In case you are still wondering what it’s all about, let me show you something that will tell you what it’s all about.
It’s this box – pictured below and in the video that follows – of “earloop masks” proffered at the entrance to Earth Fare in Roanoke, where I live (well, live near). Earth Fare is one of those “whole foods” joints that touts its particular concern for the health of its patrons. It has been a hot spot of weaponized hypochondria ever since this disease began to spread.
These “masks” in the box – made in China, of course – are apparently (ostensibly) there to “protect” those feeling the need – from the respiratory virus from China, that’s in the air, everywhere.
Or so it doesn’t say – on the boxes these things come in.
One of which (empty) I liberated for the sake of closer examination. It says a lot of things on the box, including – adjacent to the picture of a vacant-eyed chin Speedo Wearer – that the rags within are “lightweight,” have “dual elastic earloops” and are of “three-ply” construction. It says nothing about the protection these “masks” offer as regards respiratory viruses. Which – per Dr. Strangelove discussing the importance of letting the world know a Doomsday Device exists – is thw whole point of the thing, eh?
I thought that was interesting.
I took the box home and when I got home, I went to the Safety Corp (yes, really) web site to “learn more” about (don’t you love that phrase – with all the implications of wisdom-acquisition it conveys?) what was in the box.
Here is what I “learned”:
“Does not provide NIOSH approved respiratory protection.”
Meaning: It’s all for show.
To show the people entering the store that the management “cares” about their health; so much so that it proffers the cheapest, Chinese-made disposable “masks” that provide no protection against the acquisition or transmission of respiratory viruses. And to proffer a piece of costume accoutrement so that the people who want to can show how much they care about signaling their virtue. Display their faithfulness to the practices of the Sickness Cult.
If it were not all for show, there would be “masks” that met the minimum standard for filtration against penetration by respiratory viruses. But those are not cheap, virtue-signaling throw-aways.
Which raises an interesting question that perhaps one of the lawyers reading this will proffer his thoughts about. It is whether it is potentially actionable, legally, to lead people to believe – I mean the really dumb ones – that emulating the Chin Speedo’d gal on the box by applying one of these things to their chins will protect them from the much-hyped virus that doesn’t kill 99.8-something percent of those who get it.
Isn’t that misleading, at the least?
Reckless endangerment at the worst?
What if someone does catch the ‘Rona – Moronicon or otherwise – after having shopped at Earth Fare or some other store that places these useless – for epidemiological purposes – “masks” on display at the entrance to the store? Having assumed in good faith that by walking around the store with their chin looking like the package of a Euro Guido they’d prevent the acquisition of this not-so-deadly bug?
Motels have been sued on account of not having a lifeguard by a pool – even if the gate to the pool is closed. Manufacturers of ladders for not having placed a sticker warning the user not to stand on the last step. Fast-food joints, for not advising people who bought a cup of hot coffee that coffee is hot – and should be handled with care.
But – somehow – it’s ok to lead people to believe that a Chinese-made Face Speedo its manufacturer says “does not provide protection” – but not on the box – is ok to leave sitting at the entrance to a store in the midst of a “pandemic.” And by doing so, lead people into the constructive hazard of a store possibly full of the ‘Rona, wearing something that protects them as much from it as a fishnet thong serves as a flotation device.
And they ask me why I drink . . .
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