Not really, because your eyes are wide open to let them in. And the non medical masks are still like large open nets to let droplets through. They are really mostly to reduce the amount of the droplets going out.
It's the social distancing that protects YOU not the mask but you should wear a mask not to spread Covid in case you have it, as should others, to protect you.
As some of the virus particles get stuck in the layers and weave of the fabric - I would think it would slow/ filter the amount that could make it into your mouth and nose. (If someone sneezed into the air it would be atomized and spread out before it would hit the outside of a mask. So, fewer virus particles by the time it floats through the air and lands on a mask vs someone sneezing right in your face from a couple of feet away? Less concentrated amounts of virus landing directly in your face?) Not too different from how it filters what leaves your mouth and nose. At least somewhat. No? Is that totally wrong? And what if you wear glasses or sunglasses? I realize distancing is the best way but I would think the masks are at least some help in both directions - even though more effective at keeping germs in.
Common sense tells me...If you spray an aerosol spray into the air - the particles are spread out more the further you are away from where you're spraying it, as the air between you and where it lands dilutes it...if you spray it close up, more hits the surface - like a mask - its moving towards. The surface/ mask will be more wet the closer it is.
At first, the frontline medical people needed all the medical masks available, so masks were not encouraged for the general .public. The degree of protection from Covid depends on the mask you are wearing. Many cloth masks now have pockets for a filter, such as a coffee filter, that would help filter out the virus and act as a barrier, hopefully, preventing it from getting through to your mouth and nose.I've seen information that's saying that now too. It does make sense.
Good to see you pommum.
I feel like governments have relaxed a fair bit. Numbers are going up, yet restrictions keep being loosened. The nearby lake just started allowing for guests and the rental of paddleboards, that was with guidance from AHS.No I would not
as to the disposable nature of masks
cloth ones are recommended to be washed in washer after use. Though like all clothing the more you wash things the more they wear out
surgical face masks seem to now be pretty available. Seen boxes of 50 in Home Depot. Not tons of protection but better than cloth. I don’t discard after one use. This virus dies in sunlight fairly quickly. A quick wear and removal and allow it to dry I think is safe and extends the use. I keep one unused in purse and one unused in car in case I forget to grab one
I see Banff has gone to mandatory mask use on its main tourism street. When I have visited Banff in both winter and summer that tourism stretch is generally jammed so seems like a good idea. So far I have only worn a mask indoors, though this week I went to Toronto to pack our sold house and carried a mask walking the dog in the park, in case it was too crowded
i turn away when a bike passes me. I move aside when pedestrians pass me
it feels like this is the new normal for a long time. Cases are down but we are warned about spikes. So there is no impression that governments are relaxing
it will be interesting to see what happens with school. Two friends have university first year students. So far residences are open but only one per room. Good article this week in Globe looking at what other countries have done about school. I feel like big common areas such as gymnasiums could be utilized as class space. Seeing as there is no way kids will be running and panting and sweating inside in the near future
our area is struggling with day care. My great niece needs to be in day care as her parents are both front line workers but so far no luck. And they feel nervous about the idea. So it’s grandparents to the rescue for now