A wee word about masks

Up until a few days ago, the message we kept hearing about masks was we don’t need them, they don’t work, and STOP BUYING THEM! (here) This made no sense because while surgical masks won’t protect healthy people from droplets or aerosols if a sick person near you coughs or sneezes, they do help keep droplets and aerosols in if sick person wearing a mask coughs or sneezes, thereby reducing the spread of infection. Since the coronavirus spreads easily, has a long incubation period, and can infect a person without causing symptoms, it seemed odd that there was no recommendation to wear surgical style masks early on. The only way I could explain it was the lack of availability of masks and dishonest messaging, rather than frank communication with  the American people about alternative mouth and nose coverings. Once social distancing and stay-at-home recommendations were put in place, it remained puzzling as to why surgical masks still weren’t...(Read Full Post)
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