Wow, I'm impressed. The standard Equate earloop face masks from Walmart have the stiffest nosepiece I've experienced in a non-N95 mask. I think this is the first earloop #mask I've worn where the nosepiece actually forms a proper seal.
"One-way masking, as these Boston hospitals suggest, is far from ideal. If you are in such a hospital, wear an N95. The risk varies with the type of activity, ventilation in the space, number of people, etc. Lisa Brosseau, Ph.D., CIDRAP consultant, estimated it would take about 1.25 hours of exposure for a person wearing a non-fit tested N95 to get infected from someone who is unmasked but contagious."
OSHA Must Protect Workers!
DEADLINE IS 9/29!
OSHA is taking public comment through Friday Sept 29
But, pretty please #healthcare providers, could you at least USE THE TOOLS that are AVAILABLE?
You could be heroes again.
Great wrap-up of the current state of all things COVID-related (vaccines, variants, wastewater levels, masks, masking in healthcare, etc.), from the People’s CDC.
Another good one:
Please consider signing this petition urging CDC Director Mandy Cohen to acknowledge and advocate for a multi-layered (Swiss cheese) approach to preventing COVID. Let her know that the current “You do you” and vaccine-only approaches don’t cut it.
😷 + 💉 = 🧀
Hello, friends. Please consider signing this petition urging Congress, the White House, and HHS to provide free N95 masks by mail within the US. 😷
Nurse #DaisyDoo reporting in: My mama has finally tested negative for #COVID tonight after 11 days since onset of 😃symptoms. A considerably shorter time than many bouts of bronchitis she's had in the past. However, she understands that continued infections could be very bad so is already scheduled for an #Updated #COVID vaccine n will wear upgraded #N95 masks #SheltieLife #MonDog
@jor Very true! If you're going to wear a mask, wear a mask that works, a respirator mask that is made to filter small aerosols: #n95 #FFP2 #kn95 #kf94 or better. NOT just a baggy blue surgical mask-- those are meant for droplets. #Covid Airborne. Surgical, cloth, or dust masks do not have the ability to offer adequate protection from Covid, TB, Smoke, and other aerosols. There is no shortage of respirator masks to choose from. Keep looking, Find your Cinderella slipper. #RespiratorMask
If I’m doing something quick with (imo) lower risk of exposure, such as going through a drive thru or accepting a delivery at the front door, I don KF-94 LG Airwashers.
Quick trip to Safeway. Ugh. Sat night. I pass a woman with an N95 mask. She says "It's just you and me". I said looks like it. And it was literally true. 😔
Down a different aisle we pass again & she says "I gotta ask you..."
This is usually where they ask about my #FloMask.
I happily reported that TJs & Costco had quite a few this week.
Was obvious she was the lone mask wearer in her circle. Hope I gave her hope.
I’m really tired of this #pandemic. It sucks. My social life is a smoldering ruin. But neither my preferences nor yours dictate what happens with a highly transmissible, immune-evasive airborne #virus.
MRI scans showed abnormalities in people who had had severe #Covid:
...14 times more likely in the lungs
...3 times more likely in the brain
...2 times as likely in the kidneys
...no difference in the heart or liver
Uuugh husband went to cello concert this evening. He wore #N95, sat near some unmasked friends, stayed about an hour. I had thought he’d stay farther away from others. At least it’s a big airy space, wasn’t crowded. But I’m still anxious AF about it. Don’t enjoy the marital discord either. He’s higher risk than I am, too! BLURGH. #CovidIsAirborne #CovidIsNotOver
Health workers warn loosening #mask advice in hospitals would harm patients and providers | Health News Florida https://health.wusf.usf.edu/health-news-florida/2023-09-20/health-workers-warn-loosening-mask-advice-in-hospitals-would-harm-patients-and-providers “#Healthcare facilities are where some of the most #vulnerable people in our population have to frequent or stay…#N95 masks, ventilation, and air-purifying technology can lower rates of #covid transmission within hospital walls and “help ensure that people are not leaving sicker than they came.” Via @jvipondmd
It’s surreal knowing that #Covid causes long-term misery and disability to a tenth of the people getting it, and that a lot of people are being infected right now, and yet nobody appears to give a shit about their own well-being much less anyone else’s. I really never thought I’d see mass delusion on this scale or with these disastrous consequences.
Ohhhh I see now. I think.
"Biden administration announces $600M to produce COVID tests and will reopen website to order them"
Ok, you know what? I'm not going to bitch about this... not any part of it, bcuz I know you know, and it doesn't get us anywhere except perhaps more alienated.
So YAY BIDEN and YAY (the) people who listen to their president.
Gosh I thought 24 hrs was all that's recommended as long as you don't have a fever.
He should buck up & get to work just like every other peon whose employer gives them that line of BS..
Just like every school tells parents of infected students..
EVERYONE'S EVERYTHING should be cancelled if they get infected.
