Originally Posted by markmon1
No, not "problem solved". The virus still manages to spread in countries (like in Asia) where everyone always wears masks. So masks help but are not a complete solution. The carrying a gun example doesn't seem like a good match here. Someone carrying a gun can decide whether or not to use it. The COVID virus is transmitted via asymptomatic people that have no control over whether or not they're spreading it.
I don't think you read my whole post.... But, fine, stop there...I further clarified the solution needs to be bigger than just "masks".
At this point, I'll question "why don't the masks work" because for my solution to "work" "designer masks" (which, may be more than just whatever masks they wear in Asia) need to be effective against viral transmission and certified as such.
Now, people still need to be careful with their hand-to-face disorders. But, that's on them; learn not to touch crap and put your hands in your mouth or rub your eyes. Last I checked, being able to do that (a habit that I, myself, have a hard time breaking) isn't exactly a guaranteed right, either.
In fact, I'll lose the safety of touching my face with dirty hands (something I can control) before I'll lose the right to control what I put in my body, thanks!
But, let's see if preventing transmission through air (designer masks) and behavioral changes (sorry, brah, you may need to learn to control your face-hand issues or get your vaccine on) is sufficient. How else can these viruses spread? Blood -- well, HIV doesn't require me to stay at home. Reproductive fluids...humm, same. I don't know of any that leak through the skin, yet.
So...pretty much, it's hand-to-face and breathing it in that we need to "protect" against. Best I can tell, we've taken care of the other transmission mechanisms with pre-existing laws. Like: don't put your reproductive fluid in someone that doesn't want it and try not to stick them with something they don't want to be stuck with, especially not if that something has your blood on it -- these things tend to be illegal already.
, breathing and sneezing on people isn't illegal and often happens accidentally in proximity of others.