Beet Foundation Newz

To Mask or not to Mask. Know your gear edition.

Section: newz
Source: Jopa - Beet Foundation
Published: 2020-07-13
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Short answer: I don't care about your silly quibbling match, here is some science, decide for yourself or quit the under qualified quibbling.

If you have to put this into partisan context, you will, it is what partisans do. Either way you will be much better suited to continue the discussion while saving face, if you at least know about the small mountain of science on the subject over previous decades, better yet, read some of it.

Lets start at the beginning briefly.

The subject has been scrutinized for over a hundred years. As can be seen in this work.

History of Surgical Face Masks
The myths, the masks, and the men and women behind them
John L. Spooner


https://aornjournal.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1016/S0001-2092%2808%2971359-0


Bringing it back to now, this is a relatively balanced and new study into the issue on the CDC site. At least knowing the discussion points near the end is a good idea in the case of any plague.

"It is essential to note that the mechanisms of person-to-person transmission in the community have not been fully determined. Controversy remains over the role of transmission through fine-particle aerosols..."

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/19-0994_article


Moving on, here is a JSRM study in 2015 called "Unmasking the surgeons: the evidence base behind the use of facemasks in surgery". As well as many other related articles (note the Similar articles in PubMed section on the right and the healthy references list at the bottom, lots you could dig into from here).

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4480558/



So there you have it, all the science you can shake a stick at. If you really care about the issue, at least look through these a bit and know that there are many studies over previous decades on the subject.

All the videos and people you may see online, testing mask oxygen with meters, I will just call BS now, mostly anyway. You may find a few interesting details for R & D purposes, but the base premise is fallacy.

Just look at any altitude training or hiking guide with "Effective Oxygen %". Those meters are bleeping away at way higher rates than most Rocky Mountain folks can take at a jog. See this site with a good chart for perspective. A slightly higher elevation than Boulder, CO, for example would be bleeping away on some of those meters at 17% effective oxygen, flatlanders, sheesh.

 

http:// https://www.higherpeak.com/altitudechart.html


My take on the whole issue is that knowledge of the existing science can't hurt.

To the no mask folks I say, what if there is a time in the future that you need to know what actually works, now is as good a time as any to look into it. Even a person in Mad Max survival mode knows that, know your gear, support locals making good gear.

To the pro mask folks I say, be careful about false sense of security, it is a large point of vulnerability. Going out more often with shabby gear is hardly better than no mask by the science I see. In case of encroaching plague, know the science.

Conclusion:
Good portable gear can help in many scenarios, shabby gear can be counter productive. Consult your local techno steampunk mask designers with the references in this article for best results, buy local, be creative. Survival advice, though not medical advise.

In almost any case if you show me a cool new steam punk mask with detachable alternate intake/outtake options and washable inserts, I will be like cool, better safe than sorry. Yet pushing standard issue mask or no mask postulation does not interest me, the answer is somewhere in the middle, it should not be political.

If you care about the issue. Know the science, read up on it, know your gear, no fear.