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Biden's ridiculous free N95 mask offer
Nobody in the medical community is speaking out about how ludicrous this is. So I will.
The Biden administration has announced that they will give out 400 million “free” N95 masks even though they are unlikely to work.
P100 respirators provide serious protection to the wearer, but are expensive and not user friendly. They would not be allowed on an airplane because they only protect you and not others around you.
New high tech options are being developed that are currently unavailable.
Improved filtration in HVAC systems and UV lights are effective options for COVID control in the workplace.
ICYMI, the Biden administration is giving out 400 million free N95 respirators. Here’s the offer:
Here’s what they aren’t telling you about these free N95 respirators:
An N95 respirator will “work” for around 2 hours in a hospital or similar setting with filtered air
An N95 respirator will “work” for around 30 min outdoors
If you have facial hair, forget it. It will not seal. If you were expecting at best 1% protection before, it is now 0%.
So if 200M Americans receive two respirators each, they get around 4 hours of protection. And that only works if the respirators are fitted perfectly with no gaps and people are trained on their use. And as we noted before, even if everything was perfect, you aren’t likely to get anywhere close to 95% reduction in virions (because of the size of the particles and the rate of airflow into the respirator), and even with such a reduction, that’s unlikely to make the difference between getting infected and not getting infected.
In general, N95’s are ineffective with respect to protection against viral spread. Randomized studies show cloth and surgical masks do nothing. Zero.
Not surprising at all. If you read the WHO 2004 “Laboratory Biosafety Manual” (Third Edition) it says, “Surgical type masks are designed solely for patient protection and do not provide respiratory protection to workers.”
Here it is at the top of page 66:
So it’s not like we haven’t figured that out 15 years before COVID came on the scene. It says surgical masks do not work. Period.
Yet, here we are 18 years later and the CDC and medical community now think they do. Evidence not required. Just belief.
Consider this quote from highly respected UCSF infectious disease Professor Monica Gandhi in a story about the Bangladesh mask study (which, despite the headlines, proved that masks don’t work at all as I’ve pointed out before):
The study results prompted Monica Gandhi, an infectious-disease physician at the University of California, San Francisco, to switch from cloth masks. “I bought surgical masks for myself — pink ones,” she says.
See? You cannot make this stuff up. It is unbelievable how uninformed the doctors are. Professor Gandhi uses protection that even the WHO says does nothing (and so did that Bangladesh mask study).
And you are taking advice from her?!?!
Check out how much better N95’s are compared to surgical masks:
That’s right. Anyone with a working brain can see N95 masks are not effective at all. There is no measurable difference!
More recent data suggests that the N95’s actually make things worse than the do-nothing surgical masks:
In short, the data shows that Biden is trying to help extend the state of emergency. He is spreading misinformation. If he were an honest guy, he would add himself to his own Disinformation Dozen list.
Look, if Biden, Walensky, and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy were truly serious about stopping misinformation, they should just stop talking. It’s that simple.
My position on masks and respirators
In case you were wondering, here’s a summary of my position:
I'm a big fan of fresh air, seeing people's faces, and sharing mine with them.
I’m 100% opposed to mask mandates. I avoid businesses that require me to mask up.
Masks are completely useless
In general, would not choose to use respirators as a COVID mitigation technique
Only in special situations would I consider using a P100 respirator
I think it is amazing how the population has been totally convinced that masks work against a virus. Even when you tell people the truth, they don’t believe you and they aren’t interested in seeing any evidence they are wrong.
I’ve talked to doctors who have treated COVID patients in their office unmasked for over a year and never got COVID.
The P100 respirators are not exactly what I would call “user friendly.” I’m intrigued by the new high tech options, but I’d want to see the data first.
So for now I’ll take my chances about getting infected and if I do, I’ll choose an effective early treatment protocol.
Beware of what they might have put in your respirator
The respirators don’t currently have to comply with GMP so you don’t know what you might get. Consider this comment from one of my readers:
Take a new blue Chinese mask out of its plastic wrapper. Take a 40x jeweler's loupe and carefully look at the surface on both sides. You will see the particles that have been imbedded in them (very similar to Morgellons fibers, and the hexagon shaped plates, if you know what they are), and if you look to the inside mask fibers you will see a soup of what I speculate to be graphene oxide constructions. You will need at least a 1000x microscope to discern exactly what they are...but they sure aren't something that belongs in your lungs!
These are what the Biden administration are passing out for free. How thoughtful!
Respirator options with P100 filters is what the industrial hygienists recommend
Remember when we used to listen to the experts in the field, the industrial hygienists? Heck, those days are long gone.
But here’s what they say…
If you are looking for PPE that might make a difference against SARS-CoV-2, the minimum protection you’d want to consider is a negative-pressure respirator with a P100 filter as I’ve written about previously.
But positive pressure is, for all practical purposes, estimated by experts like Tyson Gabriel to about 50x better than passive respirators. So if you are serious about PPE, you’d want a Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) with a P100 filter or better (like a P3 filter).
All of the serious PPE equipment is specifically designed only to protect the wearer. So after spending $800 for that protection, you would then be prohibited by federal law from wearing that on a plane because it only protects you; it doesn’t protect other people. You are only allowed to wear protection that the FAA “believes” protects other people.
So on planes, you are forced by federal law to wear ineffective protection that will not protect you or anyone else. If you violate the law, you will be arrested and not be able to fly again. Basically, they want to make sure you are not protected on a plane.
The whole masking on planes is completely silly. We’ve been effectively going “maskless” on planes the entire time since the masks required by the FAA do absolutely nothing. It has been pure political theater.
High tech PPE options (all currently unavailable)
There are some intriguing new options which I haven’t had a chance to look into because you can’t get any of them.
Air-ring looks cool (it isn’t yet available):
Here’s another high tech solution from Leaf Wellness (currently unavailable):
Another option: AO-air mask. This is also not yet commercially available.
I’ve asked industrial hygienists Tyson Gabriel and Stephen Petty for their comments on these options but it’s hard to know until we have one of them to test.
Engineering controls are the way to go to protect workplaces, not PPE
If Biden really wanted to protect people, he’d start talking about hierarchy of controls, using MERV 13 or higher filters in your HVAC system (ideally MERV 16 if your system can work with it) and tell people to adjust their HVAC systems for 12 air changes per hour.
UV technology for workplaces
If you are serious about COVID control, consider adding the Aerapy UVGI technology to your HVAC system and/or to upper sections of rooms.
Check out the Aerapy video on Tyson Gabriel’s site (look for “Whoa, check this out!”). The video talks about the UV system but also explains the hierarchy of controls (but the information on N95 respirators is misleading as we noted above).
These UV lights are an excellent way to make the air safe in commercial buildings. Tyson is a big fan.