They’re Vaccinated and Keeping Their Masks On, Maybe Forever

As long as they don't try to make me the rest of us follow their sick cult ever again

“Joe Glickman has been wearing two masks and goggles for grocery runs — and said he planned to continue doing so for at least the next five years”

Whenever Joe Glickman heads out for groceries, he places an N95 mask over his face and tugs a cloth mask on top of it. He then pulls on a pair of goggles.

He has used this safety protocol for the past 14 months. It did not change after he contracted the coronavirus last November. It didn’t budge when, earlier this month, he became fully vaccinated. And even though President Biden said on Thursday that fully vaccinated people do not have to wear a mask, Mr. Glickman said he planned to stay the course.

In fact, he said, he plans to do his grocery run double-masked and goggled for at least the next five years.

Even as a combination of evolving public health recommendations and pandemic fatigue lead more Americans to toss the masks they’ve worn for more than a year, Mr. Glickman is among those who say they plan to keep their faces covered in public indefinitely.

For people like Mr. Glickman, a combination of anxiety, murky information about new virus variants and the emergence of an obdurate and sizable faction of vaccine holdouts means mask-free life is on hold — possibly forever.

“I have no problem being one of the only people,” said Mr. Glickman, a professional photographer and musician from Albany, N.Y. “But I don’t think I’m going to be the only one.”

Whether made of bedazzled cloth or polypropylene, masks have emerged as a dystopian political flash point during the pandemic. A map of states that enforced mask mandates corresponds closely with how people in those states voted for president.

Last year, protesters staged rallies against official requirements to wear masks, built pyres to burn them in protest and touched off wild screaming matches when confronted about not wearing them inside supermarkets. [Can you tell which side the NYT is on?]

But as more Americans become vaccinated and virus restrictions loosen, masks are at the center of a second round in the country’s culture brawl. This time, people who choose to continue to cover their faces have become targets of public ire. [But “this time” they have the NYT writing positive articles about them.]

In interviews, vaccinated people who continue to wear masks said they are increasingly under pressure, especially in recent days; friends and family have urged them to relax, or even have suggested that they are paranoid. On a recent trip to the grocery store, Mr. Glickman said he was stared down by a man who entered, unmasked.

“I’m confused,” the retired news anchor Dan Rather wrote on Twitter last week as backlash mounted on the platform to those still masked. “Why should people care if someone wants to wear a mask outside?”

Following the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 20 states repealed mask mandates or issued orders that gave vaccinated people exemptions from wearing masks. This week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that starting Wednesday, New York State would also follow the C.D.C. A handful of other states said they were still reviewing their rules.

But for some people, no newfound freedom will persuade them to reveal their faces just yet. After a year, they say they have grown accustomed to the masks and glad for the extra [illusion of] safety [for the idiotic, the gullible, and the superstituos] they provide.

A day after the C.D.C.’s announcement, George Jones, 82, a retired mail carrier, stood in the sunshine outside of the General Grant Houses where he lives in Harlem and said his blue surgical mask — though uncomfortable and inconvenient — would stay put for at least another year.

“I’m in no hurry; why should I be in a hurry?” said Mr. Jones, who became fully vaccinated about a month and a half ago. Until New York City reaches a higher level of vaccination — just 40 percent are completely vaccinated — he believes it’s too risky to unmask. “Being around is more important. That’s what counts. I’m an old man — I’d like to be around as long as I can.”

On Broadway, a group of young men walked past him, with not a mask in sight. Mr. Jones said he understood: “Young people, they figure they’re invulnerable — and I hope they are.” [Because face diaper makes you “invulnerable” LOL.]

Public health data shows that masking and social distancing have most likely had far-reaching positive impacts, beyond slowing the spread of Covid-19. While over 34,000 adults died from influenza in the 2018-19 season, this year deaths are on track to remain in the hundreds, according to C.D.C. data. Mask wearers say their seasonal allergy symptoms seem to be lessened. [What you actually mean to say is that there is no evidence they impacted COVID whatsoever and you therefore have to invoke stuff as bizarre and irrelevant as allergies.]

Leni Cohen, 51, a retired kindergarten teacher from New York City who has a compromised immune system, said she planned to continue wearing a mask when she helped out as a substitute teacher. But what she would like more is for her students to stay masked.

“Kindergartners, while adorable, are quick to share their secretions,” Ms. Cohen wrote in an email listing the illnesses, including colds, strep throat, pneumonia, influenza and parvovirus, that she has caught from her students over the years.

“This year is so different!” she continued. “The kids are not sucking on their hair or putting classroom objects or thumbs in their mouths. Their mouths and noses are covered, so I’m (mostly) protected from their sneezes and coughs. I can see keeping up with masks. It is the safest I’ve ever felt in a classroom full of 5- and 6-year-olds.” [Always count on “teachers” (aka jailors) to promote child abuse.]

Barry J. Neely, 41, a composer from Los Angeles, fell ill with the coronavirus in March 2020 and battled symptoms for months. He has also struggled with guilt over whether he had inadvertently infected people he came in contact with before his diagnosis [Oh puh-leeze, could you virtue signal any more??] — which came at a time when the government discouraged mask use.

He now plans to wear a mask whenever he feels under the weather, in perpetuity. [This is idiotic. If you’re experiencing symptoms you shouldn’t be going to populated places at all.]

“It’s not hard to wear a mask,” Mr. Neely said. “It’s not hard in the least.” He is taking his cue from several [hugely conformist, collectivist and suffocating] East Asian countries, he added, where wearing a mask when you’re feeling sick is not just socially acceptable but seen as considerate.

“If I possibly spread a virus a year ago, and then learned that wearing a mask is important to prevent spreading this virus, then what’s the harm in wearing it if I have the common cold?” he said. [The harm is that you’re still spreading it, idiot.]

For a number of so-called perma-maskers, the decision is informed by trauma: They endured the coronavirus or witnessed loved ones die, and they say taking off their mask makes them feel terrifyingly vulnerable. [Hold onto that rabbit foot!]

After contracting the coronavirus, Mr. Glickman fell ill with pneumonia. He still experiences gastrointestinal problems and neurological symptoms, including extreme lightheadedness and problems with his sight. “Floaters” swim in his field of vision, and on one occasion, he said, everything turned yellow. [Pneumonia is an actually serious illness, but why are you trying to conflate it with COVID?]

Post-coronavirus trauma appears to be common: A survey of nearly 400 Covid patients by doctors at Agostino Gemelli hospital in Italy showed 30 percent developed post-traumatic stress disorder after a severe illness.

“There is an element of precaution that is brought on by the emotional and psychological impact with what I went through,” Mr. Glickman said of his masking. “I don’t think it is necessarily unjustified. I think it is somewhere in the middle.”

Ms. Cohen, the schoolteacher, also said she recognized possible downsides: “At first, I thought, ‘This is great, I’m never going to get sick again!’” she said, of her plan to wear a mask to teach kindergarten going forward. “Then I realized when I’m trying to teach vowels they can’t see my mouth.” [Imbeciles who believe a face diaper means that “I’m never going to get sick again!” is who teaches children in our society.]

A few say they’ve been surprised to find that they’ve grown to enjoy being hidden behind a mask, expressionless and anonymous.

“As a woman, we feel like we have to, when we go out in public, put on a little bit of makeup, eyeliner, blush,” said Keela Samis, 57, an attorney from St. Petersburg, Fla., who is vaccinated and does not plan to stop wearing a mask. “With a mask I don’t have to. It simplified my life.”

Ms. Samis added: “Even if I’m the only person on planet Earth that continues to wear the mask, if that’s what makes me feel comfortable, I’ll wear the mask.”

Source: The New York Times

  1. Mark says

    I’ve seen so many funny memes about this, such as a person pictured with no mask, and the caption; “We were here first! There’s no such thing as ‘anti-mask’ – you’re anti-FACE!”. But to get serious for a moment, try walking into a bank where you don’t have an account, wearing a non-medical cloth mask, and demand money – see how funny they think that is. Or wear a facemask to a protest, and start smashing windows. As soon as not being able to see your face presents a problem for the authorities, the smiling tolerance and approval is gone.

    I don’t consider myself an anti-masker. I don’t give a damn what other people want to do; if they want to wear the blue paper mask to bed at night, knock your stupid self out. But I don’t like to wear one myself, because (a) it’s uncomfortable, (b) it fogs my glasses when I breathe, and (c) I am confident it does not do any good at all to protect me from an airborne virus. You can go on about ‘droplets’ as much as you like, but if it really spread principally through droplet transmission, widespread masking would have knocked the numbers down nearly overnight. And it hasn’t. Cloth masks don’t do squat.

    You can probably guess how important masking really is if you’re a smoker. I’m not, but at my local grocery store each counter where they sell cigarettes has a sign. It leads off with “You look younger with your mask.” It goes on to say that the cashier must visually verify your probable age to buy cigarettes, and ‘refusal to remove PPE when requested may result in refusal of service’. So in order to buy something that’s bad for your health anyway, they can’t just card everybody – no, they want you to pull down your mask so they can see your face. Because it’s The Right Thing To Do, nobody will catch coronavirus while briefly exposed. God said.

    Memes often make you think. quite apart from being funny. In this collection, there’s a depiction of the various safety masks professionals wear to spray-paint, to fight fires, to deploy pesticides and so on. None of these people would think of doing any of those things while ‘protected’ by only a non-medical cloth mask. But you can SEE spray-paint in the air. You can see smoke. You can see pesticide spray. All of them feature particles which are much larger than viral particles. But a cloth mask is enough to protect you from a virus that has killed millions and wrecked the global economy. Uh huh.

  2. ken says

    Anyone that gets a unproven, experimental shot for a alleged virus that has a kill rate of virtually zero (0.02%) for anyone under 65 in decent health, has a mental problem.

    Anyone that doesn’t mind being a lab rat for a new untested drug all the while claiming they’re concerned about their health, has a mental problem.

    The mask is a pacifier much like Linus’ blanket. (Peanuts) They need it as compensation for their lack of cogent ability.

  3. raymond lambert says

    A google search for “Technical Data Sheet KN95 Respirator Face Mask” may help, or not, to understand the why everyone must remain masked.

  4. yuri says

    “the previous danger in amerika is that everyone would become slaves; the current danger is that everyone will become robots”. Erich Fromm

  5. Larry says

    MASKS DO NOTHING to stop viruses. NOTHING! 80% of those that got ill WERE WEARING A USELESS MASK! They DO on the other hand CAUSE a host of HEALTH PROBLEMS. Oxygen deprivation, dental problems, BACTERIAL PNEUMONIA and more.

    Its VERY important to understand EPSTEIN GUILTY Trump’s ROLE in this so you dont make the SAME MISTAKES or support him as he MAKES MORE! CASES NOT DEATHS! EVENT 201 proves this was all a PLANNED FARCE! Understand that Epstein GUILTY Trumpy is a deep state FAKE like all others before him and gave Gates GAVI group a BILLION to FORCE a DNA ALTERING NOT-a-vaccine on YOU using the MILITARY in a ‘powerful way’ Gates controlled and funded Fauci AND Birx and they ALL should be EXECUTED. Trump PARTIED WITH Clintons, Gates and EPSTEIN and AS A DEMOCRAT!

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