Lost on the frontline is a collaboration between and Kaiser Health News that aims to document the lives of healthcare workers in the US who die from Covid-19, and to understand why so many are falling victim to the pandemic.
What is the curve we want to flatten? One part of all individual members of a community’s responsibility to help flatten the curve is to wear a facemask when you can not social distance combined with other measures.
“Flattening the curve refers to community isolation measures that keep the daily number of disease cases at a manageable level for medical providers”, according to Live Science.
What is the big deal, anyway, about “overwhelming the medical system? Won’t doctors and nurses always be at the hospital to admit patients?
Medical providers are human beings as well. They are getting exhausted and sick themselves. We could predict that. by looking at past flu epidemics.
Here’s what you need to know about the curve, and why we want to flatten it.
Related: Live updates on COVID-19
Coronavirus: What is ‘flattening the curve,’ and will it work?
… as the outbreak in Italy shows, the rate at which a population becomes infected makes all the difference in whether there are enough hospital beds (and doctors, and resources) to treat the sick.
… “social distancing” guidelines — including a “shelter in place”
The “curve” researchers are talking about refers to the projected number of people who will contract COVID-19 over a period of time.
.. not a hard prediction of how many people will definitely be infected- but a theoretical number that’s used to model the virus’ spread.
The faster the infection curve rises, the quicker the local health care system gets overloaded beyond its capacity to treat people…. more new patients may be forced to go without ICU beds,( and qualified staff) .. may run out of the basic supplies …
A slower infection rate means a less stressed health care system, fewer hospital visits on any given day and fewer sick people being turned away.
As of this writing July 12, 2020 this is the news on which states are ordered to wear facemasks in public. Please note that I can guarantee that these orders have not changed by the time you read this. Consult your state’s website for updates and accurate details as they change.
Mandatory mask laws can mean many different things, sometimes it’s only on public transport, sometimes only in essential businesses, and sometimes everywhere in public.
You can filter, sort, search, and download the data below. There are also sources linked for every piece of data. Also, here is another helpful list: Countries with mandatory mask laws.
State. Masks Required? Type of Requirement
So do these non-medical masks we’re all meant to be wearing actually do anything?
Well yes, yes they almost certainly do. Here’s a thread about the current science.
Let’s start by explaining this striking picture of a researcher speaking in a laser scattering chamber….
Do we wear a face mask or not wear a face mask?
YIKES! That is the most confusing question of the year:
YES or NO to face masks?
I have seen more nasty arguments and mobbing over people’s “rights to not be forced to wear a face mask” on Facebook. There are even laminated cards that appear to be official documentation that the person with this card is exempt from wearing a face maks in public – these are FAKE.
…the group’s Facebook page and website are no longer active, Freedom to Breathe Agency was offering a downloadable PDF of the exemption cards…. may have a logo for the Freedom to Breathe Agency, and even the U.S. Department of Justice.
… implied threat that any business that denies access for failure to wear a mask will be reported as having violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, Nessel reports.
“The ADA does not provide a blanket exemption to people with disabilities from complying with legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operations,” the Justice Department warning indicated.
The confusion came early on in 2020 when the powers that be were afraid that people would buy up and hoard face masks like some people bought cases and cases of toilet paper and hand sanitizer- leaving the shelves bare. The communicable disease experts wanted masks to be available for the health care workers on the front lines caring for COVID patients. (Read more below.)
Public health professionals lament that trust in face masks is hampered by the government’s earlier recommendation against them.
Fauci told TheStreet mid-June that he did not recommend face masks at the beginning of the outbreak to conserve supplies for healthcare workers. On Thursday Fauci told NPR that the administration’s initial ambivalence towards face masks was ‘detrimental in getting the message across.’ https://www.npr.org/2020/07/03/886905055/widespread-use-of-face-masks-could-save-tens-of-thousands-of-lives-models-projec
There are different kinds of face masks designed for different jobs. In a hospital setting such as in surgery, the surgeon and his assistants will wear surgical masks. Not so they are protected from the patient, but so they are not breathing or spitting on the open wound – the surgeon wears a mask to protect the patient.
During this pandemic, we “wear a mask for others protection in case we are contagious and do not know it, yet.
Wear the right mask for the job
Surgical N95 Respirators are commonly used in healthcare settings and are a subset of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs), often referred to as N95s. The similarities among surgical masks and surgical N95s are:www.fda.gov/medical-devices/personal-protective-equipment-infection-control/n…What does N95 respirator protect against?When correctly and constantly worn, N95 respirators are thought to provide 95% protection against H1N1 virus carrying aerosols in the atmosphere.What does a N95 mask protect against?The N95 Mask to Protect Against Tuberculosis. The N95 medical mask is a type of disposable respirator that may be used in a medical or industrial setting. Both types of N95 function by filtering out particulates in the air before they reach your respiratory system.Does a 3M N95 mask have an expiration date?This is one factor to segregate the legit and original N95 masks to the fake ones. The legitimate N95 mask manufacturers like 3M always have an expiry date, lot number, and manufacturing dates. The shelf life of almost all N95 masks is 5 years after their production date.www.echofavor.com/Research/12/24187-Do-N95-Masks-…When to wear N95 respirator?In particular, respiratory protection (N95 masks) should be used when near a patient who has a potentially infectious disease that is transmitted by the airborne route or when in a closed space with this type of patient.nassauems.org/PDF/EMS_RESPIRATORY_PROTECTION%…
COVID-19 Resources on Face Masks and Surgical Masks
- Face Masks and Surgical Masks for COVID-19: Includes FAQs on manufacturing, purchasing, importing, and donating masks
- FAQs on Shortages of Surgical Masks and Gowns During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Surgical Mask and Gown Conservation Strategies – Letter to Health Care Providers Includes conventional capacity strategies, contingency capacity strategies, and crisis or alternate strategies (if masks are running low and if no masks are available)Why do surgical masks have a blue side and white side?There are two sides of the surgical mask which are white and blue (or green). The white side contains filter… if you have flu, it should be attached to your face so that the blue side faces out to prevent the germs from spreading outwards.
Disclaimer: No Non-cents Nanna blogs are not intended as medical nor legal advice. In good faith, I have gleaned credible information to help my readers or through the maze of information and misinformation needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that the official guidelines do change frequently. I will do my best to update. Always check out the dates on any coronavirus information you read as it could be outdated.
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
- The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- Everyone should wear a cloth face cover in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
- Read updated information on what the CDC says about face mask https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
A facemask alone is NOT a 100% guarantee of not contracting this viral disease.
But, this does not mean this is an “all-or-none” proposition. Wear face masks, social distance, wash your hands in combination for a reduced exposure if the virus is present.
Get answers to your questions about face masks, including how to use them properly.
… face masks combined with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing, help slow the spread of the virus.
.. why weren’t face masks recommended at the start of the pandemic?
At that time, experts didn’t yet know the extent to which people with COVID-19 could spread the virus before symptoms appeared. Nor was it known that some people have COVID-19 but don’t have any symptoms. Both groups can unknowingly spread the virus to others.
CDC Recommends Cloth Face Coverings for Use by the General Public
… public use simple cloth face coverings when in a public setting to slow the spread of the virus, since this will help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
For more information, see the CDC’s Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
Surgical masks are made in different thicknesses and with different ability to protect you from contact with liquids….
If worn properly, a surgical mask is meant to help block large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays, or splatters of (viruses and bacteria), keeping away from your mouth and nose.
… does not filter or block very small particles in the air that may be transmitted by coughs, sneezes…
Surgical masks – do not provide complete protection from germs and other contaminants because of the loose fit…
Surgical masks – not intended to be used more than once.
damaged or soiled – remove the face mask, discard it safely, and replace it with a new one.
….safely discard your mask, place it in a plastic bag and put it in the trash.
Wash your hands after handling the used mask.
Published 1 month ago:June 11, 2020 at 7:56 am–
Does insurance cover sewer backup?
Make sure everyone in your household or workplace knows to never ever flush disposables down the toilet. Doing so will vlog the sewer line and it will back up into your living space. Do not assume that your home or renter’s insurance will cover it. If it does you will have to pay your deductible first.
” …homeowners and business owners may not realize that they are responsible for the maintenance and repair of their house or sewer lateral – the pipeline between the city sanitary sewer main, usually located under the street, and the building. The sewer lateral is owned and maintained by the property owner including any part that may extend into the street or public right of way.” https://www.wnins.com/resources/personal/features/sewerbackup.shtml
Western National Insurance
These backups not only cause damage that is difficult and expensive to repair, but also create health hazards. Most homeowner and business insurance policies do not cover sewer backup unless specific sewer backup coverage is added to the policy, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).What is “Sewer Backup”? – Western National Insurance www.wnins.com/resources/personal/features/sewerback…
I encourage you to do the best you can with what you’ve got the reduce the chances of contracting this contagious disease.
