I am not trying to panic anyone, so don’t think that I am. We are too much like a herd of animals and spook with the best of them. I point to the empty shelves in most stores as a prime example of this behavior.
Some things don’t add up. I want this to get to the task force at the white house. Retweeting and sharing this with the hashtag #askbirx might do it.
Like all things unknown, the question about mask plagued me (pun intended). The reasons it bothered me were the ambiguities put forth by the ‘Presidents’ task force. Should the public be wearing a mask or other face-covering?
Tucker Carlson on Fox News was animate about the question as in his mind; it just made sense. Yes and no. They were not forthcoming with their reasoning.
Guess what, unless you can find the surgical kinds of masks the professionals use, you are wasting your time and money. They don’t want you to ‘find them’ as the healthcare workers need them more than you. That is part of the reason for the ambiguities, Tucker, here is the ‘rest of the story.’
The virus is too small to be seen with an ordinary microscope. Bacteria are visible with a compound microscope (barely), but a virus is not. A virus is about 100 to 120 nanometers or about a thousand times more massive than an atom. To keep that in perspective, they are much smaller than bacteria (which is a cell.) Bacteria are ten times smaller than a normal human cell.
Using this analogy might make more sense to you. If the virus were a coin, it might be the size of a dime and the bacteria the size of a platter. The holes in your scarf, or weave of the fabric, would look like a football field to the virus. Got it?
Now, if you understand that, you can take a magnifying glass and see the holes in the weave of your scarf or bandana. A mask used for woodworking and other hobby related activities is still much too porous to protect you against a virus, or bacteria for that matter.
The bottom line is this, a mask or other face-covering might…’ might’ blunt the amount, or distance, of a virus that you shed. That is the only reason to wear anything. Any face covering will not replace social distancing, and until we have the facts about the virus’s ability to be airborne, even that is genuinely suspect.
This is why the White House has been putting out such mixed messages regarding the wearing of a mask. The health care workers need the infamous N95 mask as they are in close proximity to infected individuals. I have no idea if that mask is effective against the coronavirus. I do know that it is much better than those masks you find at the hardware store and certainly better than a scarf.
What I am challenging the CDC to do is, put some high-quality mask material on a dustbuster (or several) and capture particulate matter in and around hot zones. Is the damned thing airborne, and if so, how far away from a hot zone is it in the air? What is the PPM or parts per million of the virus at different distances from hospitals and other areas of patients?
If my suspicions are correct, those folks on their balconies singing to each other in a ‘hot zone’ took risks that might have been fatal.
We need to understand the efficacy of and the ease of transmission of this ‘invisible enemy.’
No kidding; we need this to go ‘viral’ to get it to someone who cares.
If you have a HEPA air filter in your home, I would run it 24X7 especially, if you live in an area with infected people. It cannot hurt in this allergy season so, why not?
Use common sense precautions, and yes, please wash your hands.
Hang in there, people. We need answers.
Much Love -TW