Derek Thompson+ Your Authors @DKThomp Writer at @TheAtlantic. Host of podcast CRAZY/GENIUS. Author of book HIT MAKERS. Talker on NPR's @hereandnow and @CBSNews. derek[at]theatlantic[dot]com May. 15, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

The BBC is still advising against public mask usage because (direct quote) masks "can be contaminated by other people's coughs and sneezes."

Got that? Don't wear a mask, because it might keep other ppl's disease from getting inside your mouth. 

"don't do this thing that will make you safer, because it might make you FEEL safer, and that's dangerous" is such weird public health messaging

just ... use the word "and"

wear masks AND also wash your hands. use a seatbelt AND drive carefully. "and" is your friend!

Same logic leads to:

Hand washing reduces transmission.

But there's also airborne transmission.

Oh god, what if hand-washing gives ppl a false sense of security?

Alright, new rule: Don't wash your hands.

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