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Damn it, they're not going to let a little pandemic keep them from trying out the croquet set they got for Christmas

Croquet in the Public Garden

A roving UHub photographer captured the scene this afternoon. OK, no, we have no idea when these folks got their croquet set. On the one hand, it's almost charming, and we're hope the holes they left in the grass of the Public Garden did no permanent damage. On the other hand: Jesus, have you guys not seen the news for the last month?

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People playing croquet at Larz Anderson too. And have you seen the Pond today? People know this pandemic is totally blown out of proportions.

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or idiocy. Which?

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Schrodinger's Douchebag.

p.s. don't drink Lysol or put any sort of UV light inside your body

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All the people who bravely claim that the pandemic is “blown out of proportion“ should apply to work/volunteer at a elderly care facility or a hospital to demonstrate how wrong the rest of us are.

When ER providers and geriatric care givers form a consensus that this is over blown, I will listen. But clowns like this ‘anon’ can pound sand.

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Average age of the dead in Massachusetts is 82. Majority rules, and the majority doesn’t give a fuck about your intellectual superiority. They are done with the ninny hysteria, and I’ve had DOCTORS tell me the same. Woodman’s in Essex had a 50-minute wait with two cops on site to keep people from socializing. The result? Gridlock through downtown. I have liberal friends and independent friends and conservative friends. The vast majority are calling bullshit—the, once again, majority of people dying are old or flat fat and unhealthy. Pop control. Thanks for your time.

And before we go there.....I think Donald is a child and wish the Dems had someone without dementia as their candidate.

Request that Adam block me please.

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People like you are the reason that the US has had the highest rate of infection and death in the world. Eat shit. That should be easy for you without a mask on.

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Has anyone seen any studies actually backing up the use of putting cloth masks on to prevent the spread of viruses? I ask this in seriousness as I can't find any except for one, below, showing they may actually do more harm than good. Also, wearing a cloth mask, bandanna or scarf without knowing how to leads to a lot of face touching to adjust what becomes a sweaty and heavily breathed-in damp cloth.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4420971/

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NPR from April 23, 2 days ago:

8 In 10 Americans Support COVID-19 Shutdown

A majority of Americans — 8 in 10 — say strict shelter-in-place guidelines are worth it, to keep people safe from COVID-19 and control the spread of the virus, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll. The same percentage, of around 80% of Americans, also say they can follow the restrictions for at least one more month.

Tell me more about this “majority rules” that you speak of...

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Peeps at the front, I wear a mask in stores for the sanity of humanity. I keep distant in public, blah blah blah. Once again, I am not a Trump loon, nor an elephant. I voted Dem 3/4 of the last two decades’ prez elections. However, (since we devolved into personal names) assface, NPR and their sources are measuring against what? I just had a Zoom with five Trump haters, and absolutely none of them think the hard-ass restrictions should be in place after May 15. ACTUALLY, they said their environmental movement raved about pop control until this happened. Now, EVERYONE matters.

I made my point because most on the ground are done. If you did your own LIVE research (I know, bad), you’d see that the NPR survey is good for about the people that would respond to a survey.

Loving the discourse, BTW.

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However, (since we devolved into personal names) assface,

LOL! Where did I call you any names?

TIRED: “Majority rules!”
WIRED: “My five friends on Zoom said...”

Keep lowering that bar.

But please tell us more about your population control eugenics where fat people, old people, and dying people are unworthy of doing our best to protect them.

Keep advocating for genocide. Fight that fight, hero.

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I just had a Zoom with five Trump haters, and absolutely none of them think the hard-ass restrictions should be in place after May 15. ACTUALLY, they said their environmental movement raved about pop control until this happened. Now, EVERYONE matters.

This might be a crazy suggestion, but maybe get your information about the current global pandemic from epidemiologists instead of 5 ecofascists on Zoom.

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If you had actually looked at the link above, you’d see the poll wasn’t actually conducted by NPR and the full methodology is described here:

https://www.kff.org/report-section/kff-health-tracking-poll-late-april-2...

