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Masks = virtue signaling

This essay by Robert Pratt about the uselessness of masks to stop or slow the spread of COVID-19 has this very clarifying quote:

“When a person is infectious with a virus it is estimated that they may shed one hundred billion virus particles a day – that works out to 10 million per breath,” [Dr. John Lee, a former professor of pathology at a UK medical school] pointed out.

Given that the most common cloth masks in use by people have thousands of pores, holes between the fabric threads, several times larger than the width of a human hair and that a full thousand virus particles can fit through a space the size of a human hair side-by-side even laboratory controlled fit and use of a mask, conditions not present in actual life usage, does little to stop the spread of virus particles.

…If just a breath contains 10 million virus particles, the pressurized large release associated with a sneeze or cough is reasonably likely to be much greater and will put millions of virus particles straight through a mask as well as much more out the side perimeters of such.

So let’s summarize: The mask, worn for long periods, forces you to rebreath your carbon dioxide at higher levels than normal, lowers the oxygen content to levels that are considered unhealthy, and in the end can do little to block the virus. On top of this, if you unconsciously touch the front of your mask (such as to pull it down to talk to someone), and your hand had not been sanitized just beforehand, you have just taken the risk of placing the virus on the mask, at exactly the place you breath.

Sounds like a plan to me, eh?

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  • James Street

    Washington state Governor Jay Inslee made face coverings mandatory in public in the entire state, both indoors and outdoors, effective Friday, June 26.

    It’s not about safety because any covering is acceptable. You could put a woman’s nylon over your head, bank-robber style, and it would meet his requirements. Inslee said, “Any covering that will cover the nose and mouth will do in this case. What you choose is your choice. We’re just appreciative if everyone could think of this as the new part of etiquette in our state.”

  • talgus

    and the bonus that the human lower mouth area (that comprises the majority of human emotion/feelings signalling) is hidden. long live human isolation.

  • Jerry Torres

    Per Michael Savage: “Masks of Submision”
    I Concur.

  • John

    The need to belong is a powerful motivator to the weak minded.

    They have masks, and no one is going to take them away.

  • Michael

    talgus: “and the bonus that the human lower mouth area (that comprises the majority of human emotion/feelings signalling) is hidden. long live human isolation.”

    Actually, I went to the bank the other day to make a withdrawal while wearing a mask. When I got to the cashier’s window I was greeted by name. So much for a promising career as a bank robber.

  • Cotour

    A little more virtue signaling:

    This definition seems to fit:

    Idiot: “An idiot, in modern use, is a stupid or foolish person. It was formerly a technical term in legal and psychiatric contexts for some kinds of profound intellectual disability where the mental age is two years or less, and the person cannot guard himself or herself against common physical dangers. The term was gradually replaced by the term profound mental retardation. Along with terms like moron, imbecile, and cretin, it is archaic and offensive in those uses.”

    Comedy is dead because these people say so?

  • pzatchok

    Comedy dies years ago.

    A little after Blazing Saddles was when I noticed its coming death.

  • commodude

    DougSpace, that article is backed by junk. Comparing droplet blockage from speaking with nothing vs. covering with a damp washcloth (A highly effective filter, but impossible to breathe through) proves nothing, and the influenza study cited is very specific to surgical and hospital settings.

    People don’t wash their hands prior to touching their masks every time, and fail to practice proper donning and doffing, eliminating the efficacy of masks. The “studies” of various countries and mask usage are exceedingly poor science, as there is no one factor that is compared, as you’re discussing societal actions overall vs. one change.

    They are a virtue signal, nothing more.

  • Cotour

    And lets not forget that sports is also dead:

    “On Saturday, it was reported that players will be able to include social justice messages on the backs of their jerseys at Disney. That decision, while powerful, puts the onus on players. The league itself needed to send a message of solidarity, and is doing so with its latest decision. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe and Ramona Shelburne, the league plans to paint “Black Lives Matter” on both sidelines on all three of the courts they will be using at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. “

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