Better yet, LET'S NOT GET INFECTED!!
"Live ‘Strike Force’ Show Canceled After Jimmy Kimmel Comes Down With #COVID"
Ok what did the news say last night #Seattle??
I saw more #masks today then I have in a longgg time. 😯😷😁
Nowhere close to where it should be but by far I'm not the only one or two.
Even got complimented on my #FloMask and asked details about it. Always makes me happy to share.
I hope this trend continues.🤞
The Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association (VAHPA) has condemned the recent announcement made by NSW Health regarding the downgrading of COVID-19 response measures and the abandonment of mask mandates within healthcare facilities.
English translation of letter, adapted for international audiences:
CDC/HICPAC keep trying defend their cruddy drafts by saying the goal is to "streamline"-- you want to streamline? Then put n95s/equivalents back in healthcare! That is what prevents transmission to your most vulnerable and what protects you healthcare staff. Just learn from your mistakes for once!
Had essential repair in our home this AM. Worker wore #KN95 over beardybeard, sigh. We wore #N95 & ran #CorsiRosenthalBox in his space, had window open, & vented with fan after he left. Yes I am truly exhausted/frustrated from doing #CovidPrecautions but better than having #LongCovid or complications. Husband swears while he sets up filtration but does it. Just like I swear when I put HIS dishes in the dishwasher! #Marriage #CovidIsAirborne #CovidIsNotOver
Those getting their #booster this week, please remember to #Mask with an #N95 or better. The goal is still not to get #Covid at all, because "mild" or not, short-lived it not, it messes with your immune system & can damage essentially every organ in your body AND you can end up with #LongCovid & fully boosted is not enough.
"Masks work. Distorting science to dispute the evidence doesn’t.
New mask studies relying on a medical paradigm do not erase decades of engineering and occupational science that show they work."
For an airborne infectious disease, it's important to lower inhalation dose. "The ways to do so don't require empirical RCTs. Basic engineering science will do." -Richard Corsi
'Healthcare facilities are where some of our most vulnerable people are. #N95 masks, ventilation, and air-purifying technology can lower rates of Covid transmission in hospital and help ensure that people aren't leaving sicker than they came.' @gwendystar_
Aug 2023 study showing long Covid still affecting people 2+ years later.
The best way to prevent #LongCovid is to prevent infection from #Covid-19 by filtering this #airborne virus from the air you breath by wearing an #N95 equivalent or better mask, along with filtering and ventilating the air.
I haven't kept a super close eye on these Auras with the upgraded straps, but this is as cheap as I've seen: https://www.kmstools.com/3m-n95-2-strap-disposable%20dust-mask.html
$1.79/ea at KMSTools online or in-store :flag_BC: / :flag_AB:
WHN newsletter recapping the HICPAC (CDC Advisory group) meeting on infection control in healthcare, and the large public and expert responses to poor initial drafted guidelines:
@mattblaze I’m in my fifties and am too busy grieving the loss of society being sensible about protecting itself from a brain-damaging airborne virus called SARS-CoV-2. You know, the one that has disabled tens of millions of our fellow citizens now, and is still killing a 9/11 worth of people every month.
Just curious, do you wear an #N95 at public events? If so, thanks for not being part of this particular tragedy or the massive hypocrisy of the thinking class.
I live on some wooded acres behind a locked driveway gate. Tired of people and their #viruses. So when I let in some contractors to do some work outside, guess what I had stuck to my face regardless of what they might have thought? Yes, an #elastomeric #N95 w a pair of dry-eye Rx glasses to keep their #aerosol out of my eyes & not just my nose. Our interaction (outside) was just for a few minutes.
Extreme? Well, one of them turned out to have a nasty cough. I like not worrying about that.
*cheap* duckbill N95s at Wurth / Northern Safety:
I'm going to stop saying "Covid patients" and start saying "Covid victims" because really, anyone who gets covid at this point is a victim of the government and public health officials taking away protections and measuring and feeding us propoganda like "it's over" etc etc etc.
to give friendly reminders to friends and family who might not stay up on the news
who may mask but have gotten lax the past few months
who you can give just one little "Oh hey we're in a surge, please be safe"
without nagging or yelling or
*flailing Kermit arms*
Kids respirators update:
The Kimberly-Clark duckbill N95 in small (54066) seems to fit *excellent* on my 3 and 5yos; 1yo's head is almost as big as 3, so expect it'll fit well, too
These are the first ones that seem to fit well enough to bother with a DIY qualitative fit test -- hoping to do one soon 🤞
Downside is the straps. They're good on first wear, but stretch enough that I assume fit will be worse, hence. There might be space on the edges of the 'bill' to staple on some new ones, though; might test a few hacks
Cost <$100CAD for a 50pk
Tried to edit and added this diagram from The Clean Air Crew website but I can't add alt text on edit.
"Someone in my home has #COVID. How do we isolate safely?"
