Missouri hid own Covid study after it found mask mandates saved lives

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i had a falling out with a good friend in MO who gave up on masks because he said he “wasn’t going to live in fear” – he’s vaxxed, but still. i told him he could still get it, or transmit it to others, and that the masks are just a way to help defeat the virus, but he would hear nothing of it. i wonder if he would change his mind now that this news is coming out.

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My partner is from St Louis, and wants to move back there. The politics of MO, quite frankly, alarm and disgust me, so I’m slowly winning them over to western IL.

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It’s not really a big ask, wearing a mask. I still struggle to reconcile people who wouldn’t wear a mask even if only a 1% chance of saving someone else.

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Not only do masks save lives, they tend to save the “wrong” lives. Of course the study was buried.

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This is such a common refrain, and it’s so far off the mark i don’t even know where to begin when people say that. Me wearing a mask isn’t a sign of fear. It’s not a political statement. It’s me doing quite literally the least I can do to try to keep my community safe from a preventable disease whose long-term effects we still aren’t sure of. :woman_shrugging:t2: Idiots.

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Yeah, being cautious or prudent is not the same thing at all as being fearful. Is wearing a seat belt considered “driving in fear”?

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Fauci has called for a future commission to investigate the handling of the pandemic. In a better world we’d already be talking about tribunals for politicians like this. In a much better world these death cultists wouldn’t have been elected in the first place.

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Sounds to me like your friend already made up their mind and doesn’t want to change it.

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No masks but plenty of cover up.

Makes sense.

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Is carrying a gun around living in fear?

Honestly, it seems much more like living in fear than wearing a mask.

Yet we have thousands of extremely fearful cops running around with guns and no masks.

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Missouri loves company…

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If anyone asks me about me still wearing a mask while vaxxed, I say something like, “As a Christian I couldn’t have on my conscious the thought of accidentally infecting and killing someone. It goes against the commandment to treat everyone like a brother.”

Or something like that. I suppose that doesn’t work against an atheist, but I hedge my bets on who the anti-mask person is.

ETA - if someone accuses me of living in fear, I have said something like, “I like to be prepared. Just like CCW doesn’t mean one lives in fear.” That too disarms their argument.

Also - why is MO never in the news for something good? Granted I still consider myself a Kansan, but I guess I have lived in MO most of my life at this point.

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yeah, exactly. that’s as far as i got with him before we decided that it would be better if we just didn’t speak for awhile. sigh.

yeah, exactly. i am consoling myself that he and his family got vaccinated, even though they all got covid last year. he’s the type to be all-in on the “natural immunity” line of thinking.

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omg, this is perfect – i wish i had thought of it when i was talking to him. he’s a big gun freak, of course. i’m gonna remember this… thank you!

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Things have been loosening up off and on around where I’ve been going, with many people maskless, but I still have mine on. The thought crosses my mind, what would I say if I’m questioned or challenged about it. I’d say something about respect. I don’t know if everyone here is pro or anti mask, so I’ll be on the cautious side. I don’t know if everyone is vaxxed, so I’ll be cautious. I don’t know much at all in many of the situations I find myself in, so I’ll show some respect and mask up. It ain’t hurting anyone if I do.

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“Show me on the doll where my mask hurt you”. Or the covidiots latest hypocritical co-option: “my body, my choice”.

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