Saints urge mask wearing

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At some point in the last four months of this extended episode of The Twilight Zone, an important public-health issue became a political litmus test. It shouldn’t be. And people and organizations in positions of influence are trying to reverse that.

The Saints are on board with the effort, posting on Monday an image of coach Sean Payton wearing a face covering bearing a Saints logo on the sideline, with this message: “Do your job . . . wear a mask.”

Even if you don’t care about protecting yourself (you should) or others (you should), there’s a simple and logical connection between wearing masks and limiting the spread of the virus and enhancing the possibility that football season will happen. If you want football season, wear a mask.

The corona truthers continues to search for silver linings in the storm clouds that have been strengthening not subsiding, but the news is bad and getting worse. The virus continues to race through the population, largely unchecked. The summer months haven’t done jack squat to slow it down. And so it will gather strength and pack a wallop in the fall, barring urgent, immediate action by everyone.

It starts with wearing a mask. I go to the local grocery store once a week. Roughly two thirds of the people there aren’t wearing masks. Roughly half of the people not wearing masks seem to resent those who do. Roughly a third of those wearing masks aren’t covering their noses with it. And then there are the people who have a mask on but it’s pulled down under their chin.

It’s inconvenient, yes. It can get a little uncomfortable, yes. But it’s the one tangible thing that we all must do to keep this slow-moving nuclear explosion that seems destined to eventually wipe a million or more Americans off the face of the earth before a vaccine can be developed and distributed.

So listen to the Saints and Sean Payton and Mitch McConnell and Mike Pence and everyone who is now urging us to do something we should have been doing from the get go: WEAR A MASK.

65 responses to “Saints urge mask wearing

  1. A massive 500% increase in testing is responsible for the uptick in cases. Deaths have continued to drop. Testing has increased 500% since April but daily cases have increased only 29% while daily deaths are down 84% & have continued to drop.

  2. Things are going to get really bad in America. We don’t even have a national strategy, where is the contact tracing? Americans will be banned from even going to Europe. We’re going to become more isolated from the rest of the world like never before. We plateaued with a large number of cases, doing a very half hearted attempt at shutting things down; now it’s about to ride exponentially across the sun belt. This is just getting started in America while the rest of the world is going to defeat the virus. Really embarrassed by our leaderships response to the virus, they had months to prepare and did nothing!!

  3. There won’t be football this year. Mike’s grocery store observation summed everything up. It’s a shame the wearing a mask became political instead of science. Now everyone loses.

  4. This pandemic would be well under control and life would be nearing normal if half the people had taken it seriously from the beginning. Trump’s half.

  5. collectordude says:
    June 30, 2020 at 8:23 am
    In lots of places, it’s optional.
    And needs to stay that way.
    ————————————-
    How is that working out in Texas, AZ & Florida? Your on this site because you love football, but you would rather not wear a mask and have no football?

  6. I agree with masks. But just saying “(you should you truther)” isnt going to make someone who doesnt go “oh really? Ill do it now that you told me to” It just perpetuates the one sided rhetoric that we have in the media where people listen to politicians or openly opinionated news companies instead of unbiased scientists that we should be having reflect on both sides of an issue with raw science.

  7. Saw an article on the AARP website saying that testing showed that a face shield is at least as effective as a mask. I keep wondering if more people would comply with face covering if they knew they could wear a shield instead of a mask. It wouldn’t do anything about the people who see this as political, but maybe some of those whose objection to the face mask is discomfort might be persuaded.

  8. I don’t agree with the masks but i wear them in a store get my business done and get out. The people getting the virus are uneducated or unlucky

  9. The masks that medical professionals wear or the ones that 90% of the public is wearing that are largely ineffective?

  10. kingbags says:
    June 30, 2020 at 8:27 am
    A massive 500% increase in testing is responsible for the uptick in cases. Deaths have continued to drop.

    ************************************************************************************

    No clue who’s pushing this narrative recently. It’s like people actively look for reasons to justify being selfish.

