Thursday, July 09, 2020

Do you want me to wear this mask?

Some people chant “just wear a dam mask”. Do you want me to wear my N95 mask? N95s are designed to protect the wearer, not others. Not all N95s are the same; some even have a one-way valve, so that exhaling is not filtered at all. I have two N95s. Are you safe if I wear them?

Historically masks have been designed to stop the exhalation of bacteria. The Wuhan virus is much smaller - about 1/10. Fast Company I could wear a bandana and give the appearance of wearing a mask when there are only 2 thin layers of cloth. I doubt that protects either the wearer or others, but it looks like you did something. If you know of research on the efficacy of bandanas tell me. Do you want me to wear a bandana?

What's the science? What Anthony Fauci said in February? -- A mask won't protect you. -- Or what he says now?

I wear a mask as required. When I enter a business the mask goes on one step before and one step after exiting. Outside fresh air and vitamin D help more than filtering air when no one is near.  When doing my daily one-hour walk I carry a mask to put on when I encounter fearful people, I mean, when 6 feet cannot be maintained. (Some people refuse to allow me 6 feet.) Recently in Edmonds by a construction site the sidewalk was defined by barriers too high to cross. When people approached I put on my mask.

The mask show: Our governor is getting better at it. He shows up wearing a mask, then gets caught taking it off when he is off camera. He doesn't get caught so often now. It appears It's just a show to Gov. Jay!!

I don’t think any one-line chant applies to maximizing the health of the public in this difficult situation. Wear what mask and when, based on science?