Post by suzeeq Post by Adam H. Kerman Post by shawn
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There was a great little picture posted on Twitter by a doctor that
showed a bunch of petri dishes with bacterial growth from when he was
talking at various distances with and without a mask. It clearly
showed how a mask does significantly cut down on the amount of
bacteria that escapes with every breath you take.
That's what I had kind of figured months ago. The mask wearer is relying
on the mask to absorb moisture in one's breath. It's... an argument that
wearing masks for any length of time isn't good for one's health. You're
breathing back in excessive bacterial growth, the mask itself now that
it remains damp provides a growth medium for bacteria.
That's why you have reusable one that you can wash.
How do I wash the mask I'm wearing? Once the mask has dried because I'm
no longer using it, there's not a great deal of danger from the bacteria
as we're not talking about spores.
You're missing the point: The surgical team wears surgical masks for a
very specific reason that they are operating within a surgical cavity or
the patient already had open wounds.
The rest of us aren't supposed to be wearing masks as part of every day
living. And you've really got to wonder about cold-and-flu season,
whether those wearing masks have increased the likelihood that they'll
get a cold or flu infection.
Yes, I get the benefit of shortening the distance that one will be
expelling virus from one's own mouth and nose, but every other aspect of
mask wearing has a negative benefit for the person wearing the mask.
Post by suzeeq Post by Adam H. Kerman
His demonstration would have been a lot more useful trying to grow COVID
and not bacteria.
The point would be that no one has bothered to do a proper
epidemiological study of benefit and risk to the mask wearer and benefit
and risk to people he's interacting with. It's all hand waiving.
Chinese and Japanese (maybe Koreans too) have had a social practice of
wearing surgical masks during cold and flu season FOR YEARS, regardless
of whether they have flu-like sympoms. We should have the answer for
certain at this point, yes?