NE Journal of Medicine: ineffective masks are symbolic talismans

Axxe55

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It's an opinion article written by someone who is trying to inflate their importance in the health industry.

I seriously doubt any legitimate doctor, or health care professional, is going to take the article with any level of seriousness.
 

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No surprise. People have all kinds of talismans they cling to. GNC exists because of it. Fad diets are talismans. Etc.

Daily I tell people about potential complications from surgery or disease and they tell me it won't happen to them because of their chosen talisman.

Another example: the people who say their immune system or demographics data will protect them from COVID.

And yes, the talismans reduce anxiety.
 

rotor

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Straight from the horse’s mouth.

May as well make folks wear protection amulets, so they “feel better”





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These seem people published a letter on June 3, 2020 in the same journal where they "strongly" supported wearing a mask if people were going to be within 6 feet of each other. Go to your link and read their letter.
I am not saying masks are worthwhile or not, just your conclusion was not warranted.
 

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These seem people published a letter on June 3, 2020 in the same journal where they "strongly" supported wearing a mask if people were going to be within 6 feet of each other. Go to your link and read their letter.
I am not saying masks are worthwhile or not, just your conclusion was not warranted.
My translation:
“We strongly support mask mandates.
Even though we know they don’t work in public settings, the sense of security they provide is comforting to the public.”


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BRD@66

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No surprise. People have all kinds of talismans they cling to. GNC exists because of it. Fad diets are talismans. Etc.

Daily I tell people about potential complications from surgery or disease and they tell me it won't happen to them because of their chosen talisman.

Another example: the people who say their immune system or demographics data will protect them from COVID.

And yes, the talismans reduce anxiety.
HA! You sound just like my Primary Care describing the effectiveness of my neoprene knee brace.
 

rotor

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My translation:
“We strongly support mask mandates.
Even though we know they don’t work in public settings, the sense of security they provide is comforting to the public.”


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You use the doctors to support your position and then don't use the same doctors when they don't support your beliefs. Best not to quote wishy washy sources.
 

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HA! You sound just like my Primary Care describing the effectiveness of my neoprene knee brace.
Personally, I tell patients to seek out any kind of alternative remedy for chronic problems. If you find something that works and doesn't involve overdosing on vodak or opioids I'm happy. I even tolerate acupuncture.
 

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You use the doctors to support your position and then don't use the same doctors when they don't support your beliefs. Best not to quote wishy washy sources.
We’ve locked down the global economy and put untold thousands into the poorhouse based on the flip side of those wishy washy sources.


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