Jeepers, I am really perturbed by all this now, quite frankly.
First, there is a question about face mask safety.
In an article (dated November 16, 2018) that was in reference to the California wildfires, SFgate notes:
1.Scarves, bandannas, tissues, and anything not marked N95 or better (N100, P99, P100, etc.) are not helpful. “Surgical masks that trap small particles are designed to filter air coming out of the wearer’s mouth and do not provide a good seal to prevent inhalation of small particles or gases in smoke. ” (CA Dept. of Public Health).
2.People with breathing problems (ironically) are discouraged from wearing a mask without getting a doctor’s recommendation. In one statement, CA Dept. of Public Health writes, “Wearing a mask may actually be harmful to some people with heart or lung disease because it can make the lungs work harder to breathe.” A doctor will look at the patient’s condition, ability to draw in air, and guide them on how to make it fit right if recommended.
3. Small children should not wear masks. California’s Dept. of Public Health points out, “Children should not wear these masks – they do not fit properly and can impede breathing. If the air quality is poor enough that a child requires a mask, the child should remain indoors, in a safe place, and evacuation should be considered.”
4. People indoors should not wear masks. (The air isn’t as bad indoors, and the masks can restrict breathing and increase breathing carbon dioxide making you feel worse, not better).
5. People with beards shouldn’t wear masks (the air is going to come from around the edges, and not be filtered anyway, and the mask will then just make breathing hard with no real filtering). Of course, you could wear a half- or full-face mask like what’s used for asbestos removal, but this seems pretty drastic.
Here’s the background. “The Sacramento County Public Health Officer does not recommend use of N95 respirator masks for the general public,” read a confusing statement issued this week.
We talked to a doctor to parse the oddly conflicting public health statements.
“I’m recommending it for my patients, said Dr. Fred Herkowitz who specializes in treating pulmonary disease in Oakland. “For people with lung disease (the N95 mask) is still better than anything out there.”
He points out what other health workers point out, “The situation is we tell all people that we give an N95 mask to that if they have trouble breathing because the mask is tight then they shouldn’t wear it. But that’s different than saying they shouldn’t be worn.”
Sacramento County said, “N95 respirator can make it more difficult for the wearer to breathe due to carbon dioxide buildup, which reduces the intake of oxygen, increased breathing rates and heart rates.” The bottom line is, if you have lung disease, ask your doctor.
You can go to the link for the rest of the article.
The CDC states:
Particulate respirators are the simplest, least expensive, and least protective of the respirator types available. These respirators only protect against particles. They do not protect against chemicals, gases, or vapors, and are intended only for low hazard levels. The commonly known “N-95” filtering facepiece respirator is one type of particulate respirator, often used in hospital to protect against infectious agents. Particulate respirators are “air-purifying respirators” because they clean particles out of the air as you breathe. Even if you can’t see the particles, there may be too many in the air for this respirator to provide adequate protection.
Breathing through a respirator is harder than breathing in open air. People with lung diseases such as asthma or emphysema, elderly people, and others may have trouble breathing. Some people with claustrophobia may not be able to wear a mask or hooded respirator. Some people with vision problems may have trouble seeing while wearing a mask or hood (there are special masks for people who need glasses).
Now, given the possible harm that wearing the respirator mask could do, then government officials including mayors of Boston and Somerville and others ordering people to have to wear a mask or face a large government theft of their money is a criminal threat, and they and all the other mayors or governors ordering people to have to wear a face mask should be criminally charged.
“Somerville is the most densely populated city in New England, with more than 80,000 residents in a 4.1 square mile area. To date, 522 residents in the city have tested positive for COVID-19, with six confirmed fatalities,” according to WGBH News in an April 27th, 2020 article. So what the hell is the concern in Somerville?
And several studies now are confirming that the COVID-19 coronavirus is widespread in the U.S. now. Many people have the virus, but most of them don’t know it and don’t have symptoms, or have mild “flu-like” symptoms, because it really is another form of the flu.
Of those who have it severely enough to have to go to the hospital, like they can’t breathe and are gasping for air and need oxygen, 94% of those are people with preexisting serious illnesses or conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or obesity, and/or are elderly. Obesity has been found to be the largest factor.
And “one in every five of New York state’s COVID-19 fatalities died inside a nursing home,” according to NY Daily News.
In other words, most of the people who are dying of COVID-19 are elderly and obese people.
Illinois is just one of many states imposing fascist home imprisonment decrees for no reason other than to please the Rulers’ obsession and hunger for power. Out of a population of 12.6 million in Illinois, there are now 1,983 deaths in the “Prairie State,” as of today. It’s a FLU! Enough of this over-hype, fear-mongering and fascist orders by parasite creeps!
In the Land of Lincoln, a judge ruled in favor of a state rep who sued the state over the stay-at-home order. Gov. Pritzker, who looks quite obese himself, said that because of the judge ruling in favor of the people’s right to go back to work, “It’s dangerous and people’s safety and health have now been put at risk.”
Sorry Gov, you have it BACKWARDS! It is these fascist house arrests and home confinements that are putting people at risk!
These rotten, no-good governors and mayors have not taken into account the extra illnesses and emergencies they are causing with such orders. All the stress-related heart attacks, strokes, missed screenings and medical appointments and cancer treatments and mental health issues including suicides, an increase in child abuse and spousal abuse, and alcoholism and drug abuse. These governors and mayors, THEY are killing people, these criminal government bureaucrats (sorry for the redundancy)!
So let’s impeach or recall (or criminally charge, try, convict and jail) all the governors and mayors with their stay-at-home orders or “advisories.”
Why are these idiot politicians doing all this to us? They are CRIMINALS and they need to be in JAIL!