Friday, July 24, 2020

Wearing surgical mask for SARS CoV-2 / COVID 19; Ignorance, Stupidity and Effective Protection

The wise man without knowledge admits his ignorance and seeks to learn, the ignoramus admits to no ignorance and insists on correcting those with knowledge.

Never in my life have I experienced a greater display of measurable differences between wise persons and ignoramuses than the opportunities for such demonstrations provided by the SARS CoV-2 virus / COVID-19 ailment panic. The erudite person can now judge the book by its cover because the synopsis of the content is displayed on the cover.

In this instance it is literally displayed on the face. By the time you complete reading this you will be endowed with the knowledge that will allow you to look in the mirror and judge whether you see the image of an intellectual or an ignoramus.

Since early March of this year I have mocked, ridiculed and otherwise degraded the peons who frame themselves as more enlightened, more socially responsible, and better protected from the transmission of the SARS CoV-2 virus because they wear surgical type masks.

I do this because of the knowledge I possess based upon a course of lifelong study across numerous domains. Additionally, I have instituted 20 year boycotts of businesses who insult intelligent customers by requiring them to wear surgical masks under the guise that it is to prevent the spread of the SARS CoV-2 virus. Boycotts of 15 years are in effect for businesses located within a jurisdiction in which ignoramus politicians imposed a surgical type mask requirement on customers.

I am now severing relationships with people who abide by, endorse or willfully choose to display their stupidity by wearing a surgical mask under the guise of preventing the spread of the SARS CoV-2 virus. Although likely that many simply wear masks in an effort to satisfy a social expectation that they are “doing their part” what they are doing is being fake and perpetuating stupidity.

Intelligence is contagious. Although highly heritable overall there are some metrics of intelligence which are environmentally impacted during adulthood. This is why neurologists recommend that adults maintain cognitive and logical challenges to their brain throughout their lifespan. These challenges can be promoted or inhibited by the company you keep. Hence I try to be around people more intelligent than me or at least those seeking to be so.

So how do I KNOW that these people are ignoramuses and stupid for wearing surgical masks under these conditions for their stated or implicit purposes? It’s knowledge and experience.

Think back to when people didn’t wear surgical masks in public places and in gatherings of people. Quite simply, think of when surgeons and those involved in surgical procedures wore surgical masks. Hence the name - Duh! Now try to recall the times that you were able to see, with your unaided eye, sprays or splatters being emitted from either yours or another person’s body through laceration, sneezing, coughing or spitting.

From those experiences filter out what didn’t occur in line at the bank, while sitting in a theater or the other venues where people are recently seen wearing surgical type masks. What remains? Is it that time in the grocery store when one customer was beating another over the head with a hammer and blood was being splattered about?

I have airborne contaminant experiences that likely surpasses the common individual. I used to do body work on cars using Bondo or other chemicals to make repairs and then sanding with up to 1200 grit paper before spraying on a coat of paint. I had N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs) and even Tyvek body suits with hoods and respirator hoses that attach to a mechanical air filtering system. I also have an NBC [Nuclear, Biological, Chemical] suit that would be suitable for me to wear when handling Anthrax or other biological pathogens. I have worn specific protective gear when cleaning up a former Meth house or removing asbestos. Finally, as I am a biological organism, I have naturally made the study of human biology including the microbiome a lifelong activity.

There is something I knew about the SARS CoV-2 virus and the surgical or N95 type masks that led me to ridicule people for wearing them. To determine the efficacy of forms of respiratory protective gear is to first see if they pass the smoke test. That will help establish a particle resistance baseline.

If you are considering wearing a mask for protection against transmission of the SARS CoV-2 virus you should first test your knowledge about the properties of what you are trying to filter. First test your knowledge of the size of the SARS CoV-2 virus? What is it? Then move on to the size of a typical smoke particle? What is that? Finally, determine which is larger?

I already knew the answer to that final question long ago but I researched the answers to the other questions so I could give you the warrants for my fore drawn conclusion.

So here is the relevant information. The SARS-CoV-2 virion is approximately 50–200 nanometres in diameter. A typical wood smoke particle is about 400 to 700 nanometers in diameter. Thus, the SARS CoV-2 virus is much smaller than a smoke particle.

If you want to determine whether a particle can pass through a selected protective membrane then use a larger detectable particle as a test measure. You should now be thinking that where there is smoke there may be a SARS CoV-2 virion. Now you know the basis for the smoke test and you may conduct one yourself.

To do so place the selected mask on yourself as you normally do or anticipate how you would normally wear it, set a piece of paper on fire to create smoke and then see if you can smell it. Rather, to make this more scientific have another person create the smoke in a sealed room in your house [make sure forced air systems are turned off] and then take you, blindfolded, into various rooms and have you identify which room or rooms contained the smoke. Be sure that the burnt paper remains in the room and that a new piece is used for any other room if more than one is to be contaminated with smoke. This should eliminate false positive results from crossover and from any expectation which may happen from you knowing in which room you made the smoke.

So did you smell smoke? If so then the smoke test tells you that the much smaller SARS CoV-2 virions bypass completely or go through the filtering membrane of the selected mask.

If you don’t want to test masks then there is another way to gain knowledge about whether a surgical type mask will inhibit the spread of the SARS CoV-2 virus through inhalation or exhalation. That is to check with the U.S. Government which has this to say about them:
“While a surgical mask may be effective in blocking splashes and large-particle droplets, a face mask, by design, does not filter or block very small particles in the air that may be transmitted by coughs, sneezes, or certain medical procedures.” [emphasis added] This advisory went on to state that N95 masks are designed to offer some protection from small particles. Keep this thought in mind; “surgical masks” are designed to not protect against the transmission of small vapor particles while N95 masks are designed to inhibit some small vapor particles.

The “small particles” referred to in that quote by the US Government does not refer to the virus particle but a water vapor droplet as is typically expelled by a person during a sneeze or cough. These are the droplets that you can see by exhalling onto a cold piece of glass. They can each carry thousands of virions.

Those small mucosal particles expelled from coughing or sneezing which range from 0.5 - 20 micrometers can remain in the air for long periods. In measuring the virion and smoke particles I used a nanometer as a measurement. A nanometer is 1/1000 of a micrometer. So doing the conversion to nanometers we find that the mucosal particle can be up 20,000 nanometers or 100 to 400 times larger than the SARS CoV-2 virion.

Quite clearly what the U.S. Government is saying is that BY DESIGN a surgical mask is meant to block large particle droplets [those which can be seen by the unaided eye at a distance] but that they do not filter [meaning small particles pass through the membrane] or block [meaning that air can bypass the loose fitting mask] small particles [which are up to 20,000 nanometers] emitted by coughs or sneezes. Sneezes can project air particles [with numerous virus particles attached] at up to 200mph with such great force as to project the mask away from the face both forcing particles through and around the mask. If you are cutting into an infected body that may be pumping blood at 150psi [about 5 times the pressure in a car tire] and it sprays across your face the surgical mask, by design, is meant to block transmission of the virus from those blood droplets. That is why it is called a “surgical mask”.

So, now that you know that the US Government says that “surgical masks” by design do not prevent the transmission of small particles [which are up to 20,000 nanometers] you may be wondering why anyone would recommend wearing them to protect against passing a 50-200 nanometer virion. It could be that those making the recommendation want the virus to spread but I am not making any conspiracy claims. I have a different claim. Before I get to that I present an anecdote about a hospital practice.

A friend of mine spent a few days at Witham Hospital in Lebanon, Indiana following a surgery recently. She was not required to wear any type of mask while in her room. Numerous staff members who came into her room did not wear masks. When she was out of her room she was required to wear a mask. The surgeons and associated staff wore surgical masks. Other staff who wore masks generally wore the N95 type. Apparently those in a professional medical setting must know something about the futility of wearing a surgical mask for purposes other than surgery.

Finally, I close with two more quotes from the US Government. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that the general public wear N95 respirators to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including coronavirus.” Next is a quote from a paper about whether a protective recommendation should be made. “However, the cost of following this recommendation would be considerable, especially when extending the scope of measure to all people with risk of infection around the world.” So is the motivation to actually reduce the transmission or just give a low cost appearance that one is trying to achieve that goal? Hmmmmmm. Well a few days ago I did write about covert intentions.

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