by John Ward
Issue N95s to the vulnerable, not rubbish disposables to everyone
The UK research company IPSOS Mori has just published a survey showing how badly informed the average Brit is about wearing faces masks as a deterrent against Covid19.
That is to say, the study found that almost 9 in 10 people (86%) say it is either essential or important for people to wear a facemask in certain public situations, such as shopping or using public transport, to stop the spread of coronavirus. More than 1 in 3 (37%) say it is essential. Just 1 in 10 say it is not important.
Two-thirds (67%) of Britons support making it mandatory in law to wear a face mask in shops. Only 16% oppose the idea.
For me, that 16% represent The Resistance to blind madness. The Slog has previously proffered an estimate of around 15%….so I wasn’t that far out.
But self-congratulation is hardly appropriate here: those who really are passionate about a return of reality to First World electorates are hugely outnumbered by those who act merely as blotting paper for ideological claptrap and cod science.
Talking of the fishy stuff to which we’re all being exposed, this Newsweek piece from two days ago really is a lulu. It baldly states that ‘Researchers found that people possessing so-called “Dark Triad” traits—narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism—were less likely to comply with restrictions or engage in preventative measures against the pandemic.’
These terrible anti-social elements, it continued ‘….correspond well with previous research into individuals with Dark Triad personality traits, who tend to be more impulsive, short-sighted, competitive and risk-taking. Dark Triad traits have even been linked to bad health outcomes, including shorter life expectancy’.
So there you are: if you can see through Government bollocks, then society needs to be protected against your Dark Triad tendencies. Such thinking put Aleksander Solzhynetsin in the Soviet Union’s Gulag Camp system.
Here is something most medical experts sign up to: Anything other than an N-95 mask is useless in terms of limiting transmission of the virus.
Here is a fact: Across the USA, the EU and the UK, N95 masks are being issued to frontline medical staff and our “leaders”. Here is a widely distributed shot of Macron, van der Leyden and Merkel wearing N95s at the recent EU Covid summit:
Wake up, please do: we are being fobbed off with a virtue signal designed to save political face…..not save you from Covid19 infection.
Forced by Law to wear a ritual that makes you feel better – rather like the Eucharist biscuit, and about as effective.