Wear A Mask - it's airborne!

If you are in a country that has not yet eliminated COVID-19, wear a mask when mixing with other in enclosed spaces, whether vaccinated or not. Thin masks like the stretchy spandex (lycra) one’s offer (say) 10% protection to the wearer and perhaps better than 10% protection to others (if you are infected). If you can afford N95, FFP2, KF94 masks then consider having those instead of cloth masks as that is the best protection you can get.

If you’re wearing a surgical-style mask that you bought from the supermarket or a corner store, consider a fitter.

If you can’t wear a mask or cloth face covering stay at home and get your food/groceries delivered.

N95, FFP2, KF94, CN95

If you can afford it, get N95/KF94 grade masks (that are not cloth or washable) for use when mixing with other in public. Citizen Scientist, Aaron Collins, reviews masks for filtration effectiveness and talks about KF94 masks quite a bit. Leave the N95 and FFP2 masks/respirators for respective medical and emergency workers.

Can’t afford N95 grade masks?

Your washable & breathable mask should feature spunbond polypropylene (SBPP) and be a good fit with nose wire. The more of the spunbond polypropylene the better - four layers of 80 GSM SBPP will get you 87% on its own (no cotton). Here’s the filtration you should expect (using data from a study data from a North American University)

Here are quick to sew patterns specifically for high-filtration washable SBPP masks

High thread count cotton masks

Some studies in 2020 picked this as a material to use in mask making. Superficially, this material offers high protection, bit it comes with a high price - the fabric pulls onto your nostrils and lips as you breathe in. That is because breathability is more of a problem for high TPI cotton than for other fabrics. Spunbond polypropylene is far better, but requires multiple layers to get the filtration up. In summary - high TPI cotton is a massive mistake for mask construction.

We have known since the start that masks would help slow or stop the pandemic:

From the fall of 2020 onwards, Aaron Collins with the equipment he had at his home tests high-filtration masks he’s acquired for filtration and leakage. One of the stars of masks4All in the pandemic.

Article in reverse chronological order:

Wikipedia Maintains a long page on mask use in the pandemic here

Goddard’s Journal - listing the “masks work” studies

Goddard’s Journal was among the very first to gather the studies that proved masks work. The author did work that many governments did not:

Goddard’s first video - March 2020

Timings from start of video:

Goddard’s second video - October 2020

This was a follow up to the first, as noted at the start of the video. Timings from start of video:

Anti-Masker activities

Anti Masker groups motivated by politics, hatred of your group/country, bad science, their own bad breath and more, link to things that can (they claim) prove their case. Their bogus talking points:

Raina MacIntyre’s work

Study ‘MacIntyre et al, 2015’, figures quite a lot as an anti-masker “truth”. Goddard’s Journal went into this study above. Meanwhile, Raina C MacIntyre is disgusted with mis-representation by the anti-masker crowd. She has published more in the last eighteen months to further indicate her science that masks work and we should wear them: