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Why are people not wearing masks?

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FergusComeLately Sat 16-May-20 17:51:57

I’m queuing inside my local supermarket, I’ve see one other person wearing a mask.

Does it not make sense to just TRY to protect other people and try and keep infection rates down. Even a scarf wound round your face?!

I think they should be compulsory when you are inside. Is it the PPE shortage which is preventing Boris from making it so?

Talk to me about masks!

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SpringBlossomIsBeautiful Sat 16-May-20 17:53:53

Because I don’t want to

NoHardSell Sat 16-May-20 17:54:45

I don't want to

You do what you want, it doesn't bother me either way, and leave me to do what I want

FergusComeLately Sat 16-May-20 17:55:56

I don’t want to either. But the bigger part of me wants to make sure I am not inadvertently infecting someone else. Also it offers me a tiny bit of protection.

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LittleScottieDog Sat 16-May-20 17:56:52

I haven't been able to find any in stock to buy to wear while food shopping.

P1nkHeartLovesCake Sat 16-May-20 17:56:54

They aren’t compulsory

Sandybval Sat 16-May-20 17:56:55

Because people bleat on about those going outside as being selfish and killing people, but when they pop out they don't want to wear a mask which protects others, so they don't.

PicsInRed Sat 16-May-20 17:56:58

No ta.

You mind you.

Northernsoullover Sat 16-May-20 17:57:08

Because people don't know how they are supposed to work. You watch this thread will fill with:
It won't protect you
People that wear them don't social distance
I saw a man fiddle with it
I have sensory issues (I understand this but it won't be a huge number)
You'll deprive the NHS of PPE.
There is no evidence to support it (there is only limited evidence due to limited studies)

The message that they are an aid to try and reduce transmission isn't getting out there. Or people don't want to get the message. I am pro mask wearing because we don't have much else in our arsenal. If my simple home made mask could reduce asymptomatic transmission I'll bloody wear it.

PurpleDaisies Sat 16-May-20 17:57:12

If you’re staying 2m apart, you don’t need a mask. The guidelines say they’re only for situations such as public transport where you can’t do that properly.

Northernsoullover Sat 16-May-20 17:58:09

SauvignonBlanche Sat 16-May-20 17:58:14

Because they’re only recommended when you can’t stick to 2m distance from people and I can in a supermarket.

I wear one nearly all day at work as I can’t on a hospital ward.

Thighmageddon Sat 16-May-20 17:58:17

I don't like this "I don't want to" stuff.

I don't want to either but it's about protecting the wider society.

If I'm asymptomatic then I don't want to be responsible for infecting others, so I'll do the right thing and wear a face covering.

Derbygerbil Sat 16-May-20 17:58:23

Because I don’t want to

I’m not particularly pro or anti, but are you 4 years old?

thewheelsonthebus23 Sat 16-May-20 17:58:58

It makes me feel claustrophobic and induces a panic attack.

FergusComeLately Sat 16-May-20 17:59:13

Exactly @Northernsoullover! Mine is just a homemade one (and I’m no sewer) but why wouldn’t you. I do feel like a bit of a prat I’ll admit grin

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CurlyEndive Sat 16-May-20 17:59:25

I think it will become more common and more accepted over time, OP.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sat 16-May-20 17:59:28

I’m not going to. Unless it becomes law. Don’t think it will though.

Loveita Sat 16-May-20 18:00:08

Face masks remind me of oppression. By all means you go for it.

FergusComeLately Sat 16-May-20 18:00:23

It’s easy to stay 2m apart in the queue but tricky once you are in the shop, no matter how hard you try!

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DominaShantotto Sat 16-May-20 18:00:31

Because they don't have to, they've made their own choice not to, it causes them feelings of distress, they haven't got one, they find it inhibits their ability to communicate...

Plenty of reasons - but you just wanted a quick pointy finger brag and judge really

Thighmageddon Sat 16-May-20 18:00:50


There are hundreds of cotton washable ones available on Etsy.

Youngatheart00 Sat 16-May-20 18:01:04

I have some home made ones but they don’t fit particularly well. I do try and use them when I leave the house but I mainly try and avoid leaving the house, rather than using a mask as a security blanket.

YounghillKang Sat 16-May-20 18:01:12

I've been wearing one for weeks, tend to think the people not wearing them now are selfish wankers. I think if there's the slightest possibility doing something so simple might help stop the spread of the virus it's worth doing. Was particularly disappointed that many of the counter staff in my local pharmacy are not wearing them, although all the behind-the-scenes pharmacists are, despite interacting directly with a lot of vulnerable customers.

middleager Sat 16-May-20 18:01:15

I used to be really pro wearing masks.

Until I actually wore one.

It's a dusk mask - hot, sweaty, steams up my glasses which meant taking them off, adjusting my mask. I actually feel more of a loose canon wearing it.

Then a couple - clearly emboldened by the masks and feeling invincible - thought it was ok to reach above my head, stand right in my space where I waa queuing for the til, so couldn't move, so I wonder if they give a false sense of security?

I think the Govts provides masks in other countries. Not sure if those thinner ones are more comfortable than my dust mask.(clearly designed for a man with a big face by the way).

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