Comic 1684 - Faux Pas

10th Feb 2021, 12:00 AM
Faux Pas
Average Rating: 5 (15 votes)
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Ryu Santos 10th Feb 2021, 12:38 AM edit delete reply

When covid-19 finishes running its course; we better not get this anal about touching each other. I hate not being able to shake hands or share hug with my friends.
Sam 10th Feb 2021, 1:12 AM edit delete reply
I wanna keep "wearing masks when sick" though.
Lurker314 10th Feb 2021, 2:11 AM edit delete reply
Masks are FAR more useful in keeping the germs in with you than keeping the ones cruising in the air away from you.

I've favored population masking up any time the flu gets a bit wild in an area since SARS.

You can guess what my view of the CDC about twelve months ago was...
robnot 10th Feb 2021, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
i'm more of a Llama ,, "No Touchy!".. an hand shakes,, "i gotta smash your hand." to prove i have more testosterone.. o.0
masks,, i was wearing before this,, but i will still wear after,, people stink.!.. some "soak, bathe, marinate." in perfume/cologne.. and some have no concept of soap...
Some Ed 10th Feb 2021, 9:56 AM edit delete reply
The problem with reactive masking is that most infectious diseases have a period before symptoms while they're contagious. COVID is special in that it has a much longer period than most.

That said, post COVID, I'll probably mostly just mask up for going outside during flu/cold season. That's an especially good time for it, because I find wearing a mask in cold weather works better than a scarf.
sigpig 10th Feb 2021, 12:08 PM edit delete reply

Without getting into specific research papers, masking has had many other benefits than to dampen the transmission of COVID.
This is the normal "peak" time for the Flu season in my neck of the woods, and the LACK of cases is significant. Turns out that basic hygiene (hand washing especially) and masks (preferably 3-layer with a medical-grade interior layer) prevent communicable diseases? Who would have thought?
I have co-morbidities. I am extremely careful whenever I leave the house. I mask up when I get a package/food delivery. I carry masks when I walk my dog, in case I get too close to others.

I have been medically released from my military career, and had NOT BEEN ALLOWED to go to my workplace since mid-March of last year by my doctor. In fact, I would have been in the absolute last group of people to return to the office. I was an admin on secure networks, so while I was technically "working from home", I wasn't able to do the day-to-day work I normally did.
This pandemic has actually opened up a few different doors than I would have thought possible. Many (if not most) companies in my area are now mostly (and in the case of Shopify, entirely, since they sold their corporate HQ) home-office. We can learn a LOT from artists who's work place have traditionally been their own homes on how to cope with things.
mentalwasteland 11th Feb 2021, 10:02 AM edit delete reply
I used to work in Japan on a regular basis. Anywhere on public transit you would occasionally see someone wearing a mask to keep from spreading germs to others. That was years ago.
Morituri 12th Feb 2021, 11:22 PM edit delete reply
One of the known symptoms of Covid-19 is the loss of the sense of smell.

I have been noticing, on the occasions when I'm out, that a large number of people smell worse than usual.

I have been assuming, out of an abundance of caution, that stinking and not seeming to know it most likely signifies that someone is infected.

I miss faces. People used to have faces. They could see each other smile. But, save for my wife, I've seen no one's face in person for a year now. I've seen them only on TV, or through glass, or whatever. When they're only seen at one remove, I feel a growing unease that somehow they are not real faces any more.

It's as though some incomprehensible aliens came in the night and stole everyone's face.
Some Ed 5th Apr 2021, 8:59 AM edit delete reply
Microscopic organisms are indeed pretty incomprehensible. They may have been around us all of our lives, but we don't actually *see* them, so they're pretty alien to us.

So, yes, actually, they did.
Sheela 10th Feb 2021, 1:05 AM edit delete reply

Well, this one aged very well, like fine wine, really. 😀
mjkj 10th Feb 2021, 1:12 AM edit delete reply

Surprise, Ophie...

