Category: reasons for wearing