CDC Recommends Face Masks – A Step in the Right Direction

After dragging their feet and opposing common sense, American officials are finally coming around to display some logical thinking and recommendations.

The CDC recommends face masks for prevention of the spread of coronavirus.

This is good news but it is only a small step in the right direction.

They are only recommending cloth face masks.

Here is why that is a problem.

Wearing face masks prevents the spread of Coronavirus in two ways.

First, it prevents a sick or diseased wearer from spreading the virus into the air. If the masses are wearing masks this is a huge help to suppress virus transmission.

Second, it should protect the wearer from breathing in the virus.

The CDC recommendation only helps on the first point and may not help people from breathing in the virus as cloth masks are very porous and likely does not stop the virus.

Doctors, nurses, dentists and healthcare workers rely on N95 masks to stop them from breathing in pathogens, dangerous particles and viruses.

It would only make sense that if N95 masks keep healthcare workers safe, then it should keep the rest of the population safe as well.

The only possible reason they are not recommending everyone to wear N95 masks is because of lack of supply.

But what about other front line workers? Restaraunt workers, cleaners, teachers, delivery drivers, police and fire departments, warehouse workers, farm and food chain, critical retail store employees, banks?

These people are not second class citizens, they are providing essential services to the world and they are told to work without protection. They don’t have access to the N95 masks they need and are being given recommendations to wear cloth masks.

This is wrong and it is endangering lives. There are other workers other than healthcare that deserve the right to carry out their work safely and lower the risk of infection and death.


Everyone Wear Face Masks – New York City Recommends

Everyone wear face masks. The tide is turning and some sense is starting to emerge from officials in North America and the West.

Previously official advice was NOT to wear a mask. They said it did not protect against the Coronavirus. Most believed it.

Now in an embarrassing about-face, New Yorkers are now being told to wear masks when they go out in public.

They also admitted that earlier advice to not wear a mask was to save N95 masks for healthcare workers.

They are still not recommending to wear proper N95 masks as they are in short supply.

I don’t know what is worse, the lying to the public or jeopardising thousands and maybe tens of thousands of lives.

Who knows how many lives could have been saved if everybody in America was wearing masks in public from the beginning.

It is just common sense and it helps two-fold. First it helps sick people transmitting the virus into the air and second it stops a wearer from breathing in the virus.

It also sounds like the CDC is about to change their recommendation to tell people to wear masks. We will see in the coming days and weeks.


What is a N95 mask?

There is much confusion and misinformation about the classification and certification of respirators and face masks.

For example, lets look at N95 masks that are NIOSH Approved.


The ‘N” means it is not resistant to petroleum products and contaminants. There are two more ratings and they are R, which is somewhat resistant to petroleum and P, which is strongly resistant to petroleum.

The ’95’ means that it is designed to block 95% of particles that are 0.3 μm (microns) or bigger. For reference a single virus is usually about 3 μm.

So the N95 means it is a mask that is not resistant to petroleum products and contaminants.

NIOSH stands for “The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health”. Here is the what they say on their website about page:

“The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 established NIOSH as a research agency focused on the study of worker safety and health, and empowering employers and workers to create safe and healthy workplaces. NIOSH is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It has the mandate to assure “every man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources.” NIOSH has more than 1,300 employees from a diverse set of fields including epidemiology, medicine, nursing, industrial hygiene, safety, psychology, chemistry, statistics, economics, and many branches of engineering.”

NIOSH approved means that the NIOSH organisation has approved the mask to be of a certain quality or performance. In this case, they certify that a mask meets the N95 standard.


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All the masks we have are NIOSH N95 certified.

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