"We don’t see op-eds that ask whether people really need to keep 6 feet away, …or that cast doubt on … bouts of handwashing that are 20 seconds long. But when it comes to covering our faces, a scholarly hyper-rigor has been applied."
When people say there's not enough evidence for personal use of face masks in this pandemic, they're probably applying a scientific double standard: my first piece in
Excellent piece by on the back-and forth debate over face masks, but not over physical distancing rules (or hand washing), and why we ask for "extra-special proof when a practice doesn’t fit our preconceived ideas" via
OK here's a good question. Why are we insisting on rigorous evidence for masks, but not hand-washing (for 20 seconds) or distancing (at 6 feet)? asks in . via
“the double standard about masks has less to do with science than a cultural difference over how we respond to pandemics” Well said, by ⁦⁩ in ⁦
Excellent article on the usefullness to wear masks for all, by in
No one complained about the lack of evidence for 20-second hand-washing. So why did we treat face masks differently? #Masks4All now to #FlattenTheCurve
Thought this quote from the article was a great summary of this pandemic: “...we have consistently underestimated this virus, while overestimating our own ability to deal with it.” The Face Mask Debate Reveals a Scientific Double Standard -⁦
This article from starts out by pointing out some real paradoxes plaguing The Great Mask Debate of 2020: " We don’t see op-eds that ask whether people really need to keep 6 feet away from each other on the street, as opposed to 3 feet."
No one complained about the lack of evidence for 20-second hand-washing. So why did we treat face masks differently? Interesting analysis from
Essential on the mask double standard. Lots to think about here
The Face Mask Debate Reveals a Scientific Double Standard | a really helpful and important article #COVIDー19 .#facemasks
The Face Mask Debate Reveals a Scientific Double Standard: No one complained about the lack of evidence for 20-second hand-washing. So why did we treat face masks differently? via
…I don’t believe that opposition is really because of insufficient RCTs. If that was the standard, there would be contention about whether & how far to stand apart, whether & how to wash hands (& how often) & even PPE in hospitals … 4/9
13/ As points out in this piece in , double standards have been applied by some people discussing the evidence for hand washing and for face masks
“We often ask for extra-special proof when a practice doesn’t fit our preconceived ideas.” ⁦⁩ on the great face mask debate
No one complained about the lack of evidence for 20-second hand-washing. So why did we treat face masks differently? We often ask for extra-special proof when a practice doesn’t fit our preconceived ideas. That is all too common; scientists aren’t immune.