Hermosa Beach officials announced plans to use a private consulting firm to help police enforce mandatory face coverings in public areas, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday – even as hospitalizations continue to decline.
Think about this – a beach town, where residents and visitors are outdoors, is requiring everyone to cover their faces with a mask. There is no mask law – for a law to be created, it first must be in the form of legislation, passed by both houses of the Legislature, and then signed into law by the Governor.
The official website for Hermosa Beach posted information from the CDC about mask wearing:
- Masks may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.
- Masks are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.
Notice the wording: Masks “may help,” and masks are “most likely” to reduce the spread of COVID-19… and this is from the Center for Disease Control.
There are 554,160 positive tests of the 8.8 million administered, and 10,293 COVID-19-related deaths in California in the eight months since the coronavirus was acknowledged.
That leaves 8,271,958 of the 8,826,119 tested, negative for COVID-19.
“L.A. County’s total cases climbed to 206,761 Saturday while the death toll inched closer to the grim milestone of 5,000, climbing to 4,967 fatalities,” the Los Angeles Daily News reported. “Officials corrected past totals Saturday, reporting that 51 cases and two deaths reported earlier were not indeed L.A. County residents.”
Los Angeles County has a population of 10,079,000 residents. Deaths in LA County total 4,685. The City of Hermosa Beach, with 19,203 residents, has 160 “cases,” and 2 deaths attributed to COVID-19.
California Globe recently spoke with a physician who said the mask mandate misses the mark on several scientific levels. He explained that he’d buy into it if there was actual mask science being used.
He explained the difference between the masks:
Surgical masks: a loose-fitting, disposable device that creates a physical barrier between the mouth and nose of the wearer and potential contaminants in the immediate environment, the FDA explains. “While a surgical mask may be effective in blocking splashes and large-particle droplets, a face mask, by design, does not filter or block very small particles in the air that may be transmitted by coughs, sneezes, or certain medical procedures. Surgical masks also do not provide complete protection from germs and other contaminants because of the loose fit between the surface of the mask and your face.
Surgical masks are not intended to be used more than once.”
N95: An N95 respirator is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles. Note that the edges of the respirator are designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth. Surgical N95 Respirators are commonly used in healthcare settings and are a subset of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs), often referred to as N95s.
The similarities among surgical masks and surgical N95s are:
- They are tested for fluid resistance, filtration efficiency (particulate filtration efficiency and bacterial filtration efficiency), flammability and biocompatibility.
- They should not be shared or reused.
Cloth face mask: not intended to provide liquid barrier protection. The cloth masks mostly makes people feel better by wearing one.
Notably, the FDA says masks cannot make any claims to meet a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) filtration efficiency standard. Such claims can only be made for a respirator, when the respirator meets a specified filtration efficiency.
With the crime rate escalating in Los Angeles County, and exploding homeless transients living on Southern California streets, the Hermosa City Council may have overplayed their hand on this ludicrous order.