Sadly, Not Always Learned…
Some misinformed young woman tried to post to this blog tonight about how cloth masks do not stop the actual virus much at all and studies have proven that because the actual virus is too small.
She is right. If the virus just floated all by itself in the air, a cloth mask would not stop most of them. Of course, one single virus particle does not carry the virus load needed to infect anyone in almost all cases, but that is beside the point.
But thankfully, the transmission of the virus comes from someone who is infected talking or singing or shouting in a closed space without a mask. When a person makes a noise like that, or sneezes in the extreme cases, or coughs, a ton of spittle is sent out in to the air. Nature of the human animal.
The larger droplets with the most virus load fall quickly to the ground or a surface. (How long it stays viable on a surface depends on the surface and on a person getting a large part of that virus load on fingers and then touching their nose, eyes, and sometimes mouth.)
The smaller droplets can fly for a while, sometimes across a room if conditions are right. These small particles have a lot of the virus in them, but usually all alone one tiny spittle does not have a virus load large enough to infect a person in most cases.
That’s why the distance of six feet is so important. Gets a person out of the range of the larger, viral loaded spittle and most of the medium size stuff we all spit out when talking.
But when a person spends time breathing in a lot of these small spittle particles with virus in them, then an infection can occur.
Why the scientists say time is a factor and enclosed spaces is a factor. Outdoors with good air movement is the best.
Cloth and other types of masks, stop the small spittle particles from building up and stop a large, large percentage of them. But even if you are wearing a mask, if you are in a bunch of infected people in a small space for a prolonged amount of time, you will most likely get it.
But where a mask is critical is on the infected person.
Then most of the small and all larger particles are stopped almost completely in the mask the infected person is wearing. And if the person close by is also wearing a mask, the rate of transmission is so low as to be not counted. And if the two people are six feet away from each other, or are only passing, or in good air movement, the risk drops just about to zero.
Problem with this virus is that a large number of the people infected don’t have symptoms and thus are just walking virus spreaders. Especially younger people who think they are immune and don’t need to wear masks.
Masks aren’t everything, but they allow us to live our lives.
This poor young woman really, really wanted to school me how cloth coverings don’t stop most virus particles because a virus is too small. And she was taking me to task about promoting people wearing masks. (Not kidding.)
She is right, as I said, that a cloth mask can’t stop a single virus particle, and thank heavens the virus can’t float by itself or infect a person from a single virus in most cases. It takes a virus loa. So because the virus is spread on droplets we all spit out when we talk, we can protect ourselves and everyone around us with something as simple as wearing a mask to stop most of the droplets before we spit them into the air and into other people’s lungs.
And by washing our hands all the time, using hand sanitizer all the time, and not touching our faces, that helps on the surface stuff as well.
This really isn’t rocket science, folks, and the real information is out there.
Sorry this bored those of you smart enough to actually already study what is impacting all of us at the moment.
I guess like copyright for writers, I am stunned at how purposely ill-informed so many people want to remain about this virus. Especially when all this information is right on your computer.
And by the way, you have to wear the mask to protect others over both your nose and mouth. Can’t be under your nose. Just watch a test. They put a stick up your nose to see if you have the virus. Duh…