It would also be nice if one could have a ready made list of studies addressing the issue and showing masks offer significant protection from getting and spreading covid. I see many still claiming “there isn’t a single study showing masks help stop covid.” It would b e nice to just say here you go and dump links on them.
Some may even feel that many of the current mask studies happened in conjunction with social distancing measures and lockdowns and its thus impossible to determine mask efficacy with covid specifically. I didn’t see any of that adressed on the Snope’s link.
I think it could also helps to just be pro science. Short, highly visual videos showing how respiratory droplets work and explaining the physics behind masking and point-source control could be helpful. Many people have already made up their mind and combatting them head on might not be the most effective method. Just increasing trust and awareness in science is a good route. I say this all as a person who is not longer masking unless mandated to and one who really doesn’t want to wear a mask in school this year. Hard to be effective at teaching and to build bonds with students without facial expressions.
This week’s special media round-up:
"It's funny how when Covid first rolled out the "experts" said the kids weren't getting it. Now that people aren't buying their b**** anymore about Covid, masks and the vax, they're playing the kids card to scare people."
"Why have them wear the ask at there desk. When you go out to eat you don't need to wear it at the table."
"Children need to breathe. There is no data that shows children get or pass COVID from other children or to adults in any significant capacity. Masks on children do more harm than good."
"not to mention masks do not stop the spread of a virus. A mask is like a catchers mitt not a wall. It literally catches and holds all of the air particles around it. Technically we are hurting ourselves and weakening our immune systems by wearing a mask. **There is not one study that justifies wearing a mask to prevent the spread of a virus. I will give you a million dollars if you find one.** Forcing our children to wear masks all day is horrendous and closer to child abuse than protection."
I am not sure if that last user actually has a million dollars to give. But these people don’t actually believe Snopes or fact checkers are legit. They don’t believe or trust the CDC. Short of Donald Trump going on a multi-million dollar get your vaccine campaign, things are going to have to get far worse than they are to convince many of these hold outs. Or privately owned businesses will simply have to force mandatory vaccinations on employees. I think that sets a dangerous precedent however, but this is getting too political. At any rate, short, concise and simple answers will be best. If you can’t rebut these claims only a short paragraph at most, your response will probably be lost.