Grocery stores and pharmacies have installed plastic shields to distance the customer and the cashier.
Social distancing, face masks and eye protection all appear to reduce the spread of COVID-19, in both health care settings and the general community, according to a new review commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO).
… keeping a distance of at least 3 feet (1 meter) from other people lowered the chances of coronavirus infection or spread by 82%, and keeping a distance of 6 feet (2 m) could be even more effective.
Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Patients with confirmed or possible SARS-CoV-2 infection should wear a facemask when being evaluated medically
Healthcare personnel should adhere to Standard and Transmission-based Precautions when caring for patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection. Recommended PPE is described in the Infection Control Guidance
U.S. Healthcare Facilities: Optimize the Supply of PPE and Equipment
Healthcare workers providing direct hands-on care to critically ills patients in ICU are at great risk even with all the PPE.
.. continuing to study COVID-19 in front-line health care workers across the country to better understand what may be done to decrease their risk of infection, such as using specific types of personal protective equipment.”
… investigators studied 350 patients across 11 medical centers in the U.S. who tested positive for COVID-19; 54% of these patients reported no close contact with another person known to have COVID-19 in the two weeks before getting sick.
“.. over half of COVID-19 patients not identifying a clear source of their infection, this study reinforces the need for practical measures to reduce the spread of the virus… social distancing … face coverings when out in public,” …
… 40% of COVID-19 patients in the study remained symptomatic two weeks after a positive COVID-19 test… COVID-19 tend to remain ill longer than with other respiratory infections, such as influenza.
The results were published by the journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on June 30.
In February and March, the experts were not on the same page about what to do to buy us time to prepare for the outbreak of a new highly contagious virus.
Even now in July 2020, there are still mixed messages on mask-wearing. The problem has evolved into serious anger issues when people disagree over the mask-wearing rules. Organized groups have resorted to Mobbing and Bullying tactics on social media. (See part 6)
Certainly all of the mixed messages area doing fuel to fire of groups who seem to thrive IMO, on conspiracy theories and are anti-establishment including anti-vaccines. (See quote and reference links below.)
Below, I crossed out the outdated recommendations in this quote so no one can copy and paste to makes false claims from my blog.
CDC Recommends Cloth Face Coverings for Use by the General Public
The CDC recommends that members of the public use simple cloth face coverings when in a public setting to slow the spread of the virus, since this will help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. For more information, see the CDC’s Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions, such as hand washing and maintaining at least 6 feet of social distancing, to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.
Mixed messages …
John Brownstein, an epidemiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and an ABC News contributor, said there was “definitely confusion” over face coverings early on, though it was “partly due to improved understanding of virus transmission over time.” As the science surrounding how the virus was transmitted evolved, so did the guidance.
Even top disease experts were slow to get on the same page. The World Health Organization and CDC
initially decreed masks were needed only for those who were sick or caring for those who were sick. Surgeon General Jerome Adams even tweeted in February that Americans should stop buying them. “Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS!,” he wrote. “They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”
… even after that guidance changed, some leaders were slow to adapt.
Some Americans appear to have ignored the guidance.
Officials in Miami, Florida were forced to close a park on Monday after law enforcement issued over 7,000 warnings to those who failed to wear face coverings over the weekend.
Others have been more extreme in their resistance.
After some businesses in Stillwater, Oklahoma, began reopening on Friday with a requirement that customers wear masks, Stillwater City Manager Norman McNickle said in a statement that some employees were “threatened with physical violence” by people who “cite the mistaken belief the requirement is unconstitutional.”
Dr. Simone Wildes, an Infectious Diseases Physician at South Shore Health and an ABC News medical contributor, said that wearing masks are not only a “quick solution” but an easy one.
Without any covering at all, coughs expelled droplets up to 12 feet in under a minute, but most of them had fallen to the ground by that point, the researchers said, but still they traveled “farther than the currently recommended 6-foot distancing guideline.”
…oated in the air for up to three minutes in a non-windy environment, the researchers found.
Droplets traveled about 2.5 inches with a homemade cotton mask — similar to those the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend — about 8 inches with the cone-style mask and a little over a foot with a folded cotton handkerchief, according to the study.
…bandana, the cough traveled about 3 feet 7 inches — the worst of them all aside from no mask — even though the material had the highest thread count compared to the other coverings, the researchers said.
- Considerations for Wearing Cloth Face Coverings
- How to Wear Your Cloth Face Covering
- How to Wash Your Cloth Face Covering
- How to Make Your Own Cloth Face Covering
- ASL Video Series: Easy DIY Cloth Face Covering
- How to Make Your Own Face Covering Video (Spanish)
Wear a CLEAN Mask
A disposable mask is meant to be worn only once. Dispose of in a trash bag. Please do not drop it on the street.
When you get home take off your mask- do not touch the part where your nose and mouth have been.
Wash your hands and face.
Wash your cloth mask after every use. How often should I wash my masks?
Get answers to your questions about face masks, including how to use them properly.
Here are a few pointers for putting on and taking off a cloth mask:
- Place your mask over your mouth and nose.
- Tie it behind your head or use ear loops and make sure it’s snug.
- Don’t touch your mask while wearing it.
- If you accidentally touch your mask, wash or sanitize your hands.
- Remove the mask by untying it or lifting off the ear loops without touching the front of the mask or your face.
- Wash your hands immediately after removing your mask.
- Regularly wash your mask with soap and water in the washing machine. It’s fine to launder it with other clothes.
Reasons Why Some People Refuse To Wear Masks Despite Coronavirus Outbreak
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear face masks in public spaces to help reduce the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus.
- … some people have been refusing the idea of facial coverings despite the threat of COVID-19.
Face masks mainly help prevent the spread of the virus from people who may have been infected but do not show symptoms of COVID-19.
- /// misinformation, politics, beliefs and fear have been pushing some… away from using facial coverings.
- …some people are unable to use face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic because of health concerns. In San Antonio, authorities allow residents not to cover their faces all the time if they have asthma, autism, sensory processing difficulties and mental health challenges.
- “Initially… we were told that masks are really for people who are sick,” “
And that’s to keep you from getting other people sick, and that it wasn’t necessary for us to all wear masks. ‘Save the masks for the health care workers,’ … now it’s, ‘Everybody needs to wear a mask.’”
- Some Americans believe mask requirements are against their Constitutional rights. Jackson said people have a “sense of entitlement” that makes them think they have the right to do whatever they want in the country.“But that’s not true. You can’t go to the store without shoes. You can’t go to the store without a shirt on…
- Religion… people refuse to wear face masks because of their faith in their religious leader…. this coping mechanism occurs as they want to “whole heartedly put their trust in God or whomever that higher power is they believe in.”
- …some people experiencing anxiety… hard to breathe with a face mask, which could make people feel “more contained,” especially those affected by forced isolation under lockdown measures.
Why do you have to wear pants when you go to the store or sit on your neighbor’s couch?
Well, duh! We would leave traces more or less of our body fluids. Respiratory drop from our nose and mouth are also body fluids that have germs no one else wants from you, especially if you have some kind of contagious bug.
Kind of gross when stated this way, I know.
For those with legitimate reasons for not wearing a mask, I strongly urge you to call ahead to a business to make reasonable accommodations or special arrangements to assist you. Please do not just show up demanding to do your own thing or think you can sue a business if you don’t get your own way.
Some people refuse to wear face masks…
It’s complicated. But, there are legit reasons for some to not wear a mask.
As a personal example, I do get really hot even without a mask when I am exerting myself.- I will wheeze. This means I need to plan ahead if I have to do essential grocery shopping. I will go early in the day when the temperature is cooler.
My son has Advanced Primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis. People with MS do not tolerate heat. I have to keep our home around 68 degrees. or he has more painful legs spasms and gets very weak. He had been catching up on neurology appointments at a large University Hospital and Clinics. We have no choice but to wear a mask in that facility.
Wearing a mask does adversely affect my son’s medical condition. We don’t raise a fuss. Instead, I freeze ice packs to put in his “cooling vest” to try to keep him cool. We will also schedule appointments as early in the day as we can when the temperature will be cooler. It is my responsibility as an individual to do the best I can to comply and meet my son’s specific needs. If I can not find a solution then I have to ask for help.
