I’m continuing my discussion of masks from my last blog because of receiving such a large response. People are tuned into this subject.
I recently had a couple of discussions about the fact that doctors have been wearing masks for over a hundred years. They do so because they know, and have known for a long time, how effective masks are at preventing infection. People wore them during the flu pandemic in 1918. I remember my tonsillectomy in 1960. The doctors and nurses all had masks on, and they weren’t N95s.
The N95 masks used today have only been around since 1992, but statistics are showing that the double layered cloth masks we wear are nearly as effective. Here’s why. The Covid 19 virus particles, as minuscule as they are, are carried through the air by larger droplets – our body fluids, saliva, sneezes, aerosols – all of which are stopped by the cloth masks. Not 100% of the time, of course, but in combination with social distancing and hand washing, cloth masks are highly effective.
In just over a week, it is Thanksgiving. There is so much to be thankful for this year, I find it hard to know where to begin. People have been hit by hurricane after hurricane, fire after fire, all on top of trying to avoid Covid 19. It hasn’t been easy to be strong and positive this year, and yet I see signs of great compassion all across the world. I see people helping the less fortunate, communities coming together to help those in need, teachers learning entire new skill sets in order to continue teaching our children, businesses adapting in order to keep their customers healthy. I see goodness everywhere I look, and there in lies the key. You have to look. You have to be willing to open your mind, open your heart, and look around. Not only is there some way you can help, and plenty in need of help, but there is someone out there already helping. Join them. We are mighty together.
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