Mask zealots claim that masks filter respiratory droplets that spread COVID-19. Sometimes, the fanatics dispense with science, altogether. Sometimes, they make lazily misinformed arguments to mollify psychotics clamoring to flatten the toddler menace. The fact remains that facemasks are fairly useless at filtering most exhaled infectious particles (including the yet-to-be unveiled COVID-19 Voldemort variant), to wit:
- COVID-19 is spread by aerosols (not respiratory droplets).
- Masks poorly filter aerosols.
- Therefore, masks poorly filter COVID-19 (failing at a level approximating catastrophe).
Hence, get a grip on yourself and don’t smother the toddlers. (What kind of lunatic smothers toddlers, anyway?)
In his mask order, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, noted bachelor of political science, cited the only science he knows – money:
We have learned that widespread mask use is a low cost and highly effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infections by as much as 65%. Broad adoption of mask wearing in Colorado may have significant economic benefits … A recent study from [noted investment bankers and scientists] Goldman Sachs concluded that a federal mask mandate could save the U.S. economy [mucho big bucks].
The flaming dumpster fire of public health that is Colorado’s Tri County Health have ordered masks for toddlers to flatten the toddler menace. They cited the standard (muh “science”) argument to justify suffocating toddlers:
Whereas, scientific evidence shows that the wearing of facial coverings by individuals assists in reducing virus transmission by reducing the spread of respiratory droplets; …
They are, of course, embarassingly wrong and (obviously) caving into political pressure from the influential mass psychosis lobby.
The actual science (for what it’s worth, which is very little, since facts matter not at all to psychotics clamoring to flatten toddler development) is that most exhaled particles are aerosols:
The majority of droplets from human expiratory activities are very small, being in low micrometer and high sub-micrometer ranges. Where Papineni and Rosenthal [an earlier study] found that 80–90% of droplets were smaller than 1 μm [micron], the current study agrees, showing that these smallest particles are located within an aerosol mode, centered in the range 0.1–1 μm [one micron or less].
So, these nanoparticles are not “respiratory droplets” but aerosols (much, much smaller – teeny, tiny like the reasoning ability of a psychotic toddler smotherer).
Most viral transmission is by aerosols (not respiratory droplets).
Infection control guidelines have stated that most respiratory infections are transmitted by respiratory droplets. … These recommendations have been based on old data and inferences. … Humans produce infectious aerosols in a wide range of particle sizes, but pathogens predominate in small particles (<5 μm that are immediately respirable by exposed individuals…
The most probable mechanism to explain the presence of pathogens in exhaled breath is that the opening of collapsed bronchioles [in the lungs, not Dr. Fauci’s nasopharynx] generates aerosols ...
This leaves us with the sad fact that masks are ineffective (except at satisfying “mask as fashion accessory” covens and the Pandemic Taliban’s Karen Brigade). The Danish mask study, a large observational study of mask effectiveness against COVID-19 found:
The recommendation to wear surgical masks to supplement other public health measures did not reduce the SARS-CoV-2 infection rate among wearers by more than in a community with modest infection rates, some degree of social distancing, and uncommon general mask use. The data were compatible with lesser degrees of self-protection.
In other words, they are ineffective. (If you want a fashion accessory, buy a scarf or a tie or a hat.)
So, seriously, stop smothering children. In a sane world, that’s child abuse. In a world of mass psychosis, that’s “science” and trusting “the experts”. (A thinking cap sounds like a good fashion accessory, too.)