It's taken me a while to figure out how to write an #Introduction. Here goes:
I’d appreciate a boost to help meet like-minded here.
#SupportiveReview (#Kindness, #KidneyKindness) https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/20543581221080327
#PortableReview (was your hard work rejected by a journal with IF>=4? Submit clean, redline, point-by-point response-to-reviews, and tell us which journal and undertake that you responded to all reviews received)
For the pandemic, we need #SystemsApproaches because #CovidIsAirborne and #CovidIsNotOver. #DoAllTheThings #ventilation #filtration #PaidSickDays #BringBackMasks #WearAMask #MasksSaveLives #MaskeAuf #MaskUp #MaskMandate #MaskMandateNow #CovidLong #LongCovid
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Greetings and welcome! At the beginning of the pandemic I taught Rhetoric & Composition at an online university to adult freshmen & nurses earning their RN degrees. After reading countless essays with misinformation, I collected studies to provide scientifically sound data to students. I’m a staunch mask & vaxx advocate. So many people ignore or illogically refute the data. What is the best way to handle that? 😷💙
@thejenniwren @cmclase I think the data are less important than the narrative, and we've allowed uninformed people to control the narrative. In the US the same playbook has been used by #ClimateDeniers - muddy the water with misinformation not to prove a counter factual, but to sow enough doubt that people don't feel compelled to act. So what stories can we tell that promote social responsibility, that resonate with everyone, that teach rather than preach?
Thank you! Totally admirable teaching around this!
We started the website to put the evidence at people's fingertips, so we could say 'there is evidence, it's summarized here':
Filtration evidence: https://maskevidence.org/mask-types
Evidence in practice:
But you are right, people continue to summarize all this as 'no evidence'. Public health could help here with ongoing information campaigns but this is not happening widely.
I think persistence and #kindness will get us there in the end. We are social animals and it is not normal in many countries to wear a mask. The opportunity to normalize this for everyone was lost early in the pandemic because of academic and public health dissent and disagreement. So now it may be a long haul; as you know, behavioural and social change is hard.
Or maybe we will #CleanTheAir instead and masks will be less important.
Did you see this paper on game theory? In their models, either everyone or no-one ends up wearing masks
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/risa.14093 (sorry, paywall)
Here in the U.S., I don’t know if we can achieve kindness. The right wing extremists don’t respond well to kindness. Or logic. Or facts. Of course, the CDC’s failure to present a strong public stance isn’t helping either. I will definitely read your data and use your site. Thank you for taking the time to reply! 💙
we will not change fringe opinions but the majority of people in Canada and elsewhere say they support mask mandates if necessary. It requires public health to say it's necessary.
The 'p' in public health stands for politics, most certainly in all the provinces, except Quebec, which has been the only province not to fiddle with the stats.
PHAC and Dr.Tam have Dr.Tara Moriarty, working with her team to bring Canadians the facts!
@Moriartylabs yes yes, l know, but Dr.Tara is staying to deliver the facts!!
@cmclase (one of many citations for the value of elastomeric P100s : https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/03/health/covid-ppe-masks-health-care.html )
@neroden Good point, I agree. They aren't front-and-centre in our writing because the up-front costs and the appearance are barriers. Hoping to normalize mask-wearing for as many as possible
@noam interestingly in medicine single-masking (anonymized reviewer) is the norm, with the odd high-impact journal using signed reviews.
You sound like some I’d be stupid not to follow!
BTW, I’m still a masker. I know covid isn’t over, not by a long shot!
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