I’ve been skeptical because I reasoned that if I can breathe through the mask, then a microscopic size Covid germ can certainly penetrate also. Am I right about that? It looks like I am.
I looked up all the reccomendations from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the CDC (Center for Disease Control), and found this:
Surgical masks (most common type of mask worn):
Surgical masks are made in different thicknesses and with different ability to protect you from contact with liquids. These properties may also affect how easily you can breathe through the face mask and how well the surgical mask protects you.
This seems to say that the easier you can breathe through your mask the less effective it is in keeping Covid-19 out of your nose and mouth. The mucus membrane in your nose and eyes are where the Covid germs can live and mutate. Masks do not protect your eyes at all, and probably not your nose either. Your mouth needs no protection even though your mask covers it. This is because our mouths are full of bacteria that is beneficial to us for food digestion, but is very hostile to most germs that enter your mouth. Otherwise we’d be sick all of the time.
Our bacteria-laden saliva can’t tell the difference between food and germs so it assumes both should be broken down and digestion begun before going down our esophagus. Even if the Covid germ made its way into our stomachs it would be devoured there. Yum.
Most of the masks I have worn (always under protest) are very easy to breathe through. So how am I protected?
The masks are not meant to protect us from microscopic Covid germs. If they are airborne the mask is little more than a welcome mat.
Here is what masks actually do protect us from:
While a surgical mask may be effective in blocking splashes and large-particle droplets, a face mask, by design, does not filter or block very small particles in the air that may be transmitted by coughs, sneezes, or certain medical procedures. Surgical masks also do not provide complete protection from germs and other contaminants because of the loose fit between the surface of the mask and your face.
What? That’s the CDC talking there, folks. The common type of mask we see people wearing does not protect them very much? Only if someone with a mask in place sneezes right in your face do they offer much protection. The mask will do one thing for us, however. It will likely stop us from sneezing on someone else if we sneeze inside our mask, we are emitting large particles, in other words, the very things the mask is made to stop.
But how often does anyone sneeze or cough right in our face? Most of us were taught as children not to do that. It’s not nice. Someone may take offense. Someone may punch you right in your sniveling nose.
I think most people in this regard will reflexively place their hands over their nose and mouth when they feel a sneeze or a cough coming on. I sure do. I also think most people would rather hold a sneeze or a cough in their hands because that is preferable to getting smacked in the face by someone you just blew spittle on. We can more easily wash our hands than stop a nose bleed after getting walloped.
Well, maybe it’s a bit rare to get punched for sneezing but it’s certainly a turn off and a display of poor manners.
OK, how about wearing an N-95 mask?
The N95 mask is different. It’s more like a portable respirator than a surgical mask. It just might stop those microscopic droplets. So why aren’t more people wearing N-95 masks?
For starters they aren’t nearly as cheap as a surgical mask. They aren’t easy to find or purchase. They do restrict your breathing somewhat, that is what makes them more effective than a surgical mask. If worn over a long period the restricted breathing it creates is not a good thing, especially for old folks or anyone with a breathing problem. Constant wearing of an N95 mask can have side effects, such as increasing the level of CO2 going into your lungs, which can over time lead to a lowering of oxygen in one’s blood. That can create a further side effect of making one more vulnerable to disease.
Now the good part I’ve been waiting for. As I type this I can already hear you saying, “Wait a minute. If what you say is right why do surgeons wear common surgical masks in the operating room?”
The answer is obvious.
The surgical mask is made to block bacteria which are relatively large particles. Not only are surgical masks not meant to strop the passage of microscopic virus particles, a surgeon with a virus infection, with or without a surgical mask, will not be allowed in an operating room. That is an abundance of caution recognition that the surgical mask, while effective in preventing a patient with his chest cracked open from getting a bacterial infection, is not in the least effective against the spread of a virus.
Surgical masks do not protect us from Covid-19 airborne particles. The do not slow the spread of the virus. So why are rouge governors issuing mask mandates? Are they dumb? Yes, but that’s not why they issue mask mandates. It’s because it helps to instill fear in people and makes them easier to manage.
That’s it folks.
Please join me. Help the rest of us get rid of the idiotic mask mandates
Further reading available: Unreported Truths about COVID-19, Part 3: Masks, by Alex Berenson