Pandemic blog 8: enter the hermit

It’s family blogging time! Since school is out we need some kind of writing activity so we’re all blogging, not just me. I did not require any particular subject. CJ is blogging about the movies he’s watching in his friend groups’ “movie club ” — he has the Marvel bug now and is plowing through the whole collection on Disney+. AB’s blog is called “The Nasty Times: Foods that Were Never Meant To Be Eaten” and each entry is about a food she considers nasty. The first entry was about mushrooms and she is currently composing “Why Onions Do Not Belong in Sloppy Joes.” I know, I know, who doesn’t like mushrooms and onions? Well, me at AB’s age — I made my mom take them out of everything, much to her annoyance. Now I’m getting my comeuppance.

I have two big longboxes of comics in the basement, almost all from 1982-1986, and AB and I spent part of the morning starting to sort and organize them. Perfect example of a task that feels like productivity and is not important in any way and yet — satisfying. Also nice to see old friends again, covers I haven’t seen in years but are familiar to me in every detail. This one seemed fairly on point:

I am still thinking about the masks. Why so unpopular in the US? Maybe it works like this. You are told (correctly) that wearing a mask doesn’t provide strong protection. Let’s say (making up a number) it only reduces your chance of transmitting or contracting the virus by a half. To many people that is going to feel like nothing: “I’m not really protected, what’s the point?” But in the aggregate, an easy, cheap measure that reduces number of transmissions by 50% would be extremely socially valuable.

talk about class of 1895

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4 thoughts on “Pandemic blog 8: enter the hermit

  1. Tom Church says:

    Did you mean to talk about class of 1895. ;)

  2. JSE says:

    Oh I thought I deleted that line. That’s gonna be today’s blog.

  3. What if the effect of a mask is to offer 0% protection when not worn properly and make wearers act in a way that makes then 50% more susceptible? I thought this (more or less) was the analysis.

  4. JSE says:

    That’s what they say about bike helmets, but I still wear one!

    Anyway: if I thought that were the case I wouldn’t be supportive of mask-wearing, but can it really be the case that it provides close to 0% protection? It’s got to be more protective than coughing into your elbow and that’s universally given advice. Also, as long as mask-wearing isn’t universal, people will probably avoid YOU more rigorously if they see you in a mask, so I think it’s a win on aggregate behavior too.

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