Yes: We’re Still Masking
Many things to go over this morning. Two posts – the second (“Shop Talk”) will be along shortly. But I want to start with a reader inquiry:
“George – with all the talk about masks being ‘useless’ and such, and with covid on the rise in just about every state, wondering, wht does you son have to say about people wearing/not wearing masks as a layer of protection against getting the virus…
I am interested because both hubby and I are in the ‘high risk’ group here in the King County, wa area, and don’t venture anywhere without a N-95 on and taking all the other overly precautionary means to avoid contact and exposure. I recall G2 was active in the medical field – contact tracing/Emt? Does HE wear a mask when out and about in everyday life? Does HE think it is a waste of time and useless for the states to impose restrictions for things like gatherings, dining in restaurants, etc?
I really am interested in knowing since I do not know anyone on the ‘front lines’ except for my neighbor who does hospice work.
Thanks for all you do for your readers, and all the wealth of information you share with us.”
Thanks for asking.
The Mask “Answer”
G2 started to write a book (“back when”) “Living in the Hot Zone” and it was from him I learned the “Zone Defense.” Green zone: Everything is touchable, edible, wearable. Safe. Then there’s a Yellow Zone. Decontamination happens at the Red Zone (disease likely) transition.
“For example: You go into the Red Zone , you’re properly protected and have gloves on, mask, boots, gown, hair covering and eye protection. Real PPE, not the public “lite” recommendations.
Now you touch something that has virus on it, like a railing and/or doorknob. Or, maybe someone coughed or sneezed and those tiny droplets that the person expelled by coughing or sneezing is still hanging around. Remember, virus droplets can travel in extreme cases 60+feet!
Fortunately, your breathing is protected (by the mask) so the virus can’t enter through your airway.
Since your eyes are protected by a face shield, it can’t enter in via your eyes, either.
Because you’re wearing gloves, the virus really never gets on your hands, its gets on your glove.
The bottom line is that since you are properly protections (and by that G2 means really, seriously protected) you have stacked the odds extremely high in your favor.”
G2 is not a medical doctor. However, he’s done Norwalk tracing in public housing, disease tracking at “drunk tanks”, HIVB/AID testing, and more recently, he’s been called out with a Type One forest fire team to do Covid testing on the big fire in Oregon (Beachie, Lions Gate) and Colorado (East Troublesome).
Combined, about the only group of people with more exposure risk? Trauma staff in a sick big city. Maybe.
His view – and the one I endorse – is that exposure is a game of odds. In the ideal conditions, you’d have on a P-100 rated mask, though a full-face Scott mask with cannister would be preferable. Then a face shield (yes, even over glasses), a virus-proof suit, gloves, disposable booties. In short, the whole thing.
As soon as you drop down to an N-95 (or lower) mask, your odds go up.
But it’s a matter of time of exposure, as well.
If you have outside pressurized air piped in, full face and head covering, and you’re gloved and in a suit, bootied and taped…you might be able to work all day.
On the other hand, with no PPE, one full breath of a dangerous virus could spell lights out, finis .
Consider all the factors involved in aerosol spread. It’s an impressive calculation!
- Type of virus
- Exposure to infective dose in healthy person
- Direct exposure concentrations (wet cough or dry?)
- Dilution study (how far is “enough?”)
- Incubation time of disease
- Time to maximum shedding
- On the receiving end:
- General health (*supplements, rested or tired, etc.)
#1 Rule around here is? AVOIDANCE.
Since February, Elaine has been off the ranch once for a doctor appointment back in March.
We “compress groceries” to a twice monthly visit to Wal-Mart and Brookshires (a kind of Safeway lite). We aim for zero contact.
The odd prescription refill is a drive through.
Everything getting in the car is decontaminated. Food in the trunk when loaded by the online shoppers. We have zero contact with them and stay in the car.
Two neighbors visited, outdoors. 6+ feet,. no contact. Ditto the logging crew when we had some trees harvested.
Oilman2 and his son help with an antenna project. 6+ feet, no contact.
All groceries arriving are wiped down with Clorox. Even frozen goods are wiped. Fresh produce goes in cool water. Hand my the food grade hydrogen peroxide?
Gloves are worn once. “Go to town masks” are N100. Remember earlier on when we advised on this?
On Government Decrees
Should government at any level be allowed to issue decrees with the “force of law?” Tough question.
Government became dishonest when Regulators were invented. Government ceded its Constitutional responsibility to lawmaking to Regulators and that’s where your Deep State is.
Our belief is that “Smart People” will make smart decisions. Which means that “regulations” have two aspects to them. The first is absentee government trying to define life for stupid people. And the second is Regulators using their care of (“stupid people”) as an excuse to expand their own powers and become more intrusive, more powerful, and less responsive.
Which gets to the Constitutional view that any “law” with a penalty, not voted upon by elective representatives who can be removed from office, should NOT BE A LAW OR REGULATION AT ALL. Unless, the government’s premise is all a lie. (You don’t want to be against that, lol.)
A lot of people say “face coverings” don’t help. I beg to differ – based on simple logic of direct dispersal patterns versus indirect dispersal (which implies greater dilution. But yes, this is an “edge case.”
The real answers are hunkering and distancing. We’re in what amounts to the 10th month of our self-imposed quarantine.
As we have said many times, “No such thing as 3% dead.”
Quarantine as Growth Time
We’re pretty fortunate, in many regards. I lived on a 40-foot sailboat for almost 11-years. 13-feet 5-inches wide amidships. Small spaces and I get along. (More on this in the Shop Talk article in a few minutes – there is a downside to large spaces!).
Thing is the external sense of space (even in a small condo or apartment) has nothing to do with what you, as a person, can do and accomplish.
Sure, sure. Life seems to be an external affair. That’s where meals, money, friends, and music comes from. But the internal spaces – the fields of mind – are limitless.
That’s why “head people” can do well on remote ice stations (*and in space). They have the “I’m unlimited between the ears” mentality.
I can point to a lot of things about myself (and Elaine) which have grown during our quarantine. The 3D printing site is just one. The book 100-year Toaster is another (gotta get that on Amazon one of these days). New antenna design for another.
Viruses, lockdowns (illegal, but we can demand a day in court), and political mind-tripping.
When you strip out the p0litical “soldier-gathering” – the ruse of “patriotism” what we all come down to is how we choose to life our lives.
Here? Wearing masks and decontamination is a logical mindset for us. We don’t run the car with less than half a tank of gas. We have spares for everything. Belt and suspenders. Eliminate all single-points-of-failure. It’s why we have some solar power. A water source that can’t be turned off…all the rest of the prepped and debt-free life. It’s why the garden, why the Faraday can, why the medical kit…the list goes on.
In the end, if you choose to attend large groups, go maskless, and protest like hell? Have fun. We’ll be here in the woods exploring the wide open spaces between the ears. Where the only viruses present are those injected by crooked media into mass consciousness.
One Other Health Note
To your sources of zinc, vitamin C, D3, and multi, have you ever looked at HMB?
We just got around to reading “Health Benefits of ?-Hydroxy-?-Methylbutyrate (HMB) Supplementation in Addition to Physical Exercise in Older Adults: A Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis” and decided to give it a whirl.
Of course, as always, nothing here is medical advice. Talk to your healthcare priovider. (But don’t pick a stupid one!)
Breathe when you get safe,