On Mon, 12 Oct 2020 13:46:06 -0700 (PDT), James Christophers
Post by James Christophers Post by Tony
Worth remembering that our experts struggled with the notion of wearing masks
at the beginning.
And the CDC say they don't work.
A GP friend tells me that the most significant protection to be had from masks recommended for general use is that they block or at least reduce the explosive force of a cough or sneeze from a virus victim - i.e. their intended primary function is to help protect the clean from the unclean, not the other way round. As to masks becoming contaminated by the wearer's exhalations etc., a quick dampening, not soaking, of the mask with a 70/30 mix of isopropyl alcohol and water from a discarded household spray bottle between wearings enables re-use.
However, advising the infected to wear a mask to protect others obviously depends on their infection being already detected, so it's plain that asymptomatic carriers and pre-symptomatic victims remain at large to do their unholy work.
The same GP tells me that throughout last winter, the number of patrons presenting with colds and other respiratory ailments has been at an all-time low, social distancing in whatever form having undoubtedly been the common preventative factor.
Thanks James. Interesting that some individuals were making masks out
of other than cotton cloth - and there have been a number of articles
on alternatives :
Those that sew often have different fabrics; I recall one comment
being that the synthetic fabrics were easier to wash and more
comfortable, but in those early days of lockdown different fabrics
were not readily available anyway.
My observation is that wearing a mask tends to also lead to some
greater physical distancing, which was always part of the intent of