Breathing common air in public places is not how the virus is transmitted.
With the media continuing to spread fear of coronavirus faster than the virus itself, Gov. Gavin Newsom is now considering making mask-wearing mandatory throughout the state.
Gov. Newsom’s threat to order mandating mask-wearing is more evidence that science isn’t driving these political decisions.
The more news, radio and television stories about the virus, the more fear of it is infecting people. Hysteria is more contagious than COVID-19.
It was only 6 weeks ago that Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that while California will move into the next phase of reopening the economy, he said the state is “not going back to normal” until there is a vaccine.
That same week, and days after it was reported the Sacramento region has the lowest reported coronavirus infection rate among the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg called on county health officials to require residents to wear masks in public as the county allows businesses to reopen following the coronavirus shut down.
We’ve been told by many medical doctors that we didn’t need to wear a mask, but are also told by public health bureaucrats to wear a mask.
Even some county public officials have announced orders that everyone going outside must wear a mask because COVID-19 is “airborne.”
Respiratory infections can be transmitted through droplets particles, not by being in a room and breathing the same air with people who may test positive for COVID-19, as California Globe reported in April.
According to current evidence, COVID-19 virus is primarily transmitted between people through respiratory droplets – sneezes and coughs.
Droplet transmission occurs when a person is in in close contact with someone who has respiratory symptoms and is coughing or sneezing. The respiratory droplets can then be transmitted through the mouth and nose, or eyes, if exposed to potentially infective respiratory droplets.
This is why many medical experts say masks won’t prevent exposure to COVID-19 because to actually wear enough gear to prevent exposure, you’d need to wear goggles to protect your eyes as well as a mask that covers the nose and mouth. And it’s still a big maybe.
The bottom line is to avoid touching your face and eyes, and wash your hands frequently. And because we don’t see how often people wash their hands, wearing a face mask is one way to convince ourselves that we have some control over catching the virus, even if it isn’t helpful.
“The number of COVID-19 deaths have been much less than the 750 total deaths that occur every day in California,” Epidemiologists James Enstrom and Jeffrey Klausner said in a recent Orange County Register article. “Furthermore, there is evidence that there have been substantial reductions in the deaths due to seasonal flu, pneumonia and accidents because of the almost exclusive focus on COVID-19 and the current statewide lockdown.”
Gateway Pundit reported last week, to Dr. Richard Cross, PhD provided a study which shows that when looking at the mortality rates for all causes this flu season, things aren’t much worse than a bad flu:
“When it comes to the COVID-19 event, we have been experiencing a serious case of tunnel vision. As we focus on the day to day increase of COVID-19 things could look pretty grim, but as we take a step back and look at the comparative total mortality here in the US, things aren’t much worse than a bad seasonal flu, like that last seen in 2017-18. If you take the New York City region out of the mix, the rest of the country is cumulatively well within the expected mortality.
The estimated death toll from COVID-19 is on track to exceed 120,000 US deaths in the next few weeks. Yet, the majority of COVID-19 related deaths have been concentrated in the New York/New England region which to date includes nearly 50 percent of all COVID-19 deaths nationwide; the hospitals in this region were strained but not overwhelmed in the middle of April. The coronavirus’ effect on New York City has been especially telling if you examine the departure from expected cumulative mortality trends over the last four years in the CDC flu season cycle.”