Weeeell, I’m not a virologist, epidemiologist, or otherwise public health expert nor do I pretend to be one. Also, I doubt that that anyone here’s interested in the things that are shared with me as it’s basically the stuff that most people here are already aware of and want to disregard. That being said, well, reckon my opinion’s as good as the next
I know that no one is allowed into an OR without a mask, full stop. That is for the patient’s protection. In situations where protection for staffers is needed, there are various levels from double gloving and N95s to CJ (“mad cow”) protocols where basically everything that touches the patient including surgical instruments has to be destroyed by incineration.
Me, I wear a mask any time I go to a situation where people -have- to be in contact with me. Shopping, another for instance we were briefly being screened at the main entrance for a while and I made a point of showing up to that with a mask. This again is an attempt to protect others. I must assume I have been exposed, (well I mean I know with 100% certainty that I have been -exposed-, whether I have actually been infected I don’t know) and act accordingly, for my own peace of mind.
What’s the science? Well, I dunno, again I don’t reckon anyone’s interested in the conventional viewpoint and I can’t be arsed to gather links and videos. In my limited understanding there are 2 basic factors, both of which are more or less common sense. One is simple physics, fluid dynamics I suppose. Ever seen someone vape? Spewing out clouds of white fucking bubblegum scented grossness 6 feet in front of them? And you can smell it from clear across the room? Well, that’s not a good thing, from a communicable disease standpoint. Anything that reduces these jet streams of pathogens, like a mask, is worth doing IMO, in aid of #2, reducing viral load. In the case of any pathogen, less is better. That doesn’t even need explanation, right? So, again, I don’t need any videos or webpages to tell me I -have- to do this, nor am I looking for reasons to avoid doing it, just being a decent person to me to try to reduce the risk to the poor brave grocery cashier who has to be face to face with hundreds of randos in a day.
Sorry if this sounds bitter or snarky, I dunno… my situation is that I -must- take this stuff seriously and I -must- follow the protocols of my workplace and there isn’t any video or webpage that changes that in any way. Time for another drink!