    You wouldn’t expect changes in positive case rates to immediately lead to changes in hospitalization or death rates now. Hospitalization rates will lag behind positive case rates by days or weeks because it can take a days/weeks for someone to get so sick from COVID that they have to be hospitalized. Pretty common narrative — someone diagnosed with COVID was at home for a couple weeks and suddenly had to go into the hospital when their condition worsened. Death rates lag behind hospitalization rates for the same reason. Even after people are hospitalized, it can take days or weeks for them to get to the point where they succumb to it. Add that up and and you can see why death rates aren’t just going to immediately jump with positive case rates — it can take time.

    Second, it’s thought positive case rates are going up now because a lot of the people getting it are young. The concern is that it’ll spread to people who are more at risk, at which point you could again start seeing hospitalization and death rates go up.

  11. I don’t get it.

    I lean right, but if there is anything I can do to help get out of this 4 month nightmare, I’m doing it… even if it’s not proven… even if it only has a small chance of being effective. I want my life back.

    What’s more inconvenient, wearing a mask or delaying a return to normalcy?

    It’s insane that people are letting egos and ‘the principle’ guide whether or not they wear a mask.

  12. kingDbags says:

    A massive 500% increase in testing is responsible for the uptick in cases. Deaths have continued to drop. Testing has increased 500% since April but daily cases have increased only 29% while daily deaths are down 84% & have continued to drop.
    —————————————————–

    New Zealand tests almost more than anyone in the world per capita, and, after weeks of no new cases, they have two new cases.
    Two.

    The USA is a joke.

  13. stellarperformance says:
    June 30, 2020 at 8:55 am
    This pandemic would be well under control and life would be nearing normal if half the people had taken it seriously from the beginning. Trump’s half.

    – – – – – – – – – – –

    Are the young people out there now in large groups engaging in irresponsible behavior “Trump’s Half”?

  14. It’s the most perplexing thing I’ve ever seen in my life, but that’s the world we live in now. Mandating mask wearing got rid of SARS, and this is a closely related virus. Not rocket science, but some people go to their political leaders and their commentators to tell them how to approach common sense situations these days.

  15. collectordude says:
    June 30, 2020 at 8:23 am
    In lots of places, it’s optional.
    And needs to stay that way.
    ————————————-
    How is that working out in Texas, AZ & Florida? Your on this site because you love football, but you would rather not wear a mask and have no football?

    ————————

    I’d rather have no football

  16. Our anti-science conspiracy theory culture war has lead to the US being the world leader, number 1…in deaths and infections. And supposedly we have the best health care in the world? Veil lifted.

  17. Are the young people out there now in large groups engaging in irresponsible behavior “Trump’s Half”?
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    It’s unfair to lay this all on one political party and you have do a point, but you have to admit that the loudest voices on this (anti-mask) topic are definitely republican.

  18. stainlesssteel says:
    June 30, 2020 at 9:48 am
    stellarperformance says:
    June 30, 2020 at 8:55 am
    This pandemic would be well under control and life would be nearing normal if half the people had taken it seriously from the beginning. Trump’s half.

    – – – – – – – – – – –

    Are the young people out there now in large groups engaging in irresponsible behavior “Trump’s Half”?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Key words: “…..from the beginning.”

    Trump should’ve grown some balls, taken control, and instituted national federal standards for social distancing compliance. He instead put it on individual states while denying the obvious and played his fiddle while Rome burned.

    Remember that in November.

  19. “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” ― Albert Einstein

  20. If you still aren’t wearing a mask when you go to the grocery store then you obviously hate the United States and it’s people, because you are risking Americans lives.

    All the work we did staying home and isolating our families for months before Memorial Day is now wasted and we are back to square one because of you.

    Thanks idiot!

  21. It’s actually pretty dumb. The majority of mask out there won’t protect you. A good test is if you are wearing a mask go ahead and put a lit lighter in front of you. If you can blow out the flame while wearing your mask then your mask is ineffective at stopping the virus. If your mask falls in that category then it’s pretty pointless and the majority of the ones out there fail at this simple test. In addition to that, if you are wearing a mask you are cutting down your oxygen intake and breathing in more of your own carbon dioxide which is a big deal. Either way make your own decision, because I hate to be the bearer of bad news but nobody makes it out alive anyways.

  22. Everyone commenting with disdain at the non-mask wearers must be equally furious with all protesters as well, right?

    I am disappointed in those who can’t just wear a mask, but if you are only upset with one group acting irresponsibly – be sure to take a deep look within yourself.

  23. I love how people continue to equate the 2 million plus cases to increased testing…

    It’s laughable if you know the numbers…

    China has tested over 90,000,000 people and has 83,000 confirmed cases

    The US has tested 33,000,000 people and has 2 million cases

    Social distancing and mask wearing works…

  24. Florio said that about a third of people wear masks that didn’t cover their noses. Seems about right as my own observations are about 40%.

    Did you ever notice how ugly nostrils are? That’s all I’m seeing and I’m sick of looking at people’s nostrils. Cover up them nostrils people!

  25. If masks are worn to slow the spread, then how does the wearing masks get us out of this sooner? I’ve loved the lockdown logic from the start. We gotta quarantine to “flatten the curve”, which is another way of saying DRAW THIS NIGHTMARE OUT (to protect those hospitals, they said). Masks are the great litmus test to see if your mind is sufficiently controlled or not.

  26. collectordude says:
    June 30, 2020 at 8:23 am
    In lots of places, it’s optional.
    And needs to stay that way.
    —————————————–

    There are a lot of things that are optional that I don’t like, but I do it as a courtesy to those around me. Wear a mask nobody’s asking you to cut off your right arm.

  27. I saw a gal with 3 little children under 5, and in third trimester pregnancy, coming out of Walmart, and not a single mask!

    I just don’t get it.

  28. Straight Cash Homie says:
    June 30, 2020 at 10:30 am
    It’s actually pretty dumb. The majority of mask out there won’t protect you.

    ************************************************************************************

    What’s also dumb is to not realize by now that the point in wearing masks isn’t to protect yourself — it’s as much about protecting people around you, which masks can be effective for. Americans aren’t used to thinking about doing things mainly to protect others that don’t benefit them, though, so people either don’t understand it or simply dismiss it outright.

  29. The CDC recently said that for every known case of COVID-19 there are 10 others that are infected. If this is the case then we are over 20 million infected and climbing. If you want to save the economy, do the social distancing and wear the damn mask. It is easy to do, and it is just that simple.

  30. Mask wearing should be encouraged but the stat to pay attention to is daily deaths, not cases. Mask wearing is unlikely to have much of an immediate impact on confirmed cases as testing continues to increase & penetrate. Most areas of the U.S. still do not have easy convenient testing or mandatory employer or school related testing. That is rapidly changing & the side effect of that is we’re going to continue to see an uptick in confirmed cases as many asymptomatic & mild cases get confirmed.

  31. It’s quite simple. People not wearing masks is why a 2-3 week disease is still here after 2-3 months…

  32. kingbags says:
    June 30, 2020 at 8:27 am
    A massive 500% increase in testing is responsible for the uptick in cases. Deaths have continued to drop. Testing has increased 500% since April but daily cases have increased only 29% while daily deaths are down 84% & have continued to drop.

    ———————————————————————-

    You forgot to include in that the percent of positive tests have rose dramatically and hospitals in many states are nearing capacity. When you run out of hospital beds, you leave people to die, period! And deaths laf surges by 3 to 5 weeks, Mid July unfortunately will be a bad time in covid 19 history.

  33. PLEASE STOP making this political and take it seriously, or this will keep getting worse. You can’t shout away a virus and pretend it’s not real. There is more to life than denying science in hopes that your favorite politician gets re-elected. Be an American FIRST.

    Thank You.

  34. Pretty soon we are going to be required to wear NASA Space suits 24 hours a day . If LA Mayor Garcetti had it his way , he would make them mandatory already…geez!

  35. Testing is NOT causing the huge uptick in cases. The virus doesn’t care about tests. The hospitals are not filling up to capacity in Florida and Texas because of more testing. People go to the hospital when they have severe symptoms…period.

    Until we have a vaccine or a cure, wearing a mask is the most important thing that we can do as a country. It’s not a political statement. The countries that focused on wearing masks, isolating and contact tracing are all opening up and are all seeing a reduced positive rate for the tests.

    Be a good citizen and help yourself and all of us…Wear a mask. It really isn’t a big sacrifice.

  36. Sports team using their powers for good. More teams/coaches need to be saying things like this

  37. The problem it was made political from day one. When the CDC put out the “recommendation” that people should wear masks, a wave of Democratic politicians immediately threw in mandatory requirements to wear one. Meanwhile the president said it was “voluntary.” So now you have a political divide that has only continued to widen and continue to get worse.

    What would have been more productive at the start was to focus on voluntary masks and continue to encourage the scientific reasons for it. And then continue to pressure it without a mandatory restriction. Maybe even encourage businesses to do it. I know this would anger the mask mafia that wants this enforced with an iron fist. But the rush to make everything mandatory and bring down hammers on any resistance has only encouraged further resistance. It’s like the more you tell a kid not to do something the more they are going to do it. It’s psychology. There is no way to reverse this. The mask wearing has now become politically ingrained in a country that is politically tearing itself apart.

  38. The ones that say masks are a mind control device are the same ones that think the earth is flat. Let that sink in for a second.

  39. “Boomer remover”. It was a catch phrase when this all started, seems it’s back. Also one of our major political parties is profoundly anti science. America this is who we are(now).

  40. Back in the 80s when I was stationed in Japan, walking around the local city, even in Tokyo when I visited that city, it wasn’t uncommon to see people wearing a mask when they were sick. No one freaked out. It was normal.

  41. The “I’ll never wear a mask” crowd seems to fall into one of two categories. The young, college-aged bro’s and the older, middle-aged, where did the years go?, bro’s. I actually got into an argument the other day in a bar with a young kid who said, “No one will ever tell me to wear a mask!” It’s like they’re making it into a personal attack on their manhood or something. Nobody LIKES to wear a mask. No ONE will think less of you if you do wear a mask. Just WEAR a damn mask already! It’s not going to last forever.

  42. I need some help sorting this all out. First, the Saints are bad because Drew Brees spoke his mind. Now, they’re in the good graces of the woke-scolds because they have an ad out about wearing a mask.

  43. The United States accounts for 4% of the world population. The United States accounts for 25% of world covid deaths.

  44. This is probably the most controversial issue we have faced in this country in decades. Any action taken by any level of government can be criticized by those who disagree. If the President issues Federal orders he is a dictator. If he doesn’t he is weak and failing at his job. There is a thing called “States Rights” that says anything not specifically assigned to the executive branch in the constitution is left to the states. Which is where we have been with this pandemic. Different states handling the situation as their elected leaders deemed appropriate.

    At the outset of this pandemic there was a lot of disinformation circulating around about COVID 19. Not sure we are past that at this point. Unfortunately, we are so divided as a nation that this has almost become more of a political issue than a medical one. To be certain, there is a cost in human lives and suffering by shutting the country down (look at the numbers for depression, suicide, domestic violence and bankruptcy – if you can find anyone in the media who is honestly reporting them). There is also a cost associated with opening the country up fully as seen in the number of new cases being reported.

    It was to be expected that when states opened up there would be new cases as people began to interacted with each other. What we are seeing though is rise in cases but not in mortality rates. Italy has reported that the newer cases being treated are much weaker symptom wise than the ones at the beginning of the pandemic. We can only hope and pray that the virus is weakening.

    Going forward (and the key is to go forward) we need to continue to social distance, wear masks and use good common sense. It does no good to throw rocks at those who disagree with our points of view. After all, the greatness of America lies in the ability to freely express ones ideas without fear of being attacked by those who disagree. I fear that we have reached a tipping point where rational compromise is dying on the alter of political opportunism.

  45. radar8 says:
    June 30, 2020 at 12:14 pm
    People go to the hospital when they have severe symptoms…period.
    ——–

    Here’s a quote from an NPR article on June 26th titled “Florida Smashes Coronavirus Case Record: Nearly 9,000 Positive Cases On Thursday.”:

    “At Orlando Health, a large hospital system in Central Florida, Dr. Sunil Desai says of the cases they’re seeing, “The acuity is less, a lot less folks using or requiring mechanical ventilation or the severe presentations of COVID. We’re not seeing as much of that.”

  46. Coach Rivera has also big a big proponent of wearing masks. Props to him and Coach Payton. It is distressing that this easy to follow public health measure has become a political issue. It shouldn’t be. This is a matter of science, not ideology. Hard to fathom that we live in a society where most responsible leaders on a critical health issues are football coaches. God help us.