#AltTxt for complete description of layout
Do you know what to do to protect yourself if someone in your household gets #covid ?
Plan now. There's a surge going on & if you're ready, you won't have to think too much.What I would do/have done:
1. #N95 on everyone in shared spaces
2. 15+ min w/window open between shared space usage
3. Air cleaners/ #CorsiRosenthal boxes
4. Stay/eat in bedroom
5. Towel rolled at bottom of door
6. Window cracked, attached bathroom fan on
7. Mouthwash w/CHC
8. Central air/heat off
There's all kinds of articles coming out now (September 2023) with headlines along the lines of
"What You Need to Know About #Covid and What to Do If You Get It"
*flailing Kermit arms*
Has everyone been living completely and utterly out of touch with reality the last 4 years???
#MaskUp (I know if you're reading this, you do)
We ARE in a surge, we ARE seeing increases in cases and hospitalizations, prior infection does NOT prevent future infection, repeat infections=worse outcomes, and we aren't capturing near the number of actual cases: https://www.cnn.com/2023/09/01/health/covid-case-data-wave/index.html , Half our population is considered vulnerable. We matter! We CAN stop this! #MaskUp Stop telling people we are a necessary sacrifice. Stop neglecting long covid. Start calling for #n95 #masks #MasksInHealthcare https://the-maskers-comic.yolasite.com/comic-drafts/
There's one layer of swiss cheese that I would never omit:
These are the only layer that can prevent close-proximity transmission.
As long as you're wearing one that you know seals to your face and isn't soaked or super old, it's going to protect you from all the invisible ways #TrojanAir can get into your nose and mouth.
And even if you haven't proven that it seals, it's damp, or you've worn it a bunch of times before, it's still going to provide more protection than any other layer(s).
Please, please don't think you can compensate for being unmasked by utilizing combinations of other layers.
All the other layers are designed to make a respirator more effective or provide backup in the event a respirator lets a bit of something through. Even vaccines were trialled in the context of universal masking; their original efficacy numbers are a product of that environment.
If you can't get your hands on any respirators, reach out and I'll connect you to someone in your region who can help. If I have to ship you some myself, I will.
The chief of staff of @CHEO asked #Ottawa to #MaskUp in 2022. As an infectious diseases expert, she was shouted down by anti-vax/anti-maskers. As a trustee in #Ottawa, I still receive antisemitic death threats for my motion in Nov 2022 for @OCDSB to temporarily mask.
As an anaesthetist I spend a good amount of time talking, in close proximity, to vulnerable patients while having young children at home coughing and unwell.
I owe it to my patients not to pass on whatever is circulating at home to them.
I've been doing it daily for 3 years and can do it as needed for the remainder of my career.
PS Don’t vape, kids. This is propylene glycol only and only for demonstration purposes
This video demonstrates how well fit-tested respirators work as source control vs no masks vs loose fitting medical masks.
No complicated modelling required.
We can achieve higher levels of risk reduction by having our healthcare workers wear these when looking after vulnerable patients, particularly at times where staff are at higher risk of infection (recently symptomatic, close contact of someone unwell at home, or high community prevalence)
Screenshots in the next post.
"Hi, I have an appt tomorrow w/ Dr. Danger for surgery & I'd like to request that the doctor & staff all wash their hands before my appointment. Oh & If possible I'd really prefer they use soap and not just water."
"No? That's too much of a bother for your busy office?
Ok.. um.. then I'd like to reschedule so I am the 1st patient on Mon AM plz so I at least don't have to share germs w/ other patients, just the staff & their families
We have every reason to create better infection control standards in hospitals. It starts by #MasksInHealthcare and making sure those masks are the kind that stops airborne/aerosols, #n95 or better. This should be our top priority as more people are seeing #reinfections #longcovid and #covidvariants . It doesn't matter if we have the tools if we don't have the brains and brawn to use them.
My comment to #HICPAC at their August meeting, with links to research cited:
From Dr Ruth Ann Crystal's #COVID newsletter
"If you are exposed to a person who has COVID, you should #test every 48 hours x 3 (i.e. day 1, 3, 5, 7) if you have no symptoms. If you have any symptoms, test every 48 hours at least two times (day 1, 3, 5). It is best to wear an #N95 or #KN95 mask for 10 days after exposure to protect others and to isolate if you feel sick. #Paxlovid and/or #Metformin may be appropriate for some people."
"When looking at the use of face masks and mask mandates, studies consistently reported the measures were an effective approach to reduce infection. The evidence further indicates higher-quality respirator masks – such as N95 masks – were more effective than surgical-type masks."
#N95 #FFP2 #Airborne #respiratory
This is such a fantastic initiative!
We need free #N95-grade masks here in Ottawa as well. With EG.5 and friends blowing up, masking with a well-fitted high-quality mask is the cheapest way to protect ourselves from #COVID this fall!