If you’ve followed me at all these last 6 months you’ll know that I was early to speak to the BJJ community about taking Covid-19 seriously, helped publish guidelines for safely re-opening academies during and after the pandemic, and have continued to try and engage people about this topic on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
As a trained biologist with 2 degrees and 15 years of experience, and a firefighter who has specialised in hazmat for the last 14 years, I’ve been deep into the research about how masks may protect you and, more importantly, protect other people.
The potential upside of wearing a mask is so high and the downside is so low that it’s a total no-brainer to me that we should wear them in affected areas, especially when indoors or in close proximity to others. (If you think wearing a mask is a hardship and you’re not an end-stage emphysema patient then you’ve never really known hardship.)
So I am VERY confused by the resistance to wearing masks in public settings, especially indoors.
To understand this resistance I talked to Mitch Lerner, a professor of American history at Ohio State University, about the history of the US response to pandemics in the 20th century.
We start out by talking about the anti-mask organisations that formed during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, and then went on to other topics including the differing opinions about how much government control is acceptable in our lives.
The video of this chat is immediately below, and I include links to the audio-only format below that…
Option 1: My Conversation with Mitch Lerner in Video Form
Option 2: Stream the Audio of The Strenuous Life Podcast Episode 275 on this Page
This version might be good if you’ve got limited bandwidth and don’t want to watch the video…
Option 3: Listen to the Podcast using any Major Podcast Player or App
You can also listen to every episode of The Strenuous Life Podcast (including this one) on phone-based podcast player apps, some of which you already have on your phone!
Here are the links to find the podcast on various players – today’s episode with Mitch Lerner is number 275…
- Apple Podcasts (the purple app on your iPhone)
- Google Podcasts (the new google podcast app)
- Spotify (it’s free)
- Google Play
My Frequently Answered Objections
Predictably the comments section of this youtube video immediately became a conspiratorial s***show. In fact I got the same objections so many times I added a gigantic sticky post right at the top of the comments section.
I hope it addresses some of the more frequently encountered objections