Masks Are Good
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You can tell the crisis is serious because the NYT has published an op-ed by a woman that is useful, needs to be said, and isn’t about her hair, thus undermining the Opinion Page’s 8-year-long campaign to make women look like self-absorbed ditzes by publishing mostly the ditziest women.

Why Telling People They Don’t Need Masks Backfired

To help manage the shortage, the authorities sent a message that made them untrustworthy.

By Zeynep Tufekci
Dr. Tufekci is a professor of information science who specializes in the social effects of technology.

March 17, 2020

… Fifth, places like Hong Kong and Taiwan that jumped to action early with social distancing and universal mask wearing have the pandemic under much greater control, despite having significant travel from mainland China. Hong Kong health officials credit universal mask wearing as part of the solution and recommend universal mask wearing. In fact, Taiwan responded to the coronavirus by immediately ramping up mask production.

Taiwan will be manufacturing ten million masks per day by the end of this week.

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