I’d love to see your specific criticisms of these survey methods, which I’m sure you’ve done a lot of study on and aren’t just criticizing because it goes against what you want to believe.

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Once again, I am not a Trump loon,

Nothing ensures that you're about to read a Republican talking point like this disclaimer...

PS:

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1) Would you offer up your mother as sacrifice just because she’s old —and therefore unworthy —. so you don’t have to be inconvenienced any more ?

2) Gridlock in Essex? Is the traffic really messing up your daily plans?

3). It’s great that you have such a wide variety of friends — the only thing these people seem to have in common is their own lousy judgment in friends. Probably the same judgment in use by all these “DOCTORS”’you hang with.

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Thanks for volunteering me to die because I'm old. God forbid you might have to endure a traffic jam or some other huge inconvenience. I really am impressed by the opinions of all your anonymous doctors and Zoom friends. Since you don't care about who dies from this disease you're so careless about spreading, I have to assume you have no relatives at risk. You really are very special.

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That's the positive spin on this person's angle: I wonder whether they stand to inherit anything if their older relatives die.

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Massachusetts statistics do not appear to give a good estimate of the fatality of Covid-19 by age; here people over 80 account for about 63% of deaths in confirmed Covid-19 cases, but that's not typical. My guess is that it's distorted because of the many hospitals in Boston, and because there have been several episodes out outbreaks in nursing homes. In NYC, which is probably a better laboratory, 48% of the deaths have been of people over 75. About another quarter are between 65 and 75, and a full 22% are between 45 and 65.

"Average age of death" is a misleading statistic, anyway. The death of one 900-year-old can throw the whole thing off.

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Or was that a tree?

More seriously, if the death rate for those under the age of 45 is so low, why don't we just let them go back to work if a) they have no known underlying conditions b) they can steer clear of the elderly and c) they feel comfortable doing so. This complete shutdown is increasingly looking unnecessary as we learn about the correlation of disease severity to age and health.

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Two words: asymptomatic carriers

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Next question

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Actually you didn't address that at all.

In fact, you brushed right over it.

Letting a certain age group go back to work will just expose more people.

Unless you plan on separating all the old and sick folks onto a magical island somewhere your plan is bs.

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Is destroy the economy. This can't go on much longer or the cure will be far worse than the disease.

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You've said multiple times on here that you're a financial advisor. I wonder if you might have some sort of ulterior motive in pushing for the "economy to be opened back up"...

People not dying unnecessarily is a much higher priority than your stock portfolio. Sorry, asshole.

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Absolutely nothing to do with that. Working with my clients this month, all are fine (not as fine as February, but fine). You can't predict, you can prepare and my clients were well prepared.

The people most at risk are not my clients and never will be. And the worst case if we keep this up might end up being people with pensions which I have no personal interest in. Cops, firefighters, union members who will likely never come to me with material assets to manage all have retirement income guaranteed mostly by stocks bonds and real estate. Ya wanna screw them? Hide in your house. Ya wanna thank them? Get her ass back to work. They have their lives on the line for you. Return the favor, as long as we don't spike the curve.

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We’re already in a bad, bad place with the economy. The question is do we make the painful decision to buckle up and do it right the first time, or do we amplify this catastrophe by orders of magnitude by doing things half-assed and allow COVID to re-explode.

Research shows that places that commit to aggressive social distancing measures earlier and longer do not have worse economic outcomes during pandemics – if anything, they grow faster once the threat of the virus is over than places that enacted measures too late or repealed them too early. >

Imagine a second surge 2 months from now? The economic recovery clock gets set back to 0 and we’d require another 8-12 week quarantine. And there would be a total loss of faith in the public when another ‘all clear’ is sounded. This means you could open any business you want, but if the consumer confidence is eroded, no one is going to spend there. Not to mention the toll of a sick work force and many 10s of thousands of more people dead. You can work, you can’t provide for dependents, and you can’t spend money if you’re dead.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/16/when-is-the-right-...

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3561560

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A single word of what I wrote. Or are rambling uninformed screeds just your MO?

