Face mask police
theHating: Am I the only one here who thinks this shift in sentiment toward the face mask issue is giving non-essential businesses a false sense of security?
theHating: And breath hangs around and goes further than 6 feet.
So it just seems like wearing a facemask and expecting it not to end up inside your mask is like swimming in shit and expecting the inside of your speedo to be dry.
Dimjim55: I once saw a buddy of mine sneeze as he walked away into the sun in a covered loading area in a warehouse so he was silhouetted. I saw a huge plume surround him like 15 foot in every direction. It was scarey
theHating: The face mask police claim face masks are the only thing that slows down the spread, apparently forgetting all about social distancin, testing, contact tracing.
And as for handwashing, the only soap I trust is napalm.
theHating: I wonder how many children under 2 are going to suffocate from their masks or be strangled to death by the face mask police
I remember going to work with a mask ON, being shamed, called names, told I was paranoid, and now those same people are shaming people for not wearing a mask.
What else is new
Angry Beaver: https://thehill.com/policy/transportation/492268-man-not-wearing-a-mask-forcibly-removed-from-bus-by-police-in-philly
Dimjim55: some interesting reading,thank you https://thehill.com/changing-america/well-being/prevention-cures/489296-how-well-are-people-in-your-county-social
EdwardKing: A well-fitted, properly donned N95+ (N95, N99, N100, P100 (all USA ratings)) mask/respirator will definitely greatly reduce the likelihood of the wearer intaking droplets and suspended virus particles.
There are limitations to the foregoing statement, namely, the "well-fitted properly donned" bit. Many people will not fit test their masks, and will re-use them after cramming them into tight pockets or stuffing them into a purse (both very terrible ideas; deforms the mask and spreads contamination into the pockets/purses).
Another consideration for N95+ masks is that the ones with exhalation "cool-flow" valves on the front will allow an infected wearer to share their virus laden breath with everyone else. Therefore, their use should be discouraged for all wearers other than known recovered survivors of the virus who no longer test positive, or by those who have been inoculated with a vaccine.
The face coverings of cloth are like an N50 or N75 equivalent rating (if such ratings even exist), and they catch some of the virus particles during inhalation. But the virus will follow the path of least resistance, and be attracted to air intake at the sides of the mask which are the least form-fitting, which is common in a cloth home-made mask.
(Edited by EdwardKing)
If the masks work why are businesses closed?
If the masks don't work why are we required to wear them?
EdwardKing: "If the masks work why are businesses closed?" - Wild__
Well there are main 4 reasons:
1. There is a huge shortage of affordable effective masks. There are not enough for effective, wide-spread mask use to be practical.
2. Effective and appropriate masks which are worn, fit-tested and handled properly will "work" but the tendency of the average person to be adequately vigilant and responsible is very low.
3. Accurate information regarding mask use and handling protocol is not being overtly and widely provided. Yes, you can look in these forums and research YouTube, but the average person is either not interested or don not know that they need to know. In the thinking of the leaders, opening up society would result in infection spreading from careless mask use and handling.
4. Government bodies who make rules, laws, regulations and make executive orders regarding what can and can't be done during a pandemic are giant, slow-moving, politically motivated organizations which are not staffed by the brightest minds among us. In the USA, the restrictions are thought by many to be against our national Constitution. The courts will determine if that is true.
"If the masks don't work why are we required to wear them?" -- Wild__
See #4 above.