A surgeon’s valuable information and opinion on wearing masks

For information, Unmasking Masks provides an American surgeon’s background and professional insights upon wearing masks. It’s a very helpful excellent explicit report and warrants reading in full, part of which reads (emphases mine):

 ‘…Back in 2007, we suggested that the nation stockpile N95 masks. No one listened. We’re now incapable of manufacturing those masks. They’re all made in China. So now, we can wear a cheesecloth mask, and we’re told that we’re saving our nation.

‘I personally have no problem with wearing a mask if and when it’s truly needed. It just has to be the right mask, an N95 or greater. And yet, these masks are distinctly uncomfortable and add an additional strain on your system. They make it harder to breathe, or in research terms, impede gaseous exchange. I often have to stop surgery to adjust my mask and “catch my breath,” I’ve been wearing masks for all of my professional life, so it’s easier for me. I’m not everyone, though…

‘Today, we’re constantly bombarded by recommendations and even orders to wear masks when outdoors. Los Angeles County, New York, and St. Louis all are implementing indoor mask mandates—again. There was a time when we were told to wear them outside, even if alone. I’ve even seen people driving alone in a car wearing a mask.

The problem with the best of intentions is that they can often lead to poor judgment. What constitutes a mask in the setting of COVID-19 restrictions? It’s worth unmasking masks….

‘So, in effect, we’ve upended our entire world to enact policies with limited impact, meaning that the cost associated with implementing them isn’t offset by the proposed gains.

‘COVID-19 is bad. It’s absolutely horrible, especially if you’re older and have underlying medical conditions that make you more vulnerable. The good news is that, for most of us, it will only be a mild infection, such as the flu. The chance for a young person under 40 to die from COVID-19 can be as low as 0.01 percent and even lower if vaccinated.

‘The unintended consequences of the draconian measures from this pandemic are tragic...[We’re aware of their causing friends’ family severe dysfuncion, even physical attacks upon one another, all because hospital told a vulnerable young adult to keep well away from family members in the same small house – SINCE MARCH 2020!]

>The issue we have is defining when is mask-wearing warranted? Forcing vaccinated people, or those who have recovered from COVID-19 to wear a mask, makes little sense, other than making some people feel more secure. Forcing a 2-year-old to wear a mask is asinine, to say the least…. Cloth masks, or even surgical masks, are like tying a rope around your waist while driving and claiming it’s a seat belt. ‘It also isn’t too much of an exaggeration to say wearing a Gucci style face-covering, such as Nancy Pelosi has, is like asking an X-ray technician to wear grandmother’s kitchen apron when taking X-rays.

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