Mask news of the day

Masks work.

However:

Experiments by a team in Hong Kong found that the coronavirus’ transmission rate via respiratory droplets or airborne particles dropped by as much as 75% when surgical masks were used.

Note we are talking about surgical masks.  (NOT N95 masks.)  I was mystified when the US CDC insisted we not wear masks despite people who seemed to know a lot more about controlling the virus using them (ie Korea).  Now I’m mystified by guidance from local health departments that people wear cloth masks when paper ones (albeit not name brand / hospital grade masks) are becoming readily available.

Another quote:

The team’s conclusion comes after months of conflicting information from world health bodies concerning masks. The World Health Organization has questioned their effectiveness outside of medical settings, while governments including those in the U.S. and U.K. initially urged citizens to leave them for health worker use, only to later make a U-turn and encourage widespread mask-wearing.

2 thoughts on “Mask news of the day

  1. Karen

    If you find medical grade paper masks online let me know. They are so much more comfortable than cloth!

  2. admin Post author

    There are lots of masks on Amazon that *look* like medical masks to me. The ones I bought look fine in person as well. Whether they’re truly legit is another question, but I guess I would feel guilty buying them if I found 3M masks, though I think it’s the responsibility of Amazon & the government to make sure that masks are first routed to the people who need them. Anyway.

    These, for example, look fine to me:
    https://www.amazon.com/Milcoast-3-Ply-Layer-Disposable-Earloop/dp/B087CBWDZ2/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=medical+masks&qid=1589932194&sr=8-4

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