Posted by: maboulette | May 31, 2020

Should or Should You Not Wear Masks When Out

masks

The World Health Organization is recommending healthy people, including those who don’t exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, only wear masks when taking care of someone infected with the contagion, a sharp difference from the advice given by American public health officials who recommend everyone wear a mask in public.

“If you do not have any repository symptoms such as fever, cough or runny nose, you do not need to wear a mask,” Dr. April Baller, a public health specialist for WHO, says in a video on the world health body’s website. “Masks should only be used by health care workers, caretakers or by people who are sick with symptoms of fever and cough.”

CDC

The recommendation differs from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which urges individuals to wear a mask or face covering in public settings, regardless of infection or not, to limit the spread of the virus.

“We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (‘asymptomatic’) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (‘pre-symptomatic’) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms,” the CDC mask guidance says. “In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.”

Baller noted that masks can give people a “false feeling of protection” and noted that sick individuals should wear one to prevent transmitting the virus to others.

CDC LAST MONTH

The CDC recommended last month that people wear nonsurgical face coverings when out in public after previously advising only health care workers and people exhibiting symptoms to do so. A new study suggests that wearing masks could cut COVID-19 cases by 80 percent if people heeded the advice.

“Universal masking at 80 [percent] adoption flattens the curve significantly more than maintaining a strict lockdown,” a group of international researchers wrote in the study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed.

NOTED IN OTHER COUNTRIES

The authors noted that countries and regions — Macau, Beijing, Taiwan, Singapore, and Japan — with histories of wearing masks have seen huge reductions in the number of coronavirus cases after reaching their peak.

SEPARATE STUDY

A separate study released earlier this month divided scientists on the effectiveness of wearing masks.

ASK YOUR DOCTOR

So, what the hell are we to do – two different opinions from two different groups?  I advise that you talk to your doctor.

I am beginning to believe we will never be over this virus as no one seems to know what the guidelines should be.  And do not try to get stats of any meaning.  All I wanted was daily number of deaths and new cases for last week – but NO – do not make this easy for a person – make it as difficult so no one knows what is really going on.

And that is my rant for the day!

 


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Categories

%d bloggers like this: