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There is a great debate going in America at the moment: masks or no masks.
While I am certainly glad that surgeons and medical personnel have access to personal protection equipment, including masks, I am not sure that one is right for me. I say this for a number of reasons
- I am not in a medical setting
- I am not giving medical treatment
- I am not ill
Depending on which expert you listen to, you will hear various reasons to wear a mask. The one that I hear most often is that my wearing a mask will keep you healthy. I do not normally worry about making other people sick. If I am unwell, I do not go out into the marketplace, and I distance myself from friends and strangers.
We hear that some infected people are asymptomatic. This is difficult for me to wrap my mind around. The only way we know we are ill is by the symptoms the illness produces. If we take this premise further, I could conclude that I was an asymptomatic diabetic if my A1c was within normal range=no symptoms. In fact, the National Institutes of Health have conducted a study on asymptomatic COVID19 carriers, and found that they infected, get ready for this, no one. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32405162/
Masks are hot. If I am hot, I will perspire. When I perspire, I make the masks (cloth or paper) wet. I had a nail appointment and as part of the ‘new normal,’ we were asked to wear a mask. Because I love my technician and because the mask is part of the ‘safety protocol’ I complied. The mask was very uncomfortable. In researching the medical perspective on masks, I see that the WHO advises: If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with COVID-19. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-Coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/when-and-how-to-use-masks?gclid=CjwKCAjw_LL2BRAkEiwAv2Y3STWgpg4AHOLzQCehiTHXnsA3Kf376xymXE4f1jhJkIRP2shCpann7RoCkZgQAvD_BwE
Then there is this label on the side of the box of masks: “This product is an ear loop mask, this product is not a respirator and will not provide any protections against COVID-19 (coronavirus) and other viruses or contaminants.” Now there are people who say that this is ‘false,’ and that masks do in fact, protect against the spread of disease. I have a hard time with this explanation. Our society is a very litigious one. The masks makers would not put this disclaimer on the side of the box if the masks were effective. The only reason this disclaimer is on the box is to stop me from suing them should I wear the mask and then become diagnosed with COVID-19.
Thankfully, America is still a free country. If you feel more safe wearing a mask, by all means, do so. If wearing a mask makes you irritable, then save us all, and forego it.
Until next time,