Let the lying lips be mute,
Which speak arrogantly against the righteous
With pride and contempt.
This is from a study that the CDC is relying on for its mandate to wear a mask. The abstract of this study is available as a reference on the CDC webpage concerning mask wear. Here is its conclusion:
"IMPORTANCE: Airborne simulation experiments showed that cotton masks, surgical masks, and N95 masks provide some protection from the transmission of infective SARS-CoV-2 droplets/aerosols; however, medical masks (surgical masks and even N95 masks) could not completely block the transmission of virus droplets/aerosols even when sealed."
Understand that this is a study conducted under the highly controlled conditions in a laboratory and that despite their best efforts even the N-95 RESPIRATOR (which is not a "mask" but rather a respiratory protective device regulated by OSHA and as such it requires special training to ensure its proper fit and use) does not completely prevent the spread of COVID. The original edict from the CDC that we should all wear a “mask” to prevent the spread of COVID-19 was made without the scientific basis to support it.
In fact, the CDC and the entire medical community understands that those blue paper masks are intended to prevent large droplets from spreading from a coughing, sneezing healthcare worker or anyone else who is coughing or hacking. Period. That’s it.
And that is why despite everyone in Kroger or Ralphs or Publix or Aldi or where ever people have gathered wearing a blue paper mask or their t-shirt over their nose and mouth, we still as a nation experienced a spike in COVID cases.
Here are some numbers to help you understand why those masks don’t prevent the spread of COVID from a person who is not severely symptomatic and may not even realize that they are sick.
One micrometer = 0.0000039 inches. A droplet from a sneeze or cough is large, 5 micrometers or larger. A typical bacteria is about 1 X 5 micrometers, COVID-17 is about 0.06-0.14 micrometers in diameter. 0.06 micrometers = 0.000000236 inches. It is very small. So small that a single virus particle or lots of single virus particle will slip right through that mask.
This was shown in a study by a group of investigators from Virginia Tech who found that the surgical mask was capable of filtering fewer that 60% of particles in the size range of a COVID-19 particle. Other fabrics were not much better. EVEN at the size of a bacteria surgical masks allowed about 30% of the particle through the mask.
The CDC had this data as they continued to push mask wear. When we experienced another peak in cases the CDC blamed it on us. We just weren’t wearing masks as we should.
The CDC’s solution?
Wear two masks.
As of yesterday (2/16/2021) 27, 540,885 people in the US tested positive for COVID-19. Of those 478,259 (1.7%) have died. We know that at least half or possibly as many as 90% of those who died had a pre-existing, severe, life threatening illness.
COVID is real. COVID is not fun. I know this because I'm one of the 98.3% who survived.
I know exactly where I contracted it and it wasn't from being maskless at Kroger. AND when you have covid you're not going anywhere for a few days. If you do --- shame on you.