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Masks and Covid-19

There has been a lot of information flying around about if the general public needs to wear masks, and if so what type of mask is needed.  Do I need an N-95 type mask, surgical mask, or is a Home Made mask adequate for me?

First, the Corona Covid-19 virus is amazingly small.  An N-95 Mask is able to filter the air to block the virus in the surface layers of the mask, providing that the mask is properly fit and does not have air leakage around the sides of the mask.  If you are a man with a beard, an N-95 mask will not work, as air will flow in around the sides of the mask.  If the mask is not properly fitting your face, air will seep in around the sides, so again the mask will not work.

So, if you do not know how to properly wear an n-95 mask, it will not be 100% effective.  If you do use the mask and have a good fit, you must know how to take off the mask without cross contamination, where you transfer possible viruses from the face of the mask onto your hands or other parts of your body during the removal of the mask, and thus exposing you to virus contamination, even though the mask was properly fit and working.

Well what about those surgical masks?  A surgical mask is not an N-95 mask.  It is a little over 95% effective, but will not filter out 100% of something as small as a virus.  But, why are these used in hospital surgery rooms and not N-95 masks?  The main reason to wear the surgical mask is not for the protection of the staff and doctors in the surgery room.  It is for the protection of the patient who is being operated on.  These masks are very effective at helping to contain the contaminates in the staffs breath, so they do not accidentally spread germs to the patient while the talk, cough, sneeze, and just breath around the patient.

Home make masks are about 60-75% effective in filtering the air that we are breathing in.  Obviously, this does not protect the wearer as much from external sources (other people) who may have a virus.  But, a home made mask if much more effective in containing anything we have, from being spread into the air while we talk, cough, sneeze and yes breath around other people.

So if during an outbreak such as we are experiencing now, all of us wear a Home made, or other tight knit cotton fabric mask of some type, we can all help protect everyone else, as many times, we can spread a virus, we do not know we have.  So when you see someone wearing a mask, you know that you are safer being around that person.  Still keep a safe distance as much as possible.  Then once the last person who has contacted the disease has recovered, there will be no more live virus’s to be spread.  As there is yet no vaccine, this is the only way we can get rid of this disease.  So, by everyone working together and all of us taking actions to help protect each other, we can do what modern medicine is not yet able to do.

I’m doing my part.  I’m wearing a double layer cotton home made mask when in any public space, such as the grocery store, just in case I have been exposed and do not know it, to make sure I do not spread the virus.  I would really appreciate if you would do the same.

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April 6, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Social Distancing

Yes, the new term we have all been learning is Social Distancing.  But, with the Covid-19 Virus, it is not only a good idea, it is really needed today.  Who would have though that  just a couple months ago, that the impact of a microscopic virus, could bring the world to it’s knee’s so quickly.  But understanding the impact has forced everyone’s hand on this one.  The one practice not yet adopted in the western hemisphere is the practice of wearing a filter mask when a person knows they are sick with a cold or flu bug.  I think this is a practice that will be soon imported into North America, as a practical way for individuals to help not spread their illness.

In a hospital surgery room, it has been the standard practice to wear surgical masks (not N-95) as a safety precaution.  But, the real safety has been for the patient who is having an invasive surgery of some type.  The surgical mask, helps to isolate the surgical employee from the patient, so that they do not contaminate the patient surgical site by accident.  It’s been stated that these masks, cannot filter a particle as small as a Corona Virus, but then, most if not all virus’s are carried within small droplets of moisture which have been expelled by an individual when they are talking, coughing, or sneezing.  The surgical or even a double/triple layered cloth mask can capture something as large as a small water/moisture droplet, which is light enough to hang in the air for little bit.

So, I think we can expect that our new social norm is going to become, that the person who is wearing a mask in public, is doing so to help protect everyone around them, and not for the purpose of protecting themselves.  But, in times of a pandemic, think about what good could happen if everyone started to wear a mask to help prevent the spread of a virus which has not yet resulted in any symptoms, such as what is commonly happening for a day or two, before people start to feel any symptoms from an exposure they did not know they had received.

In the future, perhaps we all will say, Thank You, to a person we see wearing a mask in public, as they are not thinking of themselves, but rather each of us.

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April 1, 2020 Posted by | cough, Illness, sick | Leave a comment

I’m still here!

Yup, I have been lax in adding any new entries in some time.   Like everyone, life can tend to intervene and take focus in other directions.  But, I am happy to stay that I am still here and willing to share my thoughts from time to time.   After all, what is time but something we perhaps spend too much time worrying about it.

 

June 4, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Black Hills of South Dakota

I’m a little slow in getting my entries, as you may notice.  So, I thought I would share some photo’s from last years vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  We stayed with the family in the Custer area, which makes a great central location for much of the Black Hills area.

And it’s only a short drive to the Badlands area as well.

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February 5, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hot Tub, What Happened to the Hot Tub?

This is the result of the the removal of the old RED hot tub Jacuzzi.

Hot Tub 2016-05-24

May 11, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lego Land

We recently acquired a few extra Lego’s for the grand-kids to play with.  We purchased a big box of lego’s for about $35.   Inside the box, there were about 20 Lego Kit’s.  Ranging anywhere from a few hundred pieces to some kits with over 1,200 pieces or more.  The only problem is these are no kits in individual boxes, but a collection of all of them mixed into the same container.  So, we had the great idea, we could simply just sort out the needed pieces, based on the instruction books.  Easier said than done!  So far we have about 6 complete kits put back together in baggies.  We are beginning to think this was not such a good idea.

April 17, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment