By Richard Rost 16 months ago
Masks. Essential For Everyone!
I don't often post non-computer related items here on my web site, but I feel that this topic is of particular important today during this COVID-19 pandemic.
I see a lot of people arguing about whether or not everyone should be required to wear masks. Regardless of your political viewpoints, the SCIENCE is very simple and not in dispute by real scientists and health professionals: everyone should wear a mask.
This is mostly to protect OTHER PEOPLE in case you are infected. Remember this virus can be in your system (and you could be spreading it) for up to a week before you are even symptomatic.
Once again: YOU CAN SPREAD IT WITHOUT KNOWING YOU'RE INFECTED.
If you walk into a room and sneeze or cough and you're carrying the virus, you just spread it around the room. Wearing a mask cuts this down tremendously.
The image to the right says it all. If both people wear a mask and "social distance" then you cut the chance of spreading the infection tremendously.
Now, there are a ton of good videos on YouTube from doctors, scientists, and health professionals who back what I'm saying, and I will take the word of these people before I'll listen to any politician or pundit.
Watch this video: Here's What Masks Actually Do. A Doctor Explains.
A great article backed by scientific research: Masks Help Stop the Spread of Coronavirus - The Science is Simple.
Plus, even though you aren't fully protected yourself while wearing a mask, it's still better to have one on because you will reduce the amount of virus you come in contact with. Your "viral load" will be a lot lower if you have a mask on. If someone sneezes on you, a lot of the virus will be trapped in the mask. And this makes a HUGE difference in how easily your body can fight off the infection. If you get a ton of the virus in your system at once, bye bye. If the mask stops a lot of it and you are only exposed to a little, your body can fight it off easier.
OK, that's all I have to say. I welcome your comments below. Again, this is a non-computer issue, but it's a SCIENCE issue, so it falls under the realm of education, and what else am I here for, but to try to educate folks and help you learn.
"N95 masks, medical masks, and homemade masks made of four‐layer kitchen paper and one‐layer cloth could block 99.98%, 97.14%, and 95.15% of the virus in aerosols." https://tinyurl.com/y6yz8ekl
"Widespread utilization of face masks combined with social distancing increases the odds of SARS-CoV-2 transmission control." https://tinyurl.com/y2r7vug7
"Our findings provided valuable details of pre-symptomatic patient mask-wearing and restriction of mass gathering in congested spaces particularly, are important interventions to mitigate the SARS-CoV-2 transmission." https://tinyurl.com/y3thej24
"In community settings, however, cloth masks may be used to prevent community spread of infections by sick or asymptomatically infected persons, and the public should be educated about their correct use." https://tinyurl.com/y4kk3f6k
"Nonetheless, the evidence suggests that masks and other face coverings are effective in stopping larger droplets, which, although fewer in number compared to the smaller droplets and nuclei, constitute a large fraction of the total volume of the ejected respiratory fluid.**" https://tinyurl.com/y45mv59c
"In addition to providing an initial indication of the effectiveness of protective equipment, the visuals used in this study can help convey to the general public the rationale behind social-distancing guidelines and recommendations for using face masks." https://tinyurl.com/y45mv59c
"In conclusion, in healthy subjects, short‐term moderate‐strenuous aerobic physical activity with a mask is feasible, safe, and associated with only minor changes in physiological parameters..." https://tinyurl.com/yxm9pevj
"These results do not support claims that wearing nonmedical face masks in community settings is unsafe." https://tinyurl.com/yxcv68vx
I can't believe it's February of 2021, almost a year after the pandemic started, and people are still arguing whether or not masks work. They do. The science is in. Stop being selfish and wear a mask if you go out into public. It's not to protect YOU. It's to protect everyone else in case you're infected. SMH!