If the virus cannot get inside our lungs, it cannot infect us. The primary method of transmission is by human breathing. It is a respiratory virus. The virus is not alive. It is inert and “driven” to reproduce by spreading among humans. As fewer humans are available to infect, spreading will decline. It “waits” for us to give it an opportunity to spread. National Mandatory Face Masks Keep Covid-19 From Spreading.
Compared with other viruses, not many people
die from Covid, about 0.6%. The flu is about 0.01%. If more people died, we would be much more willing to wear face masks, avoid crowded interiors, etc. We are very lucky that a relatively low percentage of people die with Covid. The death rate for the 1918 Spanish Flu was 6.5%. SARS was 10%.
ANOTHER PRIMARY REASON: FACE MASKS OR SHUTDOWNS. WHICH IS WORSE?
ASSUME EVERYONE IS INFECTED, INCLUDING YOURSELF, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS.
50% have no symptoms and don’t know they are infected.
Face Masks keep the virus from spreading and primarily keep other people safe if you are infected. Face Masks can protect you from infected people coughing and sneezing in your face.
Fall/winter surges is not new. They occurred in the 1919 Spanish Flu and is currently happening in Europe.
We are all waiting for a vaccine or multiple vaccines to become available. We will still need to wear face masks. Vaccines will not be available to everyone until mid- or late 2121. The transmission will decline as more people are vaccinated. The virus will probably always be around, such the flu viruses.
Not everyone will be protected by a vaccine. We will still need to wear face masks. The measles vaccine is 97% effective with two doses. The flu vaccine is about 50% effective. If 100 people get Covid vaccine shots that are 50% effective, 50 will not be immune. If 50% of 100 people refuse to take the vaccine, 50 people will not be immune. That does not leave many that are resistant to infection.
President Trump declared a National Emergency on March 13 – voluntary, but many complied
Remember when most of us stayed at home in March 2020? This was much, much worse than wearing face masks. March 13 WHO declared a pandemic. On March 13, 2020, effective March 1, President Trump Issued a Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency. March 16, 2020, he announced that voluntary social distancing guidelines were to be in place for 15 days.
It was not about face masks, but many people stayed at home as much as possible. This was much, much more inconvenient than wearing a face mask when outside your home.
Fauci recommends national mandatory face masks
Fauci did not recommend a national mask mandate until late October 2020 because of enforcement difficulties.
Mask mandates may be tricky to enforce, but it might be time to call for them, Fauci said. “There’s going to be a difficulty enforcing it, but if everyone agrees that this is something that’s important and they mandate it and everybody pulls together and says, you know, we’re going to mandate it but let’s just do it, I think that would be a great idea to have everybody do it uniformly,” he said.
My personal experience
I just look in the mirror. I did not always wear one until they were mandatory in my county on April 10, 2020. After the mandate, within a few days everyone in my city, including myself, wore masks. My test was going to the same local grocery store every Sunday morning. After a few days, they had an employee outside checking for masks, but everyone wore them.
Face coverings were mandated June 19 outside your home. Within a few days all walkers, joggers, people in parks, etc. were wearing them. You could take them off (usually hanging below your chin) if you were not within 6 ft. of another person not in your household.
My county was one of the first counties in the country (along with 7 other Bay Area counties) to start shelter in place on March 17, 2020. Very, very few people don’t wear face masks. We recently started very limited indoor dining, gyms, theaters, etc. I am used to everyone wearing masks.
In California, there is 90% compliance with mandatory face masks per the survey project below, even though many parts of the state are rural “red” counties.
Survey Project Tracks Testing and Mask-Wearing by state
Data from Carnegie Mellon’s CovidCast, an academic project tracking real-time coronavirus statistics, has good illustrations of how mask usage influences the prevalence of covid-19 symptoms in a state.
The survey tracks the percentage of state residents who say they wear a mask in public all or most of the time and the percentage who say they know someone in their community with virus symptoms (on the vertical axis). Respondents are recruited from facebook.
I live in California, in a county that has not loosened up much until October. Restaurants could have indoor dining. Gyms could to open. However only a limited number of people are allowed (typically 25% or less). State guidelines have different levels for each county.
Click here for a list of each state’s Face mask policy plus links to their rules.
Good article on the survey plus excellent graphics and a list of states comparing % of Symptoms and % wearing masks To read Click here Note: some “political” comments, but an excellent article including details on the statistical analysis. See what is happening in your state.
Read survey details from the group that did the survey. Graphics and tables are better in the article above, which used the survey data for its more usable tables and graphics.
Biden “not ruling out” a national mask mandate
Excerpt: Former Vice President Joe Biden is not ruling out the possibility of instituting a federal mask mandate if elected in November to deliver on previous calls for nationwide mask use as the country continues to grapple with the impacts of COVID-19.
Biden also said, “First, I’ll go to every governor and urge them to mandate mask-wearing in their states, and, if they refuse, I’ll go to the mayors and county executives and get local mask requirements in place nationwide.”