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Old 07-10-2020, 12:16 PM   #1
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In my hometown you see masks but they are not mandatory. However traveling to a larger city today. Masks are required everywhere. SUCKS wearing them. But what I really noticed is how my situational awareness was not as acute as it normally is. The dang mask takes my attention due to it bothering me. And it takes away a bit of depth perception and having a clear view at some instances. Anyone else feel a bit handicapped with your situational awareness due to these masks or is it just me? Also.... one positive is people are even less aware at looking at others (sheep herd). Heck, I think I could carry a bazooka on my johnson out in the open and no body would notice. So don’t worry about printing and carry a larger weapon. I am currently.
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Old 07-10-2020, 12:21 PM   #2
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Mask don't bother me at all. I think the eyes tell more than the rest of the face. In a way it makes things easier for me.
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grocery/costco outings are the only time i wear one, so it's not killing me.
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I wear a mask in my profession. I have become accustomed to its presence without deterioration of my situational awareness. Having a mask with a pliable metal or adhesive strip to mold over the bridge of the nose helps to keep glasses from fogging. The longer you wear a mask the more accustomed you will become. Urban dwellers in many Asian countries have been wearing masks for years owing to the numerous viral outbreaks originating over there.
Let's hope a safe & effective vaccine becomes available soon. Until then, be conscientious and take care of each other by wearing masks and providing social distancing.
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I wear a mask in my profession. I have become accustomed to its presence without deterioration of my situational awareness. Having a mask with a pliable metal or adhesive strip to mold over the bridge of the nose helps to keep glasses from fogging. The longer you wear a mask the more accustomed you will become. Urban dwellers in many Asian countries have been wearing masks for years owing to the numerous viral outbreaks originating over there.
Let's hope a safe & effective vaccine becomes available soon. Until then, be conscientious and take care of each other by wearing masks and providing social distancing.
not to mention the choking smog in some of those countries.
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My hearing is already bad and it’s even worse now trying to hear people speak through masks. That my biggest issue.
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My hearing is already bad and itís even worse now trying to hear people speak through masks. That my biggest issue.
Thatís not my biggest issue with masks, but it is a big one.
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My hearing is already bad and itís even worse now trying to hear people speak through masks. That my biggest issue.
Most hearing impaired individuals have spontaneously acquired the skill of lip reading by necessity. When deprived of this visual input comprehension deteriorates. Simple masks worn for droplet retention are so thin as to not change audibility of speech.
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Most hearing impaired individuals have spontaneously acquired the skill of lip reading by necessity. When deprived of this visual input comprehension deteriorates. Simple masks worn for droplet retention are so thin as to not change audibility of speech.
AMEN. I had no idea how deaf I was becoming because I was reading lips as the only way to translate "sound" into "words."

If I had not gotten good hearing aids before all this happened, I would be totally lost when it came to having any idea at all what any masked person said!

When I did get the hearing aids I had to retrain myself to look at people's eyes instead of their mouths. Seriously! Since the eyes truly are the windows of the soul I was missing vital information about people by having to concentrate on their lips.
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People not wearing a mask are the ones who anger me. wearing a mask protects others. Therefore, those that don't wear a mask are irresponsible to others including me. It does not detract from my situational awareness since I see the violators immediately. Social distancing is another courtesy to others and at the same time provides additional time to react to another person's bad intentions.

Things in life are not always by choice. This virus is one of those things. It would be nice not to have to conceal carry, but bad people are out there. It would be nice not to have to wear a mask, but there are virus germs spreading out there. We do what we have to do and adapt.

The black folks in my particular area seem to be the most conscientious of all about wearing mask. It seems like teenagers and middle age Caucasian men are the worst at doing their part.
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In my hometown you see masks but they are not mandatory. However traveling to a larger city today. Masks are required everywhere. SUCKS wearing them. But what I really noticed is how my situational awareness was not as acute as it normally is. The dang mask takes my attention due to it bothering me. And it takes away a bit of depth perception and having a clear view at some instances. Anyone else feel a bit handicapped with your situational awareness due to these masks or is it just me? Also.... one positive is people are even less aware at looking at others (sheep herd). Heck, I think I could carry a bazooka on my johnson out in the open and no body would notice. So donít worry about printing and carry a larger weapon. I am currently.
I definitely see what your talking about as I watch other people. People spend so much time adjusting their masks for comfort or pulling them up and down to get a few unobstructed breaths in that it turns into a distraction big enough that a elephant could sneak up on them, lol.

Here in PA our dictator has deemed masks mandatory but it depends where you go as to the compliance. In the city of Erie about 95% of people wear them but the farther you get away from the city the less masks you see. I avoid the city for a myriad of reasons so masks are basically optional any place I go and I would say this has heightened my situational awareness. Iím now looking out for ďKarenísĒ, luckily the only one I have encountered turned out to be a coworker, lol.
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There's wearing a mask and wearing a mask correctly. I have seen many with it hanging below their nose. When I ask I am told they can not breathe with it on properly.

Even employees.... What is up with that how can it be effective
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Is there any evidence that a simple cloth mask actually prevents viruses from spreading? I haven't seen any. A virus is very small, the weave of the cloth is very open in comparison. Want to see something interesting, watch someone take a hit from their vape, put the mask in place and then exhale.
I don't believe in the magic of the mask. It offends me that people get angry because I don't believe or accept their religion of the mask. I have more faith in the UV breaking down the virus while it is drifting along in the air than I do a simple piece of cloth that allows low restricted airflow to prevent viral spread.
I am one of those "essential workers" that kept working. I am a 51 year old lowly auto mechanic with bad lungs (born with severe asthma) and if I did contract the dread virus Covid 19, never noticed. I am in people's less than sterile cars 10+ hours per day 5 and 6 days per week. I am not afraid of someone breathing without a mask 2 feet away from me, let alone 6. Not worried about an occasional cough or sneeze either. Show me real proof that a scrap of fabric makes a real difference, and i will be more open to the mask fetish, until then, nope. I also don't bother with "the holy sanitizer" either. Soap and water to get the grease and dirt off works just fine.

I don't force anyone to accept my beliefs for themselves and expect the same in return. I will continue to consider the mask to be nothing more than a symbol rather than a true virus shield.
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Just got this today. I’ve worked every week day since the beginning of the year except last Monday going to Chicago, Milwaukee, South Bend, Cassopoolis, MI, St.Louis and other points in the Midwest. Never wear a mask unless I have to to get loaded or unloaded.

Michigan and Illinois are pretty much required in buildings. If I have to wear one, might as well make a statement.

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not to mention the choking smog in some of those countries.
Same with LA.

Anyway, masks doesnít bother me at all. I wear it when I do woodworking stuff and weld.
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