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You think that the lockdown is becoming increasingly unnecessary.

I disagree and I think it is too early to make such a judgement, And I feel that I have supported my arguments decently as far as comment sections go. If I am uninformed, I will let the substance of both of our arguments speak to that.

I hope you are correct and we can come back in a month and I have to eat crow! But I won’t bet my health on it.

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The curve is not yet flat. And It’s not only about the death rates.

So maybe people under 45 die from COVID at a lower rate. But they still die and COVID deaths are preventable. The disease is very infectious, and People under 45 still spread COVID to their households, commerce/business networks, and social networks.

The idea behind flattening the curve is so that we all don’t get sick at once and overload the emergency medical system. Since we don’t have vaccines, and as much as we’ve discussed masks even proponents like me know they aren’t a magic bullet and they aren’t nearly as effective as physical distance and isolation.

The fact that total shutdown looks less than necessary is a good indication that the shut down is working.

A premature opening that causes a re-spike in infections that decimates the workforce, overloads our emergency care, and collapses consumer confidence and spending* is being talked about as worse than flattening the curve now and minimizing spread until testing and therapies are wide spread.

(*and this is all before we talk about deaths, preventable deaths, and acceptable demographics for death, which, to me is more compelling of a reason to stay shut.)

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We are flattening the curve, not erasing it. If we can get a vaccine fast enough, we might prevent some deaths. But if the cost is turning the US into a third world country, it's not worth the price.

The economy will open in a sensible way in the next few weeks. I believe that should be a blend of age based return to work and limiting some businesses from reopening ( like movie theaters, restaurants etc). You are more likely than not to get infected by the time we get a vaccine. We need to get on with our lives and deal with that fact and stop hiding in our bedrooms and behind masks as long as, as you say, we don't overwhelm the hospital system.

I don't want the virus, but I'm a realist. It's going to find me. I have zero fear of that fully recognizing that it could kill me, especially given my age. Time to get back to work, sensibly.

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Or just aging punk rockers angry at the world?

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And family. It's not anger. Quite the opposite.

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"I blame society."

Huh. I have a feeling there are a bunch of aging punk rockers who ARE doctors out there.

Sometimes being angry motivates.
Such as wearing a mask and learning more about vectors of transmission because of so-called assholes who don't.

I actually believe a lot of punk rockers do care. Many try to be kind to the world, if not to the powers that be, and try to have a light footprint.

There are plenty of legitimate criticisms of modern consumer culture that apply in the absence of aging punk rocker misanthropy.

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When Obamacare was voted in all the guys who were hid in the basement of their high school until they were 18 freaked out. They claimed that there would be Death Panels who would decide that old people might as well die. The idea was that Doctors would decide that it just wasn't worth the money to try to give them medical care.

This of course caused confusement among the normal people. Who even thinks that way? These guys do. Here we are a few years later and those same guys are telling us that it's no big deal if the elderly die, and we can't afford to care about it. "Screw em, they are gonna die soon anyway." #Trumpdeathpanels

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https://www.boston.com/news/coronavirus/2020/04/23/blood-clotting-corona...
https://www.boston.com/news/coronavirus/2020/04/24/covid-19-strokes

Aside from the above, my wife is a nurse practitioner, and neither herself, nor any of the DOCTORS she works with think this is overblown. You should get new friends.

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You want people to die? That's real nice.

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Marty Walsh needs to order anyone out in public to wear a mask. People are not complying with these “recommendations.”

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While I’m taking a walk is absurd. Miasma has been thoroughly disproven.

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Why don’t we let the epidemiologists and qualified public health professionals determine when wearing a mask is ‘absurd’ and when it is not?

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But can you point to known incidences of outdoor infection? Guessing it happens, but it appears most of the cases I've seen come from indoor exposure-trains, buses, subways, stores and restaurants. Maybe athletes in close contact. But I'm not hearing of any likely infections from walking down the street in a well ventilated environment.

