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Once you have lied, and people know, they will lose confidence in you, even if the intent was good.
Dr. Fauci Admits He Lied About Masks At The Beginning Of The Pandemic

Link: https://youtu.be/JwoCYlvwQWU

Important to read: “SARS-CoV-2 Infections and Serologic Responses from a Sample of U.S. Navy Service Members — USS Theodore Roosevelt, April 2020” by Daniel C. Payne, PhD1 et al. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/pdfs/mm6923e4-H.pdf

If you are dependent upon US government leaders to help you understand the behavior of viruses/respiratory diseases, you either have been failed by your biology teachers, or you failed biology, and you need to go back and review basics. If you don’t know that a respiratory virus is transmitted through breathing, cough, air, then you have been failed by your language teachers, too. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/respiration

For instance, viruses are all about their own survival and reproduction. So, it should be assumed that they would be at least somewhat contagious before symptoms appear, so that transmission is more efficient while the victim is still mobile. This is why microbes remain in the air or on surfaces, too, for various lengths of time. The problem of silent carriers has been known for a very long time, as well. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2020/05/26/typhoid-mary-asymptomatic-super-spreader/

There is a rule of thumb about survival of the fittest for viruses, but we can’t find it online, nor exactly recall the rule. But, it turns around the fact that the host must survive and be healthy long enough to effectively transmit the virus to other individuals.

It’s also common sense that small children are major carriers and transmitters of disease. Sometimes it seems as though transmission of microbes-disease is their entire function in life. Even if kids don’t appear sick, it should be obvious that they can carry and transmit infection.

What people also need to understand is that public health and individual health isn’t necessarily the same thing. Masks or vaccines may help reduce overall disease-disease transmission for the general public, but not necessarily help or perfectly protect an individual.

US Public Health has traditionally fallen to state and county health departments-officials. It has not been the realm of the federal government. One exception was sending a brochure on safe sex to all households in 1988 during the AIDS epidemic. https://web.archive.org/web/20110218113003/https://www.nytimes.com/1988/05/05/us/us-will-mail-aids-advisory-to-all-households.html It was so late into the epidemic and so basic as to be ridiculous. Apparently the US Public Health Service distributed leaflets recommending masks in 1918, as well: https://theconversation.com/mask-resistance-during-a-pandemic-isnt-new-in-1918-many-americans-were-slackers-141687

On the public health level, high quality masks were, and are, most important for frontline workers such as in hospitals, nurses, doctors, nursing care home workers, food and grocery workers. There is apparently still a shortage of quality masks/PPE for nursing care home workers, for whatever reasons – maybe because so many nursing homes are run for profit by greedy, unethical, [choose your own word]. https://www.propublica.org/article/careone-nursing-homes-said-they-could-safely-take-more-covid-19-patients-but-death-rates-soared https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_E._Straus

Proper use of masks has always been a problem, it seems: https://update.lib.berkeley.edu/2020/05/23/did-masks-work-the-1918-flu-pandemic-and-the-meaning-of-layered-interventions Trump discussed this in his televised “townhall”.

Most people also fail to acknowledge that if Trump had played up the dangers of Covid-19, encouraging everyone to panic, then there would have been no food (or toilet paper) and the entire country would have starved to death. The few wise people who grow their own food would have had their gardens raided. Thus, a fine balancing act was required. It’s also necessary to hold out a beacon of hope, especially for seniors who are in isolation.

Public health is larger than individual health. However, in a country that no longer has an identity due to high immigration levels and identity politics, it is hard to establish the proper social cohesion needed for people to think in terms of public health, rather than individual health.

Social distancing of six feet plus, and remaining outside, is the best, to the extent possible. Do curb-side pick-up of groceries, for instance, rather than going into a store. If you are anywhere where you might see another person you should have a mask and try to remain six feet plus and, if possible, upwind. Good ventilation-filtration inside, combined with social distance of 6 ft plus (2 m), and a mask, is second best. For coughs and sneezes it is best to be 25 ft plus away and outside.

Also, there are no guarantees. Above all, show respect for frontline workers in grocery stores and hospitals who cannot social distance, including by wearing some sort of mask, and being kind.

BIDEN HARRIS NEED TO BE CALLED OUT ON THEIR HIGH IMMIGRATION PLAN WHICH WILL MAKE SOCIAL DISTANCING INCREASINGLY HARD AND MAKE PREVENTING FUTURE OUTBREAKS MORE DIFFICULT. THUS THEY ARE LYING WHEN THEY CLAIM TO CARE ABOUT PUBLIC HEALTH. EACH NEW IMMIGRANT CAN BRING IN THEIR ENTIRE EXTENDED FAMILY OVER TIME AND MASKS CANNOT REPLACE SOCIAL DISTANCING. 53 million new immigrants in the FAIR analysis is actually a near term and low ball number. Family joining from poor overcrowded countries is higher and each new person can sponsor more. They pool their funds to immigrate in a chain and marry accordingly, too. Harris supported S386 which doubles per country maximum family joining. Green cards means people are permanent. This cannot be fixed or undone, once it’s done. https://www.fairus.org/press-releases/numbers-fair-analysis-biden-harris-immigration-plan-reveals-very-big-numbers

