Why you should wear a mask even though there’s practically no chance it will keep you from getting the coronavirus

TL;DR — the practice saves lives, even if not yours.

A risk that’s trivial for one person is a real concern when it’s suffered by 300,000,000 Americans.

How much modest personal discomfort and inconvenience is it worth, to save devastation somewhere else? Especially when you don’t know the people, don’t know where, and don’t even know for sure it’ll happen? People donate dollars and volunteer time when earthquakes and hurricanes strike. Standing in cold flood muck all night stacking sandbags by the river is pretty uncomfortable and inconvenient. Masks are a lot easier.

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Our police embody society’s power…

The police are constituted to act on behalf of society. They embody society’s power. The police are the enforcement teeth behind the laws, the courts, the mayor or governor — all the branches of government. Besides requesting and coaxing and cajoling, besides careful de-escalation, besides the intimidating authority of their physical presence, our police wield force, even lethal force, ostensibly to further society’s goals.

That’s how it’s supposed to work.

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