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The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. We know people can transmit the virus in close proximity to others, many are asymptomatic, and the sidewalks are too narrow to pass at a safe distance in a densely populated city. Masks are needed.

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How would one know ??? I don’t think those infected are showing up at ERs with a time and place stamp on their foreheads.

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Is that the same as guessing it doesn’t happen?

I’d rather not guess.

Why there is so much opposition to erring on the side of caution with a deadly infectious disease on something as so mildly inconvenient as face coverings is beyond me. Worst case there is no mitigation.

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And that gives them the right to suspend the Constitution? Sorry, I'd literally rather be dead than live in a country where the government has that right. And this is coming from someone that has lived in multiple countries where the government has that right. . My right to move freely in public supercedes your or the government's right to dictate what I wear in public. If you don't want to get infected, stay home or prove to me that being outside walking by someone causes infection. Then check back in. And even then, just don't walk near someone without a mask if you are afraid of getting the rona.

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Jeez. Why does everything have to be some sort of anti-government “I’d rather die from ‘Rona than wear a mask!” extreme?

Hypothetical: if a homemade face covering captured 10 percent of COVID infected droplets from shedding from an infected person - perhaps an asymptomatic person - would best practice be to wear a face covering?

For me personally, I think the answer is yes. If I can protect my neighbors even a small percentage while I am at the grocery store, I feel it would be personally irresponsible not to.

My best understanding is that proper face covering does mitigate by 3-fold the droplets shed in flu sufferers and is an effective way to dampen transmission of those viruses. Multiply that by all people out in public, it becomes significant.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3591312/

So hypothesizing that the government is “guessing” that masks dampen transmission is off the mark. The best evidence we have - while not “proving” anything with COVID - demonstrates that face coverings do mitigate respiratory virus spread. How is that bad?

The opposition to the appeal that we be good citizens and neighbors and work to minimize - however inconvenient and imperfectly - the risk to our community, elders, and friends is mind boggling. You’d think we’ve asked people give up their right to vote or something.

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Big difference from a government mandate.

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The government mandates seatbelt use for public safety. Life jacket laws. Motorcycle and bicycle helmet laws. Prohibitions on smoking at workplaces including restaurants.

These are all things that are regulated by local governments that were once opposed using the same “personal choice”/“I thought this was a free country”/“down with tyranny” arguments now used against evidence-based personal face covering guidances designed to protect our neighbors and friends from community spread.

Should cities or the Commonwealth mandate face covering, I would have the same sympathy for the arguments against the mandate as I do for people who oppose banning smoking at workplaces/restaurants and those who oppose seatbelt laws.

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Walking down the street and breathing are rights. Very slippery slope. Keep trying, but you are getting colder.

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Walking down the street spewing aerosolized virus droplets and shedding COVID is a right? Interesting.

In a time when folks are losing their income, loved ones, lives, careers, among many other sacrifices - voluntary and involuntary - the “face coverings are slightly inconvenient and I can’t bothered to wear one, therefore I will pivot to a disingenuous civil liberties debate” is certainly a hot take.

The fact that we can’t count on the personal responsibility of our neighbors is the reason why people are advocating city and state government mandates.

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Government doesn't have that right. Exercise some personal responsibility and stay away from people without masks and you'll have no problem. I have the right not to wear a mask and I promise not to get near you. Please return the favor and we'll all be fine with or without a mask.

Gotta go. Heading back into the office starting Monday and gotta rest up.

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You assert that local governments don’t have the right to mandate face coverings. That assertion is not backed up, it’s just asserted.

I don’t know that governments do have the right to mandate face coverings, but some local governments have, so that is one example that challenges that assertion.

In addition to local governments mandating face masks, they have mandated that passengers in motor vehicles wear seatbelts, to which you say that being a passenger in a car is a privilege and therefore it’s ok that government implements laws mandating the use of protective equipment (seatbelts).

I guess I fail to see how traveling down the street in the back seat of a car is different than walking down the street insofar as the government’s purview to make laws pertaining to each concerning personal and public safety.

