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Some Things To Know About Masks During Covid-19

Face coverings/masks

Face coverings/masks

Lately there has been an onslaught of misinformation and confusion about masks and mask wearing during this pandemic. It has gotten so bad that CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) gave a report about how: "officers fatally shot a 73-year-old man in Haliburton County on Wednesday morning ... The man had refused to wear a mask and allegedly assaulted a grocery store employee before driving away, Ontario Provincial Police say."

We're starting to attack and kill each other over masks. Sigh ... I am nearly left speechless. I have to go on though, writing and living so, let's decipher some things about masks. It could help everyone.

In the photo I posted with this piece of writing, I gave four examples of masks/face coverings. There is a simple bandana, which can be used as a mask. Then, there is a regular medical mask (the bluish one, on the top right), which anyone would see their dentist use, or nurses in hospitals. On the bottom left, is my gas mask and to the right of it (bottom right) is a 3M, P95 Respirator mask.

There are more kinds of masks out there but I tried to cover from the most basic, to the more efficient types of masks. I really do wish people will understand when the need for masks is and what kind of mask is needed in any given circumstance. This is critical for all our well being.

Also what is critical, is to know how to use masks. We cannot have people throwing masks around in parking lots, parks, or leaving them behind wherever they wish. Theoretically these masks could be infected. Thus, we need to properly dispose of them and not leave them sitting around for others to come and touch them, or come in contact with them in any way. And before we put a mask on, as well as before we take the mask off, we have to sanitize our hands. The mask has to be kept as sterile as possible: do not fiddle with it, do not play with it, or your face for that matter. It is not a toy for Halloween. Right now we are going through a pandemic that has killed just about a million people world wide and it has not stopped. How many more people have to die?! It would also be nice to see less people wearing the masks as chin coverings, or bandanas for the forehead.

Now, if I am going to the grocery store, or in a mall as I did a few hours ago, I put on my P95 Respirator mask and go about my day as I would on any other non-pandemic day. Or, I could use the regular medical mask but I prefer to use a more efficient mask. I could also walk around with my gas mask and feel like a superhero but I think that would freak people out and it also is not very comfortable at all, which brings me to a more important issue.

I have heard in the last month from different people, stories about medical issues from wearing a mask. Everything from not being able to breath properly to: "“By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain.” — Russell Blaylock, MD

Well Mr. Blaylock, I would rather the infected person keep breathing their own virus then spread it to everyone else, wouldn't You think so? The person is already infected so how about we protect everyone else a little? (No logic for this doctor, obviously.)

Many people are raging online and offline but I encourage people to put emotions aside and think logically and clearly about this issue. The vast majority of people are only asked to wear a mask periodically, such as when going to a store, or when sitting in a bus, or metro/subway. Even the CDC (Center For Disease Control And Prevention) mentions that:

"Younger children (e.g., preschool or early elementary aged) may be unable to wear a mask properly, particularly for an extended period of time. Wearing of masks may be prioritized at times when it is difficult to maintain a distance of 6 feet from others (e.g., during carpool drop off or pick up, or when standing in line at school)."

I do not know what effects wearing a mask for eight hours a day for five days a week are but I do know that most of us do not work in a hospital setting and so, for us masks are only to be used from time to time. And wearing a medical mask in comparison to the gas mask, or the P95 Respirator mask (which are more difficult to use) should not be an issue. Even the gas mask I have is fine to wear, for a few hours at a time if really needed. Thus, I do not buy into the mask scare but at this point, many people will not believe that "right" is "right" and "left" is "left", if it came from the mouth of a government official. That's how bad things are with our politicians and I have nobody to blame but them. We have been lied to for so many years and so many times that even when they do not lie, many of us will still not believe them.

We are in a very precarious time and we cannot be careless. Even if some medical professionals are having health concerns from wearing masks eight hours a day, that doesn't mean we cannot put on a mask on the bus, or in the grocery store, or when lining up in hallways at schools, for shorter periods of time. There is absolutely no reason not do so. Thus, please do so. Or, if You really despise masks, get a face-shield. Thank You.

Cheers and all the best to everyone!

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Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on October 30, 2020:

Sorry I missed answering here Mrs. Bowling. Been a bit busy in the past few days.

I hear You though and the situation is not looking very good south of the border. I do wish You all well! I might add though that we are not doing super-great in Canada either, especially here in Toronto. There has been an influx of cases. Some say they are because of Thanksgiving. That would be pretty sad to think that Thanksgiving has been an opportunity for people to spread sickness and death.

Sigh ... stay safe and best of luck for what is to come! I think we can all use a little luck now.

Thank You for your visit and comment.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 28, 2020:

If people would wear their masks when out in close quarters with others, maybe this vile virus would go away. But just the opposite is happening. It's spiraling again.

As you know, Trump and his wife and young son all contracted COVID not too long ago. Note he has refused to wear a mask all along. So, now he's gotten over the virus and do you know what I heard him say the other day at one of his rallies? He said that he's had the virus, can't get it again (yes, he can!) and can come down into the crowd and kiss each and every person in the throng. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Talk about a spoiled (and misinformed) brat crying nanny nanny boo boo, huh?


Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on October 25, 2020:

Haha!! Will try. Thank You.

All the best , Mr. Manatita!

manatita44 from london on October 24, 2020:

Don't die yet, Bro. We love you too much. Social consciences are needed right now. Peace!

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on October 24, 2020:

"They create more fear and the result is lack of judgement" - You make a very important statement about Fear here. I do wish people stopped and took a moment to see what Fear does to their lives. I mean, Fear is necessary as a method for the preservation of Life but some people really get caught-up in it and that is not good.

Fear like You said, can result in a lack of judgement and (I'm adding here) a lack of logic. Fear often paralyzes, or when not dealt with properly, it can also traumatize people. But who talks about Fear? Who takes the time to analyze it and to look into its consequences depending on the situation? Not many I would argue and we should because it rules the lives of many.

Hoka-hey! (It means: "It is a good day to die!" And it was the battle cry of Crazy Horse, the Lakota Chief)

Thank You for the visit Mr. Manatita. May Wakan Tanka always guide your path.

manatita44 from london on October 23, 2020:

Very balanced and beautifully presented. Like Bill says, we are reading too much 'bad' stuff these days and believing them. They create more fear and the result is lack of judgement amongst other things. Lovely to read your piece Bro.

I have an instinctive feel about masks which is similar to yours. Wash hands regularly, physically isolate and wear masks when shopping, on buses and in close crowds. Going for your daily walk while being socially distanced seems fine to me. Have a great evening! - Lantern

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on October 22, 2020:

Greetings Mrs. Arledge,

I wonder if You can maybe shop at a Canadian website and get masks mailed to You. I do not see a shortage of masks here and I suppose they might be cheaper if You would be paying in Canadian dollars, which are next to monopoly money for You guys down there.

I just did a quick search for M3 P95 masks, which are even more effective than the N95 ones and they are readily available at different stores. They do seem a little pricey but each mask has about 40 hrs of use. So, when I spend 15 minutes with one on in a grocery store, I sanitize my hands before taking it off, I put it in a zip-lock bag, seal it and I do use it again.

Thank You for the visit and comment.

All the best!

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on October 22, 2020:

I'm with You on that Dream On: waiting for the day we can all leave the masks behind but for now it looks like this winter we'll have to still be masked-up. To be honest though, the countries where people were already wearing masks before the pandemic (i.e. Japan and South Korea) are experiencing a considerably less amount of infections among the population. So, they do help a little I would say and it's always better to be "safe than sorry".

Best of luck to You! Thank You for the visit and stay safe.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 21, 2020:

Masks seem to be part if our everyday life right now.

I am told I need to wear the N95 mask but here there are none available unless you are working in a hospital. So that leaves me out...we cannot even order online.

I wear the little blue mask instead.

I hear people often say that breathing in your own carbon oxide is bad.

All I know is I am wearing mine when out in public.

Thanks for the share.

DREAM ON on October 21, 2020:

A very important hub on masks. I work in the kitchen of a restaurant and we are all required to wear masks. We use hand sanitizers often and keep 6 feet distance when possible. We try to be as safe as we can. Eight hours is an awfully long time to wear a mask. I am waiting till the day we can go all mask free once again. For now, stay safe, and let's get through this together. Thank you so much for sharing.

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on October 17, 2020:

Thank You very much for your comment, Mrs. David. Do keep safe and all the best for the future!

Hertha David from Windhoek, Namibia on October 16, 2020:

Amazing information there.

I am just saddened that people are fighting each other over masks.

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on September 15, 2020:

"Avery informative hub making some very valid points but does anyone really know?" - Well, I am trying to get some knowledge out there because there is indeed a lot of misinformation going around.

Thank You for the visit and the comment, Mr. Xavier..


Xavier Nathan from Isle of Man on September 07, 2020:

Avery informative hub making some very valid points but does anyone really know? In this video we have Dr Anthony Fauci telling us one thing and more recently he has gone on to completely contradict himself and insist on mask wearing. Why is not important one day and very important another day? These contradictions by those in authority do little to engender the trust of the public in what they have to say.


Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on September 06, 2020:

I do the same, Mr. Hansen. I have ziplock bags with different masks in my back-pack and in the car as well, together with hand sanitizer. I share with those who need some too. Like You said: "better safe than sorry".

Thank You for the visit. Be safe and best of luck!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on September 06, 2020:

You make very valid points in this article, Mr Happy. Even though we have had no reported cases of the virus n my town I always carry a supply of masks and hand sanitiser with me to use when I enter the supermarket etc.

Better safe than sorry, for both yourself and others.

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on September 06, 2020:

"Oh well! I am not in control of my brothers and sisters. I can only do what I can only do." - That is so very true Mr. Bill. It is frustrating though, when all our well being depends if we all do the right thing but many just refuse to co-operate on a simple act of wearing a mask when we cannot maintain a 6 foot distance (thus, periodically).

Anyway, I'm off camping tomorrow: to the forest 'till next weekend. I can have all the physical distancing I want in the Forest and my animal cousins abide by it lol

You be safe and all the best!

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on September 06, 2020:

Mr. Eric, not enough people are escorted out of places here. I see big signs on the entrance to stores saying"Please wear a face covering when entering the store" but many do not.

I'm not the mask police so, I am not saying anything but geez ...

You be well - cheers!

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on September 06, 2020:

Hello Mrs. Westwood! Thank You for the visit.

Masks in the Mediterranean Sea is not something I wanted to hear but I have seen them on the ground while walking in the city here. That is also one of the reasons I wanted to write this piece: we have to do better and I know we can.

I keep mine in a ziplock bag and I do reuse my P95 Respirator. It's good for about 40 hours.

Take care and all the best!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 06, 2020:

I'm at a complete loss as to why people are fighting this measure of safety. My fellow Americans have the ability to piss me off on a daily basis with regards to this topic. It's just second nature now for me; get out of the truck, grab the mask, put it on, go do my business. Pretty simple. The whole act takes what, five seconds of my precious time???

Oh well! I am not in control of my brothers and sisters. I can only do what I can only do.

Peace, my friend!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 06, 2020:

My wife works (thank goodness) very part time on a military base. She wears one with few breaks for 7 hours. Yesterday the MPs politely, not. "escorted" 3 away for a violation.

Personally I think EriCK is the most manly spelling ;-) Of course friends call me "eror"

Liz Westwood from UK on September 06, 2020:

This is an interesting and extremely relevant article. Having stalled for months on the use of masks, a few weeks ago the UK government made them mandatory in shops and other indoor areas. There has been an explosion in the mask trade, the new must-have accessory.

I still reflect on the discovery of disposable masks on the floor of the Mediterranean sea off the South of France coast a few months ago. Whenever possible I try to use a reusable mask for the sake of the environment.

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on September 05, 2020:

I agree, Mr. Eric: wearing the gas-mask 8 hrs a day ... I think it's next to impossible. I usually need a drink of water more than once every 8 hours, so I would need to take it off unless there were some extreme circumstances.

I am sure even doctors working in hospitals get breaks where they can go and take the mask off for a while, unless they are in a very long surgery I suppose.

I do thank You for the visit and the chat! Stay safe and all the very best!

P.S. I have a tendency to write your name with a "k" instead of a "c" and I have absolutely no clue why. Sorry if that happens. I just had to correct myself right now lol

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 05, 2020:

I could see the personality that wants to refuse to wear one getting hostile when told they had to. Same kind of mindset. Cool gas mask. It is funny but in Vietnam and I think Tokyo they have been wearing them for other reasons for decades and it is like "duh!". I would be bummed to wear one for 8 hrs a day. But not as bummed if I found out I gave it to someone.

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