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The Mask Debacle

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This is a really good opinion piece on the mask charade. I’m in the camp it is political theatre.
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Recent days have witnessed the emergence of a new riftin our pandemic debate. Strikingly, this time the dispute is not just partisan, but also splittingthe Democratic Party. While Democratic governors appear to see where political winds are blowing, some blue cities are moving in the opposite direction. And many states that are dropping adult mask mandates are retaining them for kids, resulting in the absurd prospect of indefinite masking for a less vulnerable population for whom masks have more significantdownsides.

 

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It is time for the fat lady to take off her mask and sing!
 

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The fact that such an opinion piece seems relevant is a terrible indictment of US madness and overall blind compliance to a small bunch of evil gangsters .

As for kids wearing masks to protect them from a mild common cold -- near unbelievable.
 

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The fact that such an opinion piece seems relevant is a terrible indictment of US madness and overall blind compliance to a small bunch of evil gangsters .

As for kids wearing masks to protect them from a mild common cold -- near unbelievable.
What other countries are abusing their youth with mask like America?
 

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The masks are not the debacle ........... ignorance is. Give me liberty or give me death hmmmmmm

Yet so many that were waging war against smart health care in their last dying breath so to speak were
encouraging adoption of the mask. The death is painful must be similar to cancer.
 

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How well do face masks protect against COVID-19?​

Get answers to your questions about face masks, including how to use them properly.
By Mayo Clinic Staff

Can face masks help slow the spread of the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? Yes. Face masks combined with other preventive measures, such as getting vaccinated, frequent hand-washing and physical distancing, can help slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends masks for the general public. If you’re fully vaccinated and are in an area with a high number of new COVID-19 cases, the CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors in public and outdoors in crowded areas or when you are in close contact with unvaccinated people. People who haven’t been fully vaccinated should wear face masks indoors and outdoors where there is a high risk of COVID-19 transmission, such as crowded events or large gatherings.

The CDC says that you should wear the most protective mask possible that you'll wear regularly and that fits. Respirators such as nonsurgical N95s give the most protection. KN95s and medical masks provide the next highest level of protection. Cloth masks provide less protection. The CDC says that surgical N95 masks should be reserved for health care providers.
 

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Face Masks and COVID-19​

Protecting Yourself and Others

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Illustration of a man wearing a mask

To fight the spread of COVID-19, many places now require people to wear face masks. But the advice on wearing them has changed over the course of the pandemic. This has led some people to question: Do face masks even protect against COVID-19?

“Yes, absolutely,” says Dr. Adriaan Bax, a biophysicist at NIH. He has been testing how well different types of masks work. Masks, he explains, can help stop the spread of COVID-19 for a few reasons.

First, masks can trap fluid droplets that exit the mouth while you’re speaking. If you have COVID-19, these droplets contain virus that can be inhaled by others.

Bax and his colleagues have shown that just by talking, a person produces thousands of these little droplets every second. Speaking loudly or singing produces even more droplets.

Stopping droplets at the source is the easiest way to prevent the virus from spreading through the air. Wearing a mask can play a crucial role. Bax and colleagues have found that even a simple cloth mask can stop nearly all droplets produced during speech.

After droplets leave someone’s mouth, the water in them quickly evaporates. This causes the droplets to shrink. These shrunken droplets are called aerosols. They can float in the air for anywhere from minutes to hours. Once the virus is carried in such tiny aerosols, it becomes more difficult to stop.

Masks can also help protect the people wearing them. Studies have found that NIOSH-approved N95 respirators and KN95 masks block aerosols from entering the airway very effectively.* Surgical and cloth masks are less effective, but they still provide some protection. How well they work depends on the number of layers, choice of materials, and whether they’re worn properly.

Even if a mask doesn’t block all of the aerosols, it may still protect the wearer against severe disease. Severe COVID-19 tends to occur when virus gets into the lower airway and the lungs.

Wearing a mask may help the body clear out virus from the lower airway before it reaches the lungs. This is because, as Bax’s team has shown, wearing a mask traps the moisture that would otherwise escape when you exhale. This raises the amount of moisture in your airways (or the humidity).

Moisture is essential to promote the natural clearance process of the airways. This helps keep the lungs free of contamination by dust, pollutants, and viruses. Masks may aid this process by raising the humidity.

“Some may find wearing a mask uncomfortable, especially on hot and humid days. This is largely because of the humidifying effect. But this drawback is very minor compared to the benefit that masks offer,” says Bax.

For most people, cloth masks and surgical masks don’t interfere with normal breathing. Oxygen and carbon dioxide are much smaller than the respiratory droplets that carry the virus and pass easily through masks.

Masks work best when we all wear them. But with any mask, not all virus particles are blocked. That’s why it’s still important to stay a distance from others, generally about six feet. For tips on wearing masks, see the Wise Choices box.

And remember: Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others from the virus.
 

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Extra Layers Can Improve Face Masks' Effectiveness - AARP

https://www.aarp.org › double-masking-against-covid
Feb 11, 2021 — Layering a cloth mask over a disposable medical procedure mask significantly boosts your protection against the coronavirus by ensuring a ...


These Breathable Face Masks Won't Make You Feel Stuffy​

https://www.rollingstone.com › lifestyle › best-breathab...

Jan 29, 2022 — Furthermore, the CDC says that your reusable face mask should be made from“two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric,” and cloth masks ...


Face Masks Against COVID-19: An Evidence Review - Preprints​

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by J Howard · 2020 · Cited by 328 — Public mask wearing is most effective at stopping spread of the virus when compliance is high. The decreased transmissibility could substantially reduce the ...
 

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Yes, You Need to Use a Better Mask - Consumer Reports

https://www.consumerreports.org › face-coverings › us...
Jan 18, 2022 — A well-fitting respirator, such as an N95, will provide the highest level of protection against COVID-19 and is a reasonable choice for many ...

Two interesting sites :
https://www.epa.gov/sciencematters/...e-masks-disinfection-methods-against-covid-19

 

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This is a really good opinion piece on the mask charade. I’m in the camp it is political theatre.
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Recent days have witnessed the emergence of a new riftin our pandemic debate. Strikingly, this time the dispute is not just partisan, but also splittingthe Democratic Party. While Democratic governors appear to see where political winds are blowing, some blue cities are moving in the opposite direction. And many states that are dropping adult mask mandates are retaining them for kids, resulting in the absurd prospect of indefinite masking for a less vulnerable population for whom masks have more significantdownsides.


"I had a mask on. I sort of liked the way I looked. OK. I thought it was OK. It was a dark black mask, and I thought it looked OK. It looked like the Lone Ranger.”
-Donald Trump
 

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If you say so....

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Those look like men to me. At least they're out and proud about who they are and what they stand for, unlike the cuck boy racists on the Right. But go ahead and deny it so we can all have a good chuckle at a real man. 😂
 

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Those look like men to me. At least they're out and proud about who they are and what they stand for, unlike the cuck boy racists on the Right. But go ahead and deny it so we can all have a good chuckle at a real man. 😂
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