Jaywalking is regulated, as another example. One rationale for seatbelts is to save other passengers from the dangers of your projectile body after a crash. Jaywalking is not only about the safety of pedestrians, but for the safety of drivers and passengers.

Similarly, face covering use is has come about to protect others. I have a hard time accepting the assertion that local governments “don’t have the right” to mandate face coverings from a clear public health threat.

Obviously, I am not a lawyer, but on the surface “the government doesn’t have the right” seems like an argument pulled out of thin air.

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Varies by level. And there isn't necessarily a hierarchy. Public health (like insurance and some other regulations) is largely in the hands of the states which is why we'll never have a national mandate. The only person that MIGHT have this authority is the governor and even the governor's authority is likely limited here. Pretty sure Baker even said that so I'm sure he's had lawyers look at it. No way every mayor this and councilor that can make up rules that impact civil rights, no matter how trivial.

For me, I'll wear a mask if a private biz I want to patronize requires it. Otherwise no way, even if the governor mandates it. Just don't come near me and you'll be fine. I'll return the favor to the best of my ability. If that bothers you, don't go to crowded places. It's your inalienable right.

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You're the guy who goes to the supermarket without a mask. Now we know.

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Wore it last week and today in a small market. Inside and outside two different things.

Keep trying.

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For me, I'll wear a mask if a private biz I want to patronize requires it. Otherwise no way, even if the governor mandates it.

FO&D.

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So, explain to me why it's more constitutional -- or more reasonable -- for them to say that half the population must cover our breasts in public, to avoid titillating or shocking other people, than to say everyone must cover their faces to avoid possibly *killing* other people.

And, constitutional or not, why have you chosen to live in a country and state where the government not only has, but uses, the right to dictate what your fellow citizens wear? A person--of any gender--walking around shirtless might increase their own risk of skin cancer, but not other people's. If "you must wear a mask in public" is restricting your free movement, telling someone else she has to wear a shirt is restricting hers.

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But there are probably long-standing legal principles that govern public decency laws which have been around in various forms since the dawn of civilization

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The guys at the State House practically lost their minds!

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"My right to move freely in public supercedes your or the government's right to dictate what I wear in public. If you don't want to get infected, stay home"

So you get to dictate that other people stay home because you don't want to wear a simple mask? I want to drive ninety miles an hour down neighborhood streets, if you don't want to risk getting mowed down you should just stay home or you can prove to me that I'm going to lose control of the car and end up killing someone.

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No one is impinging your freedom of movement if you have to wear a mask. Governments can impose restrictions that are appropriate to the situation. Boston's noise ordinance does not overturn the First Amendment, it just means you cannot use your bullhorn at high volume when you declare a minor requirement to be a live free or die moment.

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rule. They make an exception for 'reasonable personal exercise' such as walking in your neighborhood where there are few, if any, other people around.

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The median age is like 102, they have several nursing homes, and yet people are driving from neighboring areas to walk around the lake on top of each other.

THE SIDEWALK IS 4 FEET WIDE AND MAYBE 2/10 PEOPLE ARE WEARING MASKS.

Might be some very nice real estate available there in the next year.

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I strongly object to the Beacon Hill and Back Bay bike crowd being on this tear to close Storrow so that more privileged idiots can not social distance and then put it on their social media.

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There’s vocal support from some on this website.

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Josh Zakim today: "This was the route of my (masked, socially distanced) run today. Back Bay>Gov. Center/W. End>Greenway>Ft Point>Chinatown. A beautiful day, but I am incredibly disappointed in how few ppl are wearing masks & SocialDistancing. A lot of dangerous, selfish assholes out there."

Just now from the East Boston Facebook group:"Just an FYI
If you’re nervous about being in contact with anyone, stay away from Breman St Park
No one has on masks, and definitely within 6 feet of passing each other. If you’re not worried, enjoy!"

I already got into it this AM from a vocal proponent of the idea of turning Storrow into Mem Drive on the weekends during this crisis. Only problem is that the poster, who espouses a car free and bike only lifestyle, works for Wayfair. The company that you can only get goods from delivered by giant gas guzzling trucks.

