Let me first start out by saying that I’m not a doctor or medical scientist. But I do have a medical background, enough to understand the basics.
The COVID-19 is a respiratory flu virus that is a pathogen that infects you through a mucus membrane. Once infected, it takes 2 to 5 days for the symptoms to show up (known as the incubation period). When the symptoms do show up, that’s when you can spread the virus to others (are contagious). To fully recover from the virus can take up to 14 days. And most of the people who have gotten the virus have recovered.
The COVID-19 is very small in size, reported to be between 40-100 nano-meters. In perspective, a grain of sand would look like the moon to it. On the other hand, the N-95 medical grade mask filters down to 300 nano-meters, which means the strands are that far apart from each other. Simply stated, the virus is 3 to 7.5 times smaller than the mask’s filtering capabilities – it’s like trying to stop a mosquito with a chained link fence. The virus passes right through the mask.
As mentioned above, the covid-19 infects it’s host through a mucus membrane. What the politicians fail to realize and the “medical professionals” skip to mention is that your eyes are a mucus membrane! That means even if the mask you’re wearing could stop the virus from entering through your nose or mouth, you can still get infected through your eyes. Unless of course you wore eye protection, like goggles or a face shield, in addition to a mask.
In the beginning of this outbreak, both the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) correctly recommend those who were infected and showing symptoms (contagious) to wear masks. That’s because these organizations were attempting to keep the contamination area to a minimum.
You see, when you exhale your breath, you produce what is referred to as a contamination cloud that spreads out from your nose or mouth. Typically it spreads out about 2 feet from your face. However, when you cough or sneeze, that contamination cloud increases in size to nearly 6 feet (about 2 meters). By wearing a mask, that cough or sneeze contamination cloud would be reduced by the mask and keep the infection area more contained.
A vaccine is currently not available. And even when it does, do you want to be the first Guinea pig?
In the mean time your best chances are keeping your social distance from others (even those your are familiar with) at least 6 feet. Wash your hands regularly, and avoid from excessively touching your face.
Eat regularly and get enough sleep. Keep your immune system strong (vitamins A & D). Besides, there are always a number of other harmful “bugs” that can infect us at any time. That’s why it is important to stay healthy and keep your immune system in top shape.
And if you do get sick, stay at home. If you have to go out in public wear a mask to reduce your contamination risk area to others.