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To mask or not to mask? Again?

A few days ago, the Director of the centers for disease control and prevention and other federal health officials have recommended that a third of people are in areas with a high level of virus and should consider masking indoors. Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. Ashish Jha, the new White House coronavirus response coordinator, said that federal data showed the U.S. seven-day average of hospital admissions from Covid-19 rose about 20 percent over the previous week.(1)

 

But are you tired of masking? So to mask, or not to mask?

 

There are many mask reports that say different things. Does a mask protect you if other people are not wearing one?  Are cloth masks really not efficient?  If you do spend the time to look at the fine print of each of these reports (and combing through the original scientific reports like we have done with MIT-trained scientific rigor), you will find that none of them are perfect. Most of the reports are not perfectly controlled such that the results are definitive. However, if you look at all the various reports, we do see that pattern that community masking does reduce viruses spread. Therefore, the most important thing is to wear a mask, any mask. We would recommend that you wear the mask that is the most comfortable for you that you can keep on when near people.

 

You should wear a mask that does not give you breathing problems, does not irritate your skin, and does not fog up your glasses.  Surgical and disposable masks give you a lot of these problems, especially skin irritation. Moreover, they are not easily recyclable, and are contributing enormously to landfill. They are a huge contributor to environmental problems – something we don't want to do if we want our children and grandchildren to have a livable planet in their lifetimes.

 

Given that the most important thing to do is to wear a mask no matter what kind (something that blocks decently), and if you are really tired of mask wearing, especially unbreathable and synthetic surgical masks, we recommend wearing a washable two layer good quality cotton mask, especially one that is designed with engineering principles to be super comfortable and breathable so that you can wear it for a long time.

by Smit Mask

(1) 2022 May 18, New York Times, “US Health officials say a third of people live in areas with so much virus they should consider masks indoors"