  47. This is probably the most controversial issue we have faced in this country in decades. Any action taken by any level of government can be criticized by those who disagree. If the President issues Federal orders he is a dictator. If he doesn’t he is weak and failing at his job. There is a thing called “States Rights” that says anything not specifically assigned to the executive branch in the constitution is left to the states. Which is where we have been with this pandemic. Different states handling the situation as their elected leaders deemed appropriate.

    At the outset of this pandemic there was a lot of disinformation circulating around about COVID 19. Not sure we are past that at this point. Unfortunately, we are so divided as a nation that this has almost become more of a political issue than a medical one. To be certain, there is a cost in human lives and suffering by shutting the country down (look at the numbers for depression, suicide, domestic violence and bankruptcy – if you can find anyone in the media who is honestly reporting them). There is also a cost associated with opening the country up fully as seen in the number of new cases being reported.

    It was to be expected that when states opened up there would be new cases as people began to interact with each other. What we are seeing though is rise in cases but not in mortality rates. Italy has reported that the newer cases being treated are much weaker symptom wise than the ones at the beginning of the pandemic. We can only hope and pray that the virus is weakening.

    Going forward (and the key is to go forward) we need to continue to social distance, wear masks and use good common sense. It does no good to throw rocks at those who disagree with our points of view. After all, the greatness of America lies in the ability to freely express ones ideas without fear of being attacked by those who disagree. Unfortunately, we have stopped teaching this in our institutions of higher learning as the younger generation seems to believe shouting down opposition is preferable to honest debate.

    I fear that we have reached a tipping point where rational compromise is dying on the alter of political opportunism.

  48. A doctor recently did a test with an oxygen meter. No mask, surgical mask a three layer cotton mask and an N95. And throughout her oxygen level never changed. So make all the excuses you want. Don’t wear a mask. Completely destroy what is left of our economy, and make sure there won’t be any sports. Those who make excuses and won’t wear a mask, I’m guessing your going to have better things to do with your time than watch football. Like going to hospital, possible intubation, scarring of your lungs, brain damage, Kidney damage, or being sick for weeks on end. I could certainly see where that would make your life exciting. JUST WEAR THE DAMN MASK!

  49. These wear the mask goofs would say if you were on the moon 238,000 miles from earth by yourself, you should wear one. Ridiculous. I don’t have it, no family members have it, no friends have it. Starting to wonder if it’s just made up. Pretty much mind over matter if you get it or not. Weak willed goofs get it easily I’m sure.

  50. ThenCameBronson says:
    June 30, 2020 at 3:08 pm
    The “I’ll never wear a mask” crowd seems to fall into one of two categories. The young, college-aged bro’s and the older, middle-aged, where did the years go?, bro’s. I actually got into an argument the other day in a bar with a young kid who said, “No one will ever tell me to wear a mask!” It’s like they’re making it into a personal attack on their manhood or something. Nobody LIKES to wear a mask. No ONE will think less of you if you do wear a mask. Just WEAR a damn mask already! It’s not going to last forever.

    Well, I do view it as an attack on my manhood….mask wearers are the same ilk wrecking cities and tearing down statues.

  51. loganryanspick6 says:
    June 30, 2020 at 11:02 am
    I saw a gal with 3 little children under 5, and in third trimester pregnancy, coming out of Walmart, and not a single mask!

    I just don’t get it.

    Because she isn’t a mindless sheep, that’s why.

  52. Wow. I’ve honestly never seen anyone NOT wearing a mask in public since the outbreak hit us. Most businesses won’t even allow you inside if you aren’t wearing one, per their signs. But then, that’s just the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area. No idea what it’s like in other cities and states, except for what I read. Whether it’s a lucky coincidence or it’s due to the masks that we’ve been keeping the spread fairly low around here, I don’t know.

  53. loganryanspick6 says:
    June 30, 2020 at 11:02 am
    I saw a gal with 3 little children under 5, and in third trimester pregnancy, coming out of Walmart, and not a single mask!

    I just don’t get it.
    _——–
    Children 3 or under should not wear a mask. 3 -12 is optional, as per CDC. Mom however is not exempt.

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  54. tahnoonzee says:
    July 1, 2020 at 1:46 am”
    Basically the Saints support the scamdemic.”
    ///////////////////
    so, the 512,000 deaths worldwide…they’re all martyrs to the conspiracy?

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