Saturday, 23 May 2020

Why I Choose To Wear A Face Mask.

When it comes to face masks and whether a person should wear one or not, there are many, many opinions. Its funny, and scary how this virus has spawned so many viral experts.

Some people are all, "You Should wear a mask!" others are "wearing masks are a waist of time", there are even some who say that wearing a mask is dangerous because if you are infected, your breathing your own infected breath back in, so you will be re-infecting your self (I swear I am not making that one up).

Then there are those who will say that they wear a mask sometimes, when they feel they need to.

Why am I telling you all this?

Earlier today I watched a video by a YouTuber called Rogue preparedness where she was talking about the same thing, masks, and whether you should wear one, the video is below.

I made a comment on this video saying why I wear a mask, I could have gone into details about my reasons but didnt want to, not on a video someone else took the time to make.

But I can here. So, after quite a long winded intro, why do I wear a mask?

Why I Wear A Mask

As I said on Rogue`s YouTube channel, I am asthmatic, my youngest son and my daughter are asthmatic and my wife is a diabetic, the last thing I want is to bring this virus home without knowing about it and infect one of my family.

I wear a mask when I am in a public area, in doors where I can not guarantee that I will be able to keep social distancing in place and where there is an active air ventilation system in place.

To be honest, even if I was single and had no children, I would still wear a mask if I was in the above situation. 

I started wearing a face mask or some sort of face covering as soon as I found out that SARS-CoV-2 "could" remain airborne in small particles for up to 2-3 hours. 

The way I think about it is, if someone who is infected, even if they are asymptomatic were to sneeze or cough outside of a shop, in an indoor shopping centre at, say, 9 o`clock in the morning and I were to walk past the same shop at say, 11 o`clock the same morning, even though I am maintaining social distancing, have washed my hands and then douse myself in my own, home made hand sanitiser, I can still get infected.

Needless to say someone had to be an arse and try to pick faults with my comment on Rogues video
Again, I was not going to get into a fight or an argument on someone`s video, its just not cool, but I can here, my blog, my rules

There are some scientists who say that the virus can stay airborne for up to 2-3 hours, it has the ability to be moved around a building via the air conditioning and it has aerosolized and can be transmitted by a persons breath, there are other scientists who disagree with this theory of course.

For me, there are enough renowned scientists who say that this is possible for me to put a mask on. If they are wrong in their theory, fine, they were wrong, but what if they are right?

As for people who choose not to wear a mask. That is their choice, at the moment we still have freedom of thought and speech to a greater or lesser extent. Wear a mask, dont wear a mask, I dont care, just dont judge me for wearing one if you choose not to.

Now, I am well aware that it is customary to link the sources for your information, so, here are some of my receipts.

Stay safe out there guys.

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