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A few things to educate us.
         Here we stand secluded from our companions by a virus! Why? Because the media says it’s super dangerous. (Is it more dangerous than all these other viruses’ we deal with annually?) You’ve guessed right, I’m talking about the CoronaVirus. Let’s use our searching abilities and seek the truth of the matter.
          One micrometer(abbreviation is μm) is equal to one thousand nanometers(abbreviation is nm). Virus particles smaller than 0.9 μm can remain airborne for minutes or even hours and someone could breathe them in and catch whatever virus (not just corona) that might be floating about. Masks are the answer to keeping the virus from spreading, right?

         Before we do a search online let's think a minute and say coronavirus catches in the mask you wear like the virus is meant to. The virus is now stuck in your “clean air” so now as you breathe you constantly have the potential to breathe the virus, whereas if you didn’t have the mask on you could have been breathing fresh air, but no now you are mostly breathing contaminated air. So you would rather breathe in bits of the virus for an hour or more, rather than take the chance that you're going to walk into a virus cloud and walk out of it, possibly breathing in at the exact moment. Say you did breath in, you walked out of it and now you got fresh air again not a contaminated mask. Seems to me a mask just holds the virus to your face. So then when you touch your mask (and we all do even if subconsciously) you get even more germs not just germs but also bacteria on it to breathe in.

Let's turn on our brains for a minute. What kind of masks do army men or police officers wear when they run into tear gas/ 2-chloroacetophenone? Yeah, a crazy lookin mask that covers their face with a small canister or two connected. Did you know tear gas/or 2-chloroacetophenone is a smoke/vapor/spray or aerosol? Meaning you can see it, tear gas is a type of smoke. Some can appear as a blue-white cloud when first dispersed. Smoke particles range in size. A gas mask can filter 0.3-micrometer particles. WOW, that's amazing. Also, these masks are made from synthetic rubber?

          Now that you have read about a gas mask and have the picture in your head. Let me give you a new picture, a Surgical mask. Now change back to the Gas mask. And now look at both together. Alright now that you're seeing the difference (if you can’t picture it go look it up right quick). Let’s see what the searches I pulled up, have to say about surgical masks. When you look up surgical masks online they tell you that they also filter 0.3-micrometer particles. Are you seeing the problem here? Surgical masks are made of polymeric materials, gas masks are made of synthetic rubber. Wait! That means the polymeric material would be as resistant as synthetic rubber. That’s the most ridiculous claim I’ve heard. You can’t tell me any person in their right mind would run onto a battlefield with a surgical mask rather than a gas mask. Yeah, guys sorry to break it to you but we got lies floating around in the media and on our search sights.

          Healthcare personnel often wear various types of surgical masks to provide protection against body fluid splashes to the nose and mouth. They are also worn by surgeons and other operating room personnel to prevent organisms in their noses and mouths from falling into the sterile field and potentially causing surgical site infections.
         The N95 filtering facepiece respirators may not provide the expected protection level against small virions. Some surgical masks may let a significant fraction of airborne viruses penetrate through their filters, providing very low protection against aerosolized infectious agents in the size range of 10 to 80 nm.
         Surgical masks may be effective in blocking splashes and large-particle droplets; however, because of the loose fit between the surface of the surgical mask and the user’s face, leakage can occur around the edge of the mask when the user inhales. Therefore, a surgical mask may not provide the user with a reliable level of protection from inhaling smaller airborne particles and is not considered respiratory protection. For this reason, surgical masks are not recommended for use in aerosol-generating procedures and any clinical conditions where there is a significant risk of infection through inhalation exposure.

         The labeling of the authorized surgical masks must:
          1. Describe the product as a disposable, single-use surgical mask. The labeling must include a list of the body contacting materials;
         2. State that the product is not intended to replace the need for FDA-cleared surgical masks or FDA-cleared or authorized respirators; (When you look up an FDA-cleared mask you can not get a clear answer on what that is).
          3. State that surgical masks are not intended to provide protection against pathogenic biological airborne particulates and are not recommended for use in aerosol-generating procedures and any clinical conditions where there is a significant risk of infection through inhalation exposure; and
          4. Not include statements that would misrepresent the product or create an undue risk in light of the public health emergency. For example, the labeling must not include any express or implied claims for (1) reuse, (2) antimicrobial or antiviral protection or related uses, (3) infection prevention, infection reduction, or related uses, or (4) viral filtration efficiency.
         The N95 is said to filter particles of the size of 0.1 to 0.3 micrometers.