Why won’t some people wear face masks during a pandemic? It’s complicatedTheir reasons are many, but why do those who won’t wear face masks in public during a pandemic refuse to do so?News reports have captured a number of rallies and protests against the masks. Excuses seem to vary.
- don’t want the government to tell them what to do
- orders to wear masks violate their personal freedom.
- complain of breathing problems with the masks.
- don’t believe the masks prevent infections.
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center:
65% of adults said they regularly wear masks in public. Fifteen percent said they wear them some of the time, while most of the remaining 20% of respondents to the survey said they don’t wear masks at all.
False narratives promoted by some groups against facemasks
‘Anti-maskers’ in Florida have bizarre reasons for not wearing masks, netizens have hilarious comebacksMany of them stated that it was ‘God’s will’ for us to breathe and by being ‘ordered’ to wear the mask, they are taking away their rights.
One of the reasons also made it to Twitter. … “I don’t wear a mask for the same reason I don’t wear underwear. Things gotta breathe.”
… lockdowns are being lifted in a staggered manner…. realize that they have to live with the virus with strict measures. This includes social distancing and wearing masks at all times.
.. Florida, a group called ‘Anti-Maskers’ who are promoting the narrative of the ‘side-effects’ of wearing a mask.
Posted on Facebook by a page ‘Now This’, a meeting took place at the Palm Beach County Commission where the ones opposing the masks spoke out their reasons.
Some of them were quite bizarre and weird. Watch the video to see some of them:
Did you see this FALSE CLAIM?
There were pictures of a box of facemask that circulated as “proof” that masks are “stupid.
Every time I saw this as I ask the person who re-shared it if they could come up with the source it came from..a URL or an author? No one could do that. I will state that is not proof of anything if you can’t cite the source.
While doing research during the 24= hours that I worked on pulling this post together I did find a reference to that image and false claim.
In marketing remember this: Emotions sell.
The claim: Nonrespirator ear loop masks do not protect people against coronavirus, and it is explicitly stated on the packaging of masks
As mask-wearing … method to stop the spread of COVID-19, posts circulating online claim “disposable ear loop masks do not provide any protection against the virus.”
A May 21 Facebook post shows a picture of a box of the disposable masks, where the warning label cautions, “THIS PRODUCT IS AN EAR LOOP MASK. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT A RESPIRATOR AND WILL NOT PROVIDE ANY PROTECTION AGAINST COVID-19(CORONAVIRUS) OR OTHER VIRUSES OR CONTAMINANTS.”
The caption reads, “When you shame people for not wearing masks but then read the side of the box of the masks you spent $25.00 on.” The user who shared the post did not respond to USA TODAY for comment.
Yes, some of us are allergic to a number of things. Personally, I get a wild rash from nickel. I don’t wear jewelry for that reason. those little bendy parts for the nose ina maks may have nickel.
I have no intention of shaming anyone for getting contact dermatitis from facemasks. But, if you have seen the cognitively distorted post on Facebook warning that you will get a rash with a facemask – the truth is, yes, some may get a rash ( read the link below.) Try another kind of mask. Not EVERYONE will have contact dermatitis.
This is simply a heads up and not intended to treat nor diagnose
…shouldn’t self-diagnose a rash or other skin irritation… people should be aware of is allergic reactions to face-mask materials. … specifically “the metal nose bridge (if nickel is in the alloy) or elastic (rubber allergy) or any textile-specific coatings on the fabric.”
The nickel issue will be familiar to people who wear earrings or other jewelry, and may be more of a concern for people wearing medical or medical-style coverings. …
…insurance is covering the online sessions, care can be delivered quickly and there’s always the potential for an in-person follow-up, so check with your local dermatologist.
Health care providers like doctors, nurses, housekeeping, dietary- all hospital employees have to wear a facemask and maybe plastic face shield for 8 to 12 hours or more a shift. so, maybe you don’t care if you get this very contagious virus- what about the health care professionals who are caring for the very ill people?
Doctors and nurses have families at home to go to after working exhausting hours. Many have to sleep in the garage or in a camper in the back yard to prevent their family members from catching the bug. So, what IF those off-duty medical professionals decide they are sick and tired of wearing a face mask? Should they NOT wear the damn mask when they have to buy groceries and maybe expose your teenager who is working their first job as a grocery bagger?
