Coronavirus

#62
I think it's the case in Ex-Czechoslovakia with masks. But it's causing a feeling of false security (if you're wearing it) and of excessive vulnerability (if everybody wears it except you).

In some parts of Asia it's even part of the culture to wear it, as a result it's causing stigma towards those who aren't, although it feels like the opposite in the western world — if you see someone with a mask you'd assume he's either contaminated or some sort of scrubless outdoor surgeon
 
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#63
to be honest, this is why I feel the infection rates will continue to go around, because americans and western countries are not use to pandemics such as these, I fear this will be the new norm.
 
#76
While this doesn't directly impact me too much as I am home almost all the time, I am feeling a general concern about how some of the extreme views are playing off each other.

What I mean is, I feel you will turn on the news and learn about this person or that person not taking things seriously. People having parties or purposely disobeying suggestions made by medical professionals. Then the next day, the news will tell a story about a person who did this or that to a person because they weren't "following the rules". Sending an aggressive note shaming them, or slashing a person's tires because it appears they are not quarantining.

I'd like to think these things are largely isolated instances, but I'm not sure. And I fear that, like so many things in the world, people are going to feel the need to push themselves to one extreme or the other. It's either "Everyone is making way too big a deal of this and going crazy" or "Everyone is taking this way too casually and threatening the welfare of the world". And the fact that a lot of people are scared, stressed, and, frankly, I think very bad at being by themselves without structure or something productive to occupy their time with is only making this worse. And to deal with those issues, it is so much easier to push it onto other people. It's their fault. I'm doing fine. They're ruining things. And the more time people have to stew in these negative feelings towards others in the state of limbo we are currently in, the more I fear the feelings will get hotter and hotter and continue to lead to hateful and irrational responses.
 
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hangbi92

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#79
I don't know if anyone feels the same but I have felt less socially anxious recently when going out because I have an excuse to wear mask to cover my face and also the streets are emptier than before. I also do not feel as bad staying at home too much as before because everyone else is doing the same. Not that I want this to last forever, I wish it would go back the old way too but I feel like it can be some kind of blessing in disguise for people with social anxiety? What do you think?
 

LoyalXenite

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#80
I don't know if anyone feels the same but I have felt less socially anxious recently when going out because I have an excuse to wear mask to cover my face and also the streets are emptier than before. I also do not feel as bad staying at home too much as before because everyone else is doing the same. Not that I want this to last forever, I wish it would go back the old way too but I feel like it can be some kind of blessing in disguise for people with social anxiety? What do you think?
I find myself more stressed, in part because Im in the at risk group if I catch it. But also because I just get so frustrated with people panic buying all the supplies that just going out at all is more stressful than usual
 
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