Political reasons probably account for why the Journal of the American Medical Association loves to print junk science when it comes to guns.  But when it comes to real medicine, they have some relevant and scientifically sound content.

So, reading their very recent (as in last Thursday, March 26th) story about Turbulent Gas Clouds and Respiratory Pathogen Emissions should leave most folks “concerned.”  And it should terrify health care workers (HCW).

In a nutshell, social distancing of six feet isn’t nearly enough.  Especially when someone with the Wubonic Plague sneezes without a mask to catch most of the aerosolized particles expelled.

Check this out:

Owing to the forward momentum of the cloud, pathogen-bearing droplets are propelled much farther than if they were emitted in isolation without a turbulent puff cloud trapping and carrying them forward. Given various combinations of an individual patient’s physiology and environmental conditions, such as humidity and temperature, the gas cloud and its payload of pathogen-bearing droplets of all sizes can travel 23 to 27 feet (7-8 m).3,4

(Emphasis added.)

A 2020 report from China demonstrated that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) virus particles could be found in the ventilation systems in hospital rooms of patients with COVID-19.5 Finding virus particles in these systems is more consistent with the turbulent gas cloud hypothesis of disease transmission than the dichotomous model because it explains how viable virus particles can travel long distances from patients.

And the hits continue…

In the latest World Health Organization recommendations for COVID-19, health care personnel and other staff are advised to maintain a 3-foot (1-m)6 distance away from a person showing symptoms of disease, such as coughing and sneezing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a 6-foot (2-m) separation.7,8 However, these distances are based on estimates of range that have not considered the possible presence of a high-momentum cloud carrying the droplets long distances. Given the turbulent puff cloud dynamic model, recommendations for separations of 3 to 6 feet (1-2 m) may underestimate the distance, timescale, and persistence over which the cloud and its pathogenic payload travel, thus generating an underappreciated potential exposure range for a health care worker. For these and other reasons, wearing of appropriate personal protection equipment is vitally important for health care workers caring for patients who may be infected, even if they are farther than 6 feet away from a patient.

(Emphasis added.)

Back to yesterday’s post about health care workers at the public testing facility in McLean County, IL.

She’s toast (along with her family) if someone infected sneezes, especially given the windy day.  She’s wearing absolutely no eye protection and the virus particles will remain “live” in hair and on clothing for days…

While the Chinese flu isn’t fatal for most younger folks, who wants to take that chance?  And then there’s the whole issue of sterility.

The bottom line:  Avoiding infection is a lot like carrying a gun for self-defense.  The best way to win a gunfight is not to show up.

The best way to avoid infection from the Wuhan flu is to avoid contact with anyone who might be infected.

And if you can’t help but go out, wear your properly fitting N95 if you’re ANYWHERE around people showing symptoms (sneezing, coughing) of illness.  Wear gloves.  And wear a mask, goggles or face shield to keep particles out of your eyes.

If you’re a health care worker, you should have a mask on anytime you’re anywhere near patients – even if they are across the room or in the next room.  Remember, this stuff gets into ventilation systems too.

Hospitals are the last place healthy people want to hang out right now.

4 thoughts on “DAY 11: WEAR YOUR N95 MASKS.”
  1. Looks like this is coming back to bite GSL in the ass and I’m happy for it you idiot’s put an add out awhile back saying how China flu was no big deal telling pepole not to get prepared…who’s the dummy now


    1. The kind of people who are GSL members are always prepared.
      That message was directed at dummies like you. Hopefully in the end there will be fewer dummies like you.

    2. APRIL FOOLS DAY!! brings out ALL the fools as well as the trolls, welcome Joe, YOU are the premier FOOL OF THE DAY!

      To many who contract the WUHAN-CHINESE VIRUS-FLU, the affects are minimal and they treat it as the common flu that has been around for decades. there are MANY HUNDREDS that have died from the common flu every year than have been attributed to the Wuhan-Chinese virus-flu yet this year. BTW: I don’t generally see “ads” posted on this site other than in the side-lines and those are for gin-related information and products/services/etc.

      Joe (the troll-bot hater) is the “dummy” now and forever, live down to it Joe!

  2. Joe:

    Back in February, we made the analysis with the information we had at the time. And it was solid then.

    As new information came to light, we viewed the Wuhan flu differently and cancelled our meetings for the month of April.

    And May’s series of meetings is looking doubtful at this point as well.

    As for your comment, “you idiot’s put an add out awhile back saying how China flu was no big deal telling pepole not to get prepared…”

    We have NEVER advocated not getting and staying prepared for contingencies and emergencies.

    Me “thinks” you’re really just an anti-gun troll. But that’s okay. We’ve been attacked by far more effective trolls.

    I’m hopeful and optimistic that we’ll be back in June, but even that is up in the air at this point. Especially for those over 60 or with underlying health issues.

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