It’s the caregiver’s body- their choice, right? Haven’t they “suffered enough” by having to wear a facemask or two at work?
No. It would be irresponsible of a doctor or nurse to not protect YOU when refusing to wear a facemask in public.
Would everyone wearing face masks help us slow the pandemic?
Even experts who favor masking the masses
say their impact on the spread of disease is likely to be modest….some health experts, including the director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, think that’s a mistake.
… afraid to promote mask buying amid dire shortages at hospitals. … as the pandemic wears on, some public health experts think government messages discouraging mask wearing should shift. ( July 2020 the recomnedaiotn did shift.)
“ good public health intervention ,”…. “It’s not to protect yourself. It’s to protect people against the droplets coming out of your respiratory tract.”
… practice social distancing and stay at home as much as possible to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. … likely to spew some saliva… when people speak and breathe and sing—you don’t have to sneeze or cough—these droplets are coming out,”
…health care workers receive training on how to wear … take other important safety measures such as thorough hand-washing. “I think the average person, if they were taught how to wear a mask properly … would have some protection against infection in the community.”
…A key factor pushing health authorities to discourage mask wearing is the limited supply…
…The shortage has inspired do-it-yourself movements … to produce cloth masks—which CDC acknowledges can be a last resort for health care workers lacking other protection.
Rigorous studies comparing cloth masks to surgical ones or investigating the ideal material for homemade masks are lacking.
In the early weeks, I myself did state that untrained people will not know how to wear a maks properly. However, for anyone to make the effort to wear a mask tho they may “do it wrong” should be commended for that effort.
In my opinion, ‘wearing a facemask for others’ is making the effort to show you care about others in your community, even if the mask is lacking, the viral load will be reduced.
Wear a mask when you can not social distance, still requires good hand washing.
To play Devil’s advocate here is a quote for April 6, 2020, below, that is similar to what “anti-makers” used to argue their belief that “masks do harm or they don’t work.” Let’s keep this in context along with some qualifications. Read the partial quote below then click and read the full article from the source.
Why don’t masks protect the wearer?
There are several possible reasons why masks don’t offer significant protection. First, masks may not do much without eye protection.
While standard and special masks provide incomplete protection, special masks combined with goggles appear to provide complete protection in laboratory experiments.
.. minimal impact of wearing masks – people didn’t use them properly. …. People may also wear masks inappropriately, or touch a contaminated part of the mask when removing it and transfer the virus to their hand, then their eyes and thus to the nose.
Masks may also provide a false sense of security, meaning wearers might do riskier things such as going into crowded spaces and places.
… antibacterial wipes and cleaners … they won’t actually protect you from coronavirus, or any other virus.
… bacteria and viruses are two different germs,…
“Most antibacterial cleaners are also disinfectants, it’s just that they’ve been specially marketed to emphasise their antibacterial properties,” .
“Viruses are more resistant to disinfectants but can still be killed with them. Coronavirus is an envelope virus, which means it is ‘enveloped’ in a fatty layer that can be more easily broken down by cleaning supplies.”
… checking the label to ensure the product has been tested against bacteria and viruses.
Justice Department Issues Warning About Fake Mask Exempt CardsJune 27, 20204:06 PM ET
… slow the spread of the coronavirus … wear a mask.
… recommendation to secure a covering over one’s nose and mouth has proven one of the pandemic’s more partisan issues.
The Department of Justice is now warning that a card circulating online is falsely claiming its holder is lawfully exempt from wearing a mask.
issued alert …urging the public not to heed information printed on the fraudulent cards, which purport to carry the authority of the “Freedom to Breathe Agency,” which is neither a federal nor a state agency.
The fake card states that wearing a mask will incur mental or physical risk for the holder. The card also posits that the Americans with Disabilities Act forbids raising questions about the health condition aggravated by mask…
“These postings were not issued by the Department and are not endorsed by the Department.”
The department also said not to rely on information included on the card and instead to visit the Americans with Disabilities Act website.
The United States had the opportunity for strong intervention to slow the growth rate before our medical systems hit capacity. However, some age groups did not do what they were expected to do to control the spread of this virus. As of July 4, 2020, a number of hospital in various states is at capacity.
There is a model formula the powers-that-be can use to calculate how many hospital beds will be needed during a health crisis. Click on the link in the quote below.
