Remember the Cold War and the safety drill we practiced at school? If the USSR fired a bunch of nuclear missiles at us, we kids would duck under our desks and curl up in a ball. There, we would wait until our teacher gave us the “all clear” alert at which time we could come out from under our desk and resume the school day.
Was this a true safety precaution that would keep us alive if a nuke hit the sandbox and swing set just outside the classroom? Probably not. It was an exercise in “feelgoodery”, an act of social soothing to give us a false reassurance that we could survive a missile attack, which is common sense because the only place where a nuclear war didn’t apply was under our classroom desk.
If nuclear war came, we were toast and no better than a tube of Pringles. The best we could hope for is an archaeologist to dig out our ash effigies like the poor pyroclastic surge sods at Pompeii. Duck & Cover is as effective as Stop Drop & Roll, in that neither will save us from the nuclear fire.
It’s false reassurance. So read up on face mask effectiveness and the C19 virus. I’ve never been a fan of mandated feelgoodery and I’ll publicly wear a smile on my face as proof of concept.
What do Duck & Cover, Stop Drop & Roll, and C19 Face Masks have in common?