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  1. I have, and you felt the need to interject. I was trying to understand what point you were trying to make.
  2. Where have I said what advice I’m taking or not? Why do you think I’m walking around wearing masks made of socks? Really, the only thing I’ve said is that: 1. Social distancing reduces transmission; and 2. The use of masks reduces transmission. There is reasonable debate about specifics, e.g., what is the right distance and when does it make sense to use masks, but nothing I’ve said should be remotely controversial.
  3. Why? Do you think masks are ineffective at reducing the spread of Covid? This article isn't a meaningful study. It's effectively an editorial with no specific analysis of how masks do or don't work. On the other hand, there are a lot of articles showing how different masks reduce aerosol droplet exposure. E.g., https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0021850220301063?via%3Dihub; https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0002618. The very same authors of the study you cited later wrote a letter to the NEJM clarifying that "some people are citing our Perspective article (published on April 1 at NEJM.org)1 as support for discrediting widespread masking. In truth, the intent of our article was to push for more masking, not less." https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2020836. So maybe that editorial isn't the best evidence that masks don't work given that its authors don't agree.
  4. You need research on social distancing specific to Covid from the last five months? Do you really need a study to tell you that staying away from people who may be infected reduces your risk of getting infected? Feel free to do all the research you want, but I'm not doing it for you when you've made clear that you aren't interested in a good faith discussion.
  5. I do when I consider it appropriate just like I’m sure that you will do whatever you please. Just don’t pretend that masks and social distancing are ineffective. The science and research exists if you care enough to find it and can understand it.
  6. It’s been 90+ peak for awhile here, and I break into a sweat pretty much instantly outdoors. I’m looking forward to complaining about the snow in December.
  7. Of course the efficacy of masks can be established. You don’t need a double-blind study for that. There is already abundant evidence that masks reduce transmission although you can quibble with the question of degree. Would you want a surgeon operating on you without a mask? My point is that you were asking for the impossible either because you were disingenuous or simply didn’t understand the term you used. Now I know at least one of those things is true, likely both.
  8. Can you tell me how you do a “double blind” study on the effectiveness of masks?
  9. Get well soon, Tadbart.
  10. I have an increasingly difficult time seeing a future here that doesn’t involve significant conflict and a decreased quality of life.
  11. I’ve done that several times with visiting Japanese trainees. Almost to a person, they seemed to love it. We once stopped for Korean BBQ on the way back, and I was fearful for the staff. The Japanese were so jacked up, I was worried about beheadings and enslavement.
  12. I live in the US, but travel outside the US somewhat regularly. That’s prime browsing time for me as I generally have more downtime than when I’m home.
  13. Do you use the duct tape to cover their mouths so they can’t scream? I’m not sure I’d call that less painful, but I definitely see the advantages.
  14. You don't actually believe that do you? You do know there is a legal pornography industry?
  15. I can definitely see your point too and that was my initial reaction. If I get bored later, I may see if I can get the jury instructions and any briefing on the legal issue because it’s interesting and unusual.
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