This model is not perfect- it is ONLY an educated guess to plan ahead. I have already mentioned the “anti-maskers” and those who deny this pandemic is real. (See part 6) From what I have read on Facebook posts of the deniers is that they claim “the US government was lying about the numbers..”
Think this through with me, please,
Experts used a ‘model” to guesstimate how many people could get very sick, based on the information form other countries and history of other pandemics- IF we did NOTHING to try to control the spread.
Well, a good portion of Americans follow orders for mitigation. That effort changed the potential results.
Of course, the prediction did NOT happen by a certain date. However, in most recent weeks people have let their guards down with current events such as Black Lives Matter rallies and looting riots and crowding into bars… Now the new cases or coronavirus are overwhelming the system.
Update Mar 12, 2020:
Below, the essay wrote: “Italy’s hotspots like Lombardy are experiencing capacity constraints in less than three weeks from onset. Germany is approximately one week behind Italy. This means the model given here may still be too optimistic.”
There are things we can do now, as citizens and as governments, to slow the spread and to bound the downside. If we don’t, the downside could be severe.
What about the vulnerable people in nursing homes?
“We” failed to protect the elderly and disables in nursing homes and assisted living facilities all over the world.
What states are reporting and how to find it by Emily Paulin, AARP, Updated June 11, 2020
… 43,000 long-term care residents and staff have died from COVID-19… third of the nation’s known coronavirus deaths, …. an undercount, experts warn.. not all states are publicly reporting data yet. In many states more than half of coronavirus deaths are connected to long-term care facilities.
Although each state is required to report confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths in nursing homes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — and individual facilities are required to report that information to residents and their families — they are not required to share these publicly. Some states.. are choosing not to.
Most states are releasing some information on nursing home cases and deaths. … a patchwork of inconsistent data… same goes for assisted living and other types of long-term care facilities… unlike nursing homes, are regulated by the states.
On June 4 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted its first set of federal COVID-19 nursing home data on a new website…. 12 percent of the nation’s 15,400 Medicare and Medicaid homes have not submitted figures for the count.
AARP is advocating for consistent daily updates. “There’s a serious problem in these facilities,” Ryan says, “and we need to know where the outbreaks are so we can target additional resources to help save lives.”
Our list tells you which states…Click HERE to find your sate’s reports onCOVID-19 in nursing home:
Data are for the U.S. Nursing homes
- Number of nursing homes: 15,600 (2016)
- Proportion of nursing homes with for-profit ownership: 69.3% (2016)
- Number of licensed beds: 1.7 million (2016)Residents
- Number of residents: 1.3 million (2015)
What is wrong in this picture?
…55,000 residents and workers have died from the coronavirus at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for older adults in the United States… As of July 7, the virus has infected more than 296,000 people at some 14,000 facilities.
Nursing home populations are at a high risk of being infected by — and dying from — the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Covid-19… caused by the coronavirus… particularly lethal to adults in their 60s… underlying health conditions. .. spread more easily through congregate facilities… people live in a confined environment and workers move from room to room.
More information from the Center for Disease Control ( CDC)
- What to do if you are sick
- If someone in your house gets sick
- Frequently asked questions
- Individuals, schools, events, businesses and more
- Healthcare Professionals
- 10 Things You Can Do to Manage COVID-19 at Home
- 10 Things You Can Do to Manage COVID-19 at Home (ASL Version)
- Social Distancing (ASL Video)
- ASL Video Series: What You Need to Know About Handwashin
Always dispose of your disposable masks and gloves in the trash can- please do not polite the sewers.
Should we still be stressing over disinfecting surfaces?
In the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were told to disinfect surfaces. People were going crazy cleaning everything in their home- Why not? They were told to stay-at-home and now they had time to clean deep.
There were some problems though with people not reading directions on the cleaning products container; mixing chemicals that should not be mixed; carelessly leaving unattended for small children to ingest.
(See CDC recommendations above.)
Now, scientists feel they have enough studies done on COVID-19 contaminated surfaces to say that it is not spread easily from surfaces. I know I need to go do some editing on an early blog post.
CDC: COVID-19 Not Spread Easily From Contaminated Surfaces
The updated information also outlines what is not considered to pose a high risk for infection.
The CDC says that touching contaminated objects or surfaces and exposure to infected animals do not seem to be significant methods of COVID-19 transmission, the Post reported.