COVID Fears Masking

Hygiene Theater Is a Huge Waste of Time

July 27, 2020

The Atlantic, July 27, 2020

Derek Thompson

In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines to clarify that while COVID-19 spreads easily among speakers and sneezers in close encounters, touching a surface “isn’t thought to be the main way the virus spreads.” Other scientists have reached a more forceful conclusion. “Surface transmission of COVID-19 is not justified at all by the science,” Emanuel Goldman, a microbiology professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, told me. He also emphasized the primacy of airborne person-to-person transmission.

By funneling our anxieties into empty cleaning rituals, we lose focus on the more common modes of COVID-19 transmission and the most crucial policies to stop this plague. “My point is not to relax, but rather to focus on what matters and what works,” Goldman said. “Masks, social distancing, and moving activities outdoors. That’s it. That’s how we protect ourselves. That’s how we beat this thing.”

Masking Reopening

Masking: Complaints about workers

Face masks ‘touchy subject’ for local restaurants, but still required for employees under pandemic rules

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 26, 2020

Since restaurants began swinging open their dining room doors again three weeks ago under the state’s green reopening phase, the Allegheny County Health Department has received some 80 complaints from the public about restaurant workers not wearing face masks.

On Monday, county health inspectors cited the popular Italian restaurant Il Pizzaiolo in Mt. Lebanon because none of the workers there were wearing masks.

“Manager stated that employees were not wearing masks because they find them uncomfortable,” the inspection report said.

COVID Violence Masking

Masking: Angry customers

Customer screams at CNY ice cream shop workers who told her to wear mask: ‘It was honestly very scary for us’, July 8, 2020

Chittenango, N.Y. — Two teenage employees at a Chittenango ice cream stand got the full brunt of one customer’s tirade after she refused to wear a face mask and lashed out after she was denied service.

A woman and a man, neither of whom were wearing the required face masks, approached the counter at The North Pole just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Tori Broniszewski, 18, and Morgan Baldwin, 16, were working the counter when the customers approached.

Customers ‘aggressive’ over face mask policies force fed-up restaurants to close

Miami Herald, June 30, 2020

Restaurants across the country are reportedly closing as coronavirus cases rise and employees test positive for COVID-19.

Recently, there have been announcements from restaurants saying they’re closing dine-in services after customers “disrespected” and insulted staff members when asked to wear masks, per company policies, according to news reports.

This week, Mexican Fiesta in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, announced it would close its dining room and only offer carry-out following “multiple situations where our staff was disrespected and treated rudely,” according to a Facebook post from the company. The restaurant’s manager told the Detroit Free Press that most of the run-ins involved people disagreeing with the company’s mask policy.
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3 McDonald’s workers hurt after customer attack over coronavirus limits, Oklahoma police say

Two were injured by gunfire and a third was hurt in a scuffle, police said. Two suspects have been arrested.

NBC News, May 27, 2020