*lol* fiction gets caught up in reality... =P
DLKmusic 10th Feb 2021, 1:29 AM edit delete reply

For the record, I like my mask... It hides my Ugly!
megados 10th Feb 2021, 6:07 AM edit delete reply

Re: alt text, That's an interesting convention in NT. The no-touch part, coupled with the lack of masks and distancing suggest to me that their "Oblivion Pandemic" didn't have so much of the airborne transmissive component the and mostly spread through contact.

Great world-building, showing the differences of social conventions in different places, while also character development at the same time!
Marcus Ramesy 11th Feb 2021, 1:52 PM edit delete reply

In soviet russia... COVID catches Russians......
Gilrandir 10th Feb 2021, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
Mask not to keep safe from Your Country. Rather, mask to keep Your Countrymen safe from you!
megados 10th Feb 2021, 11:39 AM edit delete reply

Good one, @Gilrandir!
chk 11th Feb 2021, 9:22 AM edit delete reply

From the book of Kennedy/Fauci
DLKmusic 11th Feb 2021, 2:11 PM edit delete reply

I approve of this message, socially distanced!
sigpig 10th Feb 2021, 12:11 PM edit delete reply

Re: Plague.

Was it because too many people...discorporate...while watching the movie "Oblivion"?
jawbone 13th Feb 2021, 3:04 PM edit delete reply

My favorite in-print use of "discorporate" was in Stranger in a Strange Land.
sigpig 14th Feb 2021, 12:31 PM edit delete reply

Which is exactly why I used the term. I figured a few of us on here would grok...
KarToon12 10th Feb 2021, 3:45 PM edit delete reply

Well, at least New Troy doesn't have to wear masks everywhere anymore. That's something, I guess.
Rashala 11th Feb 2021, 12:05 AM edit delete reply

More plagues sheesh extreme social distancing is crazy
Gilrandir 11th Feb 2021, 2:42 AM edit delete reply
Did we ever see anyone in Nova Roma greet anyone with a handshake? I am not recalling any incidence before now that suggests the gesture is considered polite or commonplace there.
megados 11th Feb 2021, 8:01 AM edit delete reply

I don't remember any "on camera" examples of it, or really any anecdotes told, either. This is the only on camera situation I'm aware of. Of course I may have missed something, or simply disremembered it.
DLKmusic 11th Feb 2021, 2:14 PM edit delete reply

"Jeff" will uncategorically testify that Ophelia has zero problems grabbing peoples hands... or in his case, elbow...
Gilrandir 11th Feb 2021, 2:40 PM edit delete reply
Lots of examples of people punching people. Even New Trojans like Dolly and Lynn punch total strangers when provoked, so “Jeff” is hardly a special case.
DLKmusic 11th Feb 2021, 5:45 PM edit delete reply

I need to work on my delivery it seems. My Jokes are falling pretty flat!

Gilrandir 11th Feb 2021, 8:10 PM edit delete reply
Hey, I can appreciate the joke and find it thought-provoking and comment-worthy.

If you want delivery, you need to get Samanta to tell your jokes. In the current environment, the best deliveries are by Amazon. ^_^
Lurker314 11th Feb 2021, 11:50 PM edit delete reply
Just how IS old rape-face doing? Maybe we should have a check in...
sigpig 14th Feb 2021, 12:34 PM edit delete reply

There was ONE NT entity that used a rather...enjoyable...method of introducing herself in NR. That STILL ended up with the other person unconscious, though... lol
Hoppy 12th Feb 2021, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
It’s probably very hard to render a convincing hand shake.
Gilrandir 12th Feb 2021, 11:51 PM edit delete reply
I suspect you are right, @Happy. But @Centcomm does all sorts of pixel magic to make the "very hard" look easy -- and good. ^_^
DLKmusic 13th Feb 2021, 10:28 PM edit delete reply

@Gilrandir: amen to that. She's done some brilliant work!
megados 14th Feb 2021, 7:01 AM edit delete reply

Oh, she definitely has the ways to make stuff work!
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