[Medium] The Masks Masquerade

I want to travel this summer

Incompetence and Errors in Reasoning Around Face Covering

SIX ERRORS: 1) missing the compounding effects of masks, 2) missing the nonlinearity of the probability of infection to viral exposures, 3) missing absence of evidence (of benefits of mask wearing) for evidence of absence (of benefits of mask wearing), 4) missing the point that people do not need governments to produce facial covering: they can make their own, 5) missing the compounding effects of statistical signals, 6) ignoring the Non-Aggression Principle by pseudolibertarians (masks are also to protect others from you; it’s a multiplicative process: every person you infect will infect others).

In fact masks (and faceshields) supplemented with constraints of superspreader events can save us trillions of dollars in future lockdowns (and lawsuits) and be potentially sufficient (under adequate compliance) to stem the pandemic. Bureaucrats do not like simple solutions.

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  1. Noteworthy article which I recommended to the local newspaper to publish as a public service to highlight the points that are missing in mainstream news. They replied that they can’t publish – the reason doesn’t matter. I would like to write a letter to the editors to be published in that paper on this topic. I would provide a link to this article and follow any guidance or restrictions you would specify. Perhaps if I email the writing for approval?

    Please reply if you allow me to proceed.

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