourists wearing masks, my first reaction was “Bloody cheek, they don’t want to breathe our air!”
But then I realized that it was because they had a cold and good manners made it an obligation to avoid spreading their viruses around.
We can all learn wisdom from the Orient!
Not so with my immediate neighbours…
Family members from Marseilles, Lyon or wherever… are arriving with military precision. On a precise day… lunch in the garden and off again as night descends… I’ve no idea where they go at such an hour…
The son and his wife are staying with Grandma for a month. They’ve been self isolating in their house on the outskirts of Paris and are being very careful now they are here… wearing masks indoors and out as directed … except when they are walking the empty country lanes… gel/soap/you name it … they’ve got it and they’re using it…
On the other hand… neighbours down the street… they’ve got family and friends coming from all over… everyone shares generous hugs , then it’s straight indoors, no masks in sight at any time during the various visits… but perhaps they do don masks when going shopping…
The emphasis is wrong, Fleur IMO. The emphasis should be on the civic duty we each have to protect others from contamination by us. No-one knows that they are infection free, even those who have tested negative. They may be incubating the virus.
The emphasis should be on civic responsibility not to be a silent, unaware and stealthy speader.
People who don’t wear masks in proximity to others should be stigmatised as potentially ‘unclean’. Shamed into compliance, or penalised for being a threat to the public health, and à public nuisance.
If people can be collared for pissing in the street, what’s the fecking difference?