ONE IMPORTANT THING THAT EVERYONE FAILS TO MENTION IS THAT IF YOU (OR SOMEONE ELSE) TURN ON A FAUCET WITH DIRTY HANDS AND YOU CLOSE IT WITH CLEAN HANDS THEN YOU ARE PUTTING GERMS BACK ON YOUR HANDS. SO, EITHER YOU TURN ON THE FAUCET WITH A PAPER OR A CUP, ETC., OR YOU TURN IT OFF WITH A CLEAN PAPER, OR BOTH. THE BEST IS AN AUTOMATED FAUCET OR ONE WITH FOOT PEDALS. WHEN I WORKED IN A HOSPITAL WE WERE TAUGHT BY THE INFECTION CONTROL OFFICER TO CUT THE FAUCET OFF WITH A CLEAN PAPER. WHEN YOU ARE AT HOME YOU CAN OPT TO DO THE OPPOSITE BUT YOU MUST HAVE CONSISTENT RULES FOR EVERYONE IN THE HOUSEHOLD.

This blog post doesn’t constitute medical advice. Only you can be responsible for your own decisions made based upon the information that you have available at the moment. Do the best you can, respect others, and say your prayers. Panic and worry weakens your immune system, which is your first and best line of defense. Learn the basics of respiratory infections and hygiene/infection control to make wise decisions on your own.

The USA was a frontier society built by tough jack-of-all-trades do-it-yourself people, not those who can’t figure out how to change light bulbs on their own.

Additional food for thought:
(This was pre Hepa filters):
Mask skepticism was officially sanctioned by the Surgeon General of the US Navy in a 1919 report:
“No evidence was presented which would justify compelling persons at large to wear masks during an epidemic. The mask is designed only to afford protection against a direct spray from the mouth of the carrier of pathogenic microorganisms … Masks of improper design, made of wide-mesh gauze, which rest against the mouth and nose, become wet with saliva, soiled with the fingers, and are changed infrequently, may lead to infection rather than prevent it, especially when worn by persons who have not even a rudimentary knowledge of the modes of transmission of the causative agents of communicable diseases.”
Epidemiological and Statistical Data, US Navy, 1918,” Reprinted from the Annual Report of the Surgeon General, US Navy, (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1919) 434.” Read more here: https://update.lib.berkeley.edu/2020/05/23/did-masks-work-the-1918-flu-pandemic-and-the-meaning-of-layered-interventions/

One difficulty in the use of the face mask is the failure of cooperation on the part of the public. When, in pneumonia and influenza wards, it has been nearly impossible to force the orderlies or even some of the physicians and nurses to wear their masks as prescribed, it is difficult to see how a general measure of this nature could be enforced in the community at large.” William T. Vaughan, Influenza: An Epidemiologic Study, (Baltimore, MD: American Journal of Hygiene Monographic Series, No.1, 1921) 241. https://update.lib.berkeley.edu/2020/05/23/did-masks-work-the-1918-flu-pandemic-and-the-meaning-of-layered-interventions/

On the USS Theodore Roosevelt in 2020: “Prevalence of previous or current infection was higher among participants who reported contact with someone known to have COVID-19 (64.2%), compared with those who did not (41.7%) (OR = 2.5; 95% CI = 1.1–5.8); prevalence was also higher among persons who reported sharing the same sleeping berth with a crewmember who had positive test results (65.6%), compared with those who did not (36.4%) (OR = 3.3; 95% CI = 1.8–6.1). Lower odds of infection were independently associated with self-report of wearing a face covering (55.8% versus 80.8%; OR = 0.3; 95% CI = 0.2–0.5), avoiding common areas (53.8% versus 67.5%; OR = 0.6; 95% CI = 0.4–0.9), and observing social distancing (54.7% versus 70.0%; OR = 0.5; 95% CI = 0.3–0.8), compared with service members who did not report these behaviors.” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 714 MMWR  /  June 12, 2020  /  Vol. 69  /  No. 23 US Department of Health and Human Services/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention SARS-CoV-2 Infections and Serologic Responses from a Sample of U.S. Navy Service Members — USS Theodore Roosevelt, April 2020
Daniel C. Payne, PhD1; Sarah E. Smith-Jeffcoat, MPH1; Gosia Nowak, MPH2; Uzo Chukwuma, MPH2; Jesse R. Geibe, MD2; Robert J. Hawkins, PhD, DNP2; Jeffrey A. Johnson, PhD1; Natalie J. Thornburg, PhD1; Jarad Schiffer, MS1; Zachary Weiner, PhD1; Bettina Bankamp, PhD1; Michael D. Bowen, PhD1; Adam MacNeil, PhD1; Monita R. Patel, PhD1; Eric Deussing, MD2; CDC COVID-19 Surge Laboratory Group; Bruce L. Gillingham, MD2 https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/pdfs/mm6923e4-H.pdf