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Cracks in the COVID Narrative
A study conducted by the CDC acknowledged 70.6 percent of the COVID-19 patients “always” wore masks, while another 14.4 percent “often” wore them. Like the lockdowns, mask-wearing rules have failed to stop, let alone slow the spread of the virus, in terms of the number of positive “cases.”
 

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It's what several of us have said all along.

FACE MASKS DO NOT PROTECT YOU AGAINST A VIRUS!!

If they did work for stopping virus infection, then virology lab personnel would NOT have to wear HAZMAT Positive Pressure Suits when working with viruses.

I understand the general population is stupid, but GEEEZZZ.
 

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I wonder if we tested for 'normal' maladies how many people would come up positive for some condition--benign to some, deadly for others--either because they didn't know it or due false positive. The world has become target fixated on WuFlu; if you look for it and test you'll find it. That does NOT mean that people are dying--in fact, it might be a REALLY GOOD thing if you're population is developing more antigens amongst more people yet having less lethality (and would be something a legitimate scientist would be really really keen on finding out). It means the natural immunity game played between human and pathogen in your nation is actually working.

Do you have a higher (real) prevalence of the malady yet less mortality/morbidity ? That's a win in any book.

We've gone over the mask thing many times. General public mask use at best has no effect and CAN make things worse (both by preventing natural genetic mutation cycles AND providing a rich growth medium next to ones' face).

IF you wear a mask which has a good seal and routinely sterilize it at a rate significantly greater than the divisional period of the virus it CAN have a positive effect by trapping SOME aerosols. Quality single use masks in the operating room after scrubbing are an example of this. Cloth can KINDA help sometimes depending on how often it's sterilized.

But do people DO this ?

No and they won't. If your glasses fog you're getting micron plus (potentially virus laden) aerosols going right past your eyes and glasses (grabbing whatever virus lurks there) being propelled UP and forward (rather than down and out by the nose). Increasing transmission distance. And picking up more goodies along the way to boot.

NOW (with cloth masks and non-single use N95s) we've got a warm, saturated, frequently touched growth medium right next to a persons' face. Think of a Petri dish under near-ideal conditions. Rather than having the virus get out into the more toxic UV, ozone, and oxygen laden environment, we have a mass of constantly 'fed' and warmed pathogens right next to a persons' face. Now if that medium were toxic to virus multiplication (soaked in alcohol, etc.) that'd be one thing but it's not. It's probably some ratty mask washed every now and again and thrown in a pocket, glove box, purse, etc. Pulled down to talk to the cashier before being pulled up again. and then touching the keypad for the debit card and everything else in the store. So the mask gets 'fed' by everything a person breathes, everything a person touches, and is a wonderful device to accumulate virus laden moisture later to be aerosolized.

It's not like the mask traps everything you breathe--otherwise it'd weigh several pounds by now (mostly water which is heavy stuff) if you're wearing it. It reaches a level of equilibrium with exhaled water vapor. Viruses themselves go through unencumbered; it DOES retain larger micron plus droplets (in most cases with a decent cloth mask) -- so it'll only really retain LARGE particles of potential virus colonies (oh, and let them multiply happily under the warm wet conditions). The smaller aerosolized ones go through and the retained ones get to concentrate the virus as they evaporate and are eventually exhaled.

Now, if you wear one with a good seal for a short time period and immediately sanitize it, it CAN trap (and kill) concentrated virus colonies. And do some good. I don't know of anyone who does this though.

And what about those micron size particles getting exhaled ? While it might be effective in trapping large droplets propelled by a sneeze or cough (to later evaporate and be exhaled anyway) what happens to the smaller aerosolized particles ?

Well, they go further.

Ever wonder how we enrich uranium ? Separating light and heavier isotopes of the same element is pretty tricky. There were a few strategies tried. One was electromagnetic (similar to a mass spectrometer which was designed to find isotopes of stuff to begin with) -- under an electromagnetic field materials of different weight over a distance follow a different trajectory. So you can 'concentrate' them by grabbing them at different distances (the process being analogous to fractional distillation). In fact, at Oak Ridge these electromagnetic separators (Y-12) had their windings made of silver (the best conductor--borrowed from our Treasury) due to their HUGE consumption of energy (the silver later being returned with only minor losses after the war). Another is centrifugal (centrifuges have come a long way; they were primitive at the time. Now special centrifuges are a leading indicator of a nations' atomic development program and a primary means of separating U-235 from U-238). But the one tried first was gaseous diffusion (K-25). This is where Uranium is turned into a gas (Uranium Hexaflouride--nasty stuff to work with--and one of the first uses of teflon seals which were one of the few materials that could stand up to it) and passed through a pipe into zillions of small membranes which are cascaded enough to increase the concentrated U-235 (eventually, the bright idea discovered was that it was really hard to get high concentrations simply through gaseous diffusion but that K-25 could do the leg work getting U-235 concentration up to a few percent -- over an order of magnitude concentration and really significant--and then FEED Y-12 in series). The concept is that lighter particles under pressure through a membrane pass through it FASTER -- having greater velocity -- and can then be separated because they go further.

Which is exactly what happens when you sneeze (or breathe) into your mask. Smaller aerosols (and those liquids picked up along the way that are present in your virus-laden ratty mask) are propelled FURTHER than they otherwise would have been. If you don't get the uranium thing think about breathing through a straw. Yup--it catches the large droplets (providing that nice growth medium for generations of virus to be) but the smaller aerosols under pressure get to diffuse with greater velocity than they otherwise would have.

So, at best, mask use by the general public has little effect. And is probably making things worse. Now, if you're the conscientious type who sanitizes their mask several times a day AND is sure you've got a good seal (are your glasses fogging ?) then it might do some good (and some good for you). But I don't know of any of the self-righteous Karens who do this.

(I haven't had the wonderful opportunity for some mask shamer to walk up to me and explain this to them yet--but am going to look forward to it).

Have you heard this type of discussion in ANY 'science' based news media (and that there's a HUGE difference between how people might scrub in an OR and how people might use a mask in a general population--and accepting the conditions you ACTUALLY FACE ?). Nope. Just propaganda that "masks work".

Am I going to tell anyone TO or NOT TO wear a mask ? Hell no. I don't know their PERSONAL situation. And the way they wear THEIR mask might actually be doing them some good (perhaps they soak it in booze before going out and it's killing everything going through it--at least as long as the booze concentration is deadly to the particular pathogen). But if they're claiming MY mask makes them 'safer' nothing could be further from the truth.
 

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..... something a legitimate scientist would be really really keen on finding out.........
THERE is the problem.

The politicians have no desire to listen to "legitimate" scientists. They only want to hear from the crackpots that support their political agenda.
 
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that's a lot of writing just to say,,, if you read the side of the box it says the masks don't work for virus protection.
It's to tell ya why.

Since a bunch of Karens and Kathys are hell-bent on throwing 'science' my way (at least the 'science' they get from NPR and MSNBC). Perhaps they haven't wanted to read the box.

Although they're the types who the writing on the box and modern day owners manuals is made for.
 
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that's a lot of writing just to say,,, if you read the side of the box it says the masks don't work for virus protection.
It's to tell ya why.

Since a bunch of Karens and Kathys are hell-bent on throwing 'science' my way (at least the 'science' they get from NPR and MSNBC). Perhaps they haven't wanted to read the box.

Although they're the types who the writing on the box and modern day owners manuals is made for.
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