One micrometer abbreviated μm is equal to one thousand nanometers abbreviated nm.

         On the first search, I found of coronavirus particles said the coronavirus is 0.07 μm to 0.09 μm in size. Upon more research, I was given a different number saying coronavirus particles range from 50 nm to 140 nm. Now if you remember from above an nm is one thousand times smaller than an μm. So I searched around some more and I got a new size of 100 nm. More searching and guess what I found another size of 0.1 μm. Another site I found said the coronavirus particle was 4.6 μm. So I decided to look elsewhere and figure out how large the largest virus we have found is and here’s what came up. The largest virus found is Pithovirus Sibericum and wanna guess the size, yeah 1.5 μm, this cuts out one of the above virus sizes but what about all the others. Remember this is the largest virus found not coronavirus. This cuts out only one of the above so what is the size of the coronavirus. So if the filtration of those masks is correct then that also proves that they are pretty useless because the largest virus can still pass through. Well looks to me like WE DON’T KNOW.

         What about Flu, yeah that’s still out there. Have we worn masks for the flu? Let’s look at our history, shall we?
The year 1918; The Spanish Flu! BEWARE PANDEMIC! Masks became mandated in the United States for the first time. Anyone found outside without a mask could be fined or imprisoned. It was said the masks failed to control infection and that they did not decrease cases or deaths.
         So masks slow down the spread of a virus but what does this help? Oh, wait it doesn’t, it just gives the virus more time to mutate and be dangerous for the whole populace rather than exposing all to the milder strain quickly. We should just let the coronavirus takes its course like we do all the other annual virus’ and search behind the “super dangerous” virus flashing across our screens. We need to find out what is going on behind the scenes and remain a free country. Or we can allow the governors and people of power to slowly take our freedom as we stay afraid of a virus until we don’t realize it till too late and have no freedom left?
         So as we have seen the truth is hard to find and so we should be asking “can we trust the media.” Well, the answer is no. We can’t because it is full of false information mixed in with mutilated truth. Are we going to fight to find the truth or are we going to be sheep following a wolf? Are we going to allow these people to lie to us and hide the truth? Are we going to allow them to teach our children lies and change history books because they want to? Will we become the pickings of the vultures? Yes, we will if we don’t stand for what is right. Are we going to allow all the fighting for our freedom to go to waste because we are afraid to say no? Let’s not be silent because we are afraid to offend, much worse will come if we don’t fight for what is right. We know a small kindness can go a long way let’s see how many lies truth can bring to light?

         Here are some measurements you may want to look at to give you an idea of particles and their size.

         The eye can in general see particles larger than 40 um.
one micron is one-millionth of a meter
1 μm = 10-6 meter abbreviated m
1 μm = 1000 nm
         Airborne particles
Airborne particles are solids suspended in the air.
         Larger particles - larger than 100 μm
Terminal velocities > 0.5 m/s meters per second
Falls out of the air quickly
Includes hail, snow, insect debris, room dust, soot aggregates, coarse sand, gravel, and sea spray
         Medium-size particles - in the range 1 to 100 μm
Sedimentation velocities greater than 0.2 m/s(meters per second)
Settles out of the air slowly
Includes fine ice crystals, pollen, hair, large bacteria, windblown dust, fly ash, coal dust, silt, fine sand, and small dust
         Small particles - less than 1 μm
Falls slowly, takes days to years to settle out of a quiet atmosphere. In a turbulent atmosphere, they may never settle out
Can be washed out of the air by water or rain
Includes viruses, small bacteria, metallurgical fumes, soot, oil smoke, tobacco smoke, clay, and fumes

4.6 μm.
0.07 μm to 0.09 μm.
0.1 μm
50 nm to 140 nm.
100 nm.

         Gas mask filtration- 0.3 μm.

         Surgical mask filtration- We have not been given a clear answer for Surgical mask filtration.
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