I'll take my chances.

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At least, and hopefully, we won't see the giant Wayfair trucks on Storrow.

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That's a horrible reason to be dismissive of someone. Not many people are fortunate enough to have a perfectly ethical, aligned-with-their-values employer in this era of capitalism.

Also you can't play croquet on Storrow.

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Privileged? I don't know about you, but as a neighbor of the Shattuck Hospital and a regular rider of the Orange Line from Forest Hills to North Station, most of the people not wearing masks are the homeless with no place to even take a shower after a couple of weeks. You should hang out on Causeway Street, or Downtown Crossing. Those poor people certainly don't look privileged.

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I think the idea with that is to allow more space so the people who aren't dumbasses can actually keep their distance from those who are. I like to run but I can't do it outside at all these days because it's too crowded, especially on sidewalks and paths. If I have the whole width of Storrow to try to help me avoid people, it might be better.

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before rushing to public judgement it might be wise to:
1.) confirm that this does in fact break social distancing guidelines. These people may live with each other
2.) acknowledge that the CDC recommends masks be worn in public when social distancing guidelines may be difficult to adhere to, such as enclosed spaces (they specifically site grocery stores, pharmacy, etc). The risk of outdoor transmission in public parks is in fact quite low due to the dispersion of particles due to wind and natural spacing of people. You may forgo a mask in a park and still be adhering to CDC guidance.
3.) focused outdoor recreation is an essential activity to human health and well-being, as acknowledged by Baker and public health officials. As mentioned above, the risk of SARS-Cov-2 transmission is this setting is quite limited

moralistic lecturing will not serve the interest of the public health. It will divide, and in the long run (and we will be dealing with COVID for many months to years) we will be ill served such rhetoric. This is a marathon, not a sprint. We out to treat each other charitably and put forth a sustainable and science-based public response to decrease transmission.

and yes, I am spending my day caring for vented COVID patients.

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Is exactly what your post is...

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(shuffles papers)

Centers for Disease Control.

I'm inclined to believe them.

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Watching people drive around in their cars with masks on so they don't get coronavirus from … the no other people in their cars, but the mask gets wet and loses efficacy for wherever they are going …

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Or maybe they don't want to touch the mask with their potentially dirty hands?

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Then leaving your mask on and not taking it on and off is much safer than removing it with gloved hands.

Also, you have NO idea who has a compromised immune system or is currently undergoing cancer treatment.

So,

1.) Mind Your Business.

2.) See "1"

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THANK YOU. Masks have become the go-to for idiots to scold strangers. People are scared and masks as something highly visible they can latch onto; their outrage is the closest they can get to a feeling of control in the midst of all this. I'll wear one in a store. I'll wear one if there's a lot of foot traffic. But when I can stay 50 feet away from other people? Nope.

One other thing: having a mask on doesn't make you indestructible. I'm getting a little tired of assholes getting up close and personal in public spaces without thinking about it because they're wearing masks. If I can stick out a foot and trip you, you're too f---inkg close.

Lastly, I remember that long ago era--about a month ago--when we were repeatedly told that masks weren't necessary. Right up until they were. This is an unprecedented and fluid situation. Many talented people are working hard to find a solution to this, but let's not pretend for a second that they aren't figuring this out as they go.

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I don't get what's wrong with it. They're maintaining distance from other people. Pedestrians on the sidewalk might be spreading more germs to more people than this group is.

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Well hopefully they live together, and I'm not sure it's ever okay to use the PG as your croquet pitch, of all places. Otherwise I agree with you (though I don't think passing pedestrians are worth too much worry, either). Only decent sunny day in a 12-day stretch here, let people get their properly distanced fresh air and sunlight.

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They are commandeering a lot of park space for very few people and violating park regulations. Nothing really serious, but certainly selfish as can be.
A bit douche-baggy.
But I don't care other than you are blind to it.

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Aren't we supposed to be the "smart ones" up here far north of the Mason Dixon?

From what I saw today it's easily 8 to 1 non-mask wearers out there today, and that's being generous.

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Aren't we supposed to be the "smart ones" up here far north of the Mason Dixon?

No, considering how much lower the severity south of the Mason Dixon, Boston is among the "dumb ones".

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...stats or demographics or infrastructure much, do you? To say nothing of epidemiology.

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Well, I know statistically North Carolina has both a bigger popualtion and fewer cases than Massachusetts, infrastructurally is south of the Mason Dixon line, and epidemiologically didn't hold a global biotech conference at the Marriott at the start of a pandemic.

What else am I missing?

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You said it best yourself.

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Ah, so you're implying because we have higher density, higher population, higher infection numbers, we're dumb for the virus having an easier time to spread? Got it, Mr. Smart.

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It hasn't hit them YET.

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Took Comm ave home from dropping my spouse off at work witnessed a bridal photo shoot happening and many others just hanging out. The issue isn’t people being out and taking a stroll it is them being stationary in public. If you are out keep it moving don’t park your butt in the grass and set up shop.

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Typical do as I say, not as I do Massachusetts elitist liberal.

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...who has no idea if these people are liberals, conservatives, idiots (er... I mean libertarians) but assumes they are both liberals and elitists.

Let me know when your leaders like Hannity are going out in public spaces and going to busy stores or perhaps STFU.

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I wasn't born in Massachusetts but I got here as fast as I could.

Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

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I think there's room in Kansas.

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Bad for four people to be playing in wide open common, yet today at Blue Hills it was packed, so many people hiking/walking today.

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I'm glad to see this post because I noticed something today...

I had to venture further than the block around my house as I had to go do some errands and then stop at work to pick up some stuff for work.

DTX - Dead dead dead, except for a large group of like 15 guys all on the stair-thing near Old Navy. And occasional spots of people NOT practicing social distances (pairs. trios of people)

Next stop.. Central (amazon package drop off). The whole damn park in front of the CSB/Amazon/CVS side of Mass Ave @ Magazine/River/Prospect was FULL of people. I had to walk way around to avoid everyone.

Final Stop.. Davis (work). Both work locations in Davis (we have two) are off the Bike path. Lots of people out, all practicing distance. People with masks (except runners) everywhere. Same with CVS and b.fresh too.

Of course, as much as I do not like to 'peg' homeless people but my neighbor corrected me and said that probably DTX and Central were homeless people vs the Somerville crowd.

Still very stark, noticeable difference.

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Upon seeing the photograph I thought: the Public Garden is not the right place for any type of game playing- It’s a botanical garden, not a park or playground, and it’s very nice for a stroll! If we weren’t experiencing this pandemic, the Boston Common would be a better choice to set up a croquet set.

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is banned.

Per regulations, thou shalt not have any fun! Amongst the many banned things:

No person shall […] play ball or any other game or sport.

(Unless you have a permit.)

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Kidding, but don't fuck with the Garden!
Seriously, I'm not advocating execution but I'd be all for 30 days in jail and years of community service in the Garden.
It's a civic treasure that needs to be respected.

(No need to even comment on the lack of social distancing- plenty of that elsewhere.

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Get that equipment out of the Public Garden. Oh, and you are truly ignorant assholes for demonstrating your coolness during a public health crisis.

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Let's see who gets that reference...

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After they kill off all us olds, nobody will get that.

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that wasn't totally what I was referencing.

(I do agree that does seem to be their sentiment though.)

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I guess whatever you were referencing is more obscure than that.

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A cover of that song played during the opening while Veronica and the three Heathers were playing croquet.

(Actually I use the term "play" loosely in Veronica's case - she was buried up to her neck on the playing field while the lead Heather (the one Veronica and JD later murdered) bopped a croquet ball off her head.)

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Real life sucks losers dry.

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As well as beaches reopening. I could see wearing a mask while bowling but how does one enjoy the ocean while wearing a mask?
I guess this will be America's test case.

BTW: You are not even supposed to walk on the grass in the Public Garden. Where are those nimrods from?

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