Everyone should wear masks. The main reason that people don’t is vanity.
According to CDC, face masks work in protecting yourself from virus infection. Note that a face mask is not necessarily the same as respirators. An N95 mask is a respirator.
A mask does these things:
- It reduces the chance that you get infected, even though it is not perfect
- It reduces inoculum (viral load), which reduces how sick you get, even if you get infected. Watch: https://youtu.be/efaDuE-XEi4?t=1193 Summary: At time of infection, if you get hit with 100 virus particles, versus 100,000 virus particles, you will be less sick.
- It reduces the number of people that you will infect, because you don’t know for the first few days that you are contagious, after getting infected. The mask reduces the inoculum that you spray into the air.
All of the above benefits help “flatten the curve”.
It can be a construction, painter’s or homemade mask. It doesn’t have to be surgical mask. Any mask, even a scarf, is better than nothing. It may sound funny, but a Halloween mask is better than nothing.
It is no coincidence that everyone in the Asian countries, which have tiny numbers of infected, wear masks. Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore knew that it was important that everyone in public wear masks. You cannot “flatten the curve” if the public has a high R (infectious rate) or get very sick (from getting hit with high inoculum levels), both of which masks reduce. Hence, their governments made masks available and told everyone to wear them.
Note the woman shopper in the photo of this article about Taiwan.
Notice that her mask is not a medical ask. Any mask helps, as it limits the inoulum that she is spraying into the air, if she is infected.
In Taiwan, people are still going to work and school. They can go to restaurants. They aren’t worried about “flattening the curve”. Meanwhile, we are freaked out, trapped in our homes and our economy is cratering.
As Chris Martenson said: “Why is face mask use – proven effective at stopping disease – not being promoted for general use? Because the government failed to stockpile and had no plan for how to ramp up production, and chose to shame the public into not buying masks instead of being honest.”