- 3 months ago
I put mask in quotes because Fauci, who stopped just short of stating everyone should be doing this yesterday, and others are not referring to medical masks needed elsewhere, almost anything will do. If you don’t have a scarf or bandana or dust mask cut up an old bed sheet or tea towel and fashion something to cover your nose and mouth to help protect those working in grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, driving buses, etc., etc. and to generally help slow the spread and protect our health care professionals. You may not need it and you may not be an asymptomatic spreader, perhaps you’ll inspire someone who IS to do it. We’re all in this together.
…”However, more and more health experts now say there are benefits. They argue that the public use of masks can primarily help by preventing asymptomatic patients – people who have been infected with Covid-19 but are not aware, and not displaying any symptoms – from unknowingly spreading the virus to others.
Masks may also help lower the risk of individuals catching the virus through the droplets from another person’s sneeze or a cough – and people can be taught how put masks on and take them off correctly, they argue.
On Thursday New York mayor Bill de Blasio urged all New Yorkers to cover their faces when outside and near others, but not to use surgical masks, which are in short supply.
“It could be a scarf. It could be something you create yourself at home. It could be a bandana,” he said.
“It doesn’t need to be a professional surgical mask. In fact, we don’t want you to use the kind of masks that our first responders need.
Meanwhile, residents in Laredo, Texas will now face a $1,000 (£816) fine if they fail to cover their noses and mouths while outside, after city officials issued an emergency ordinance to its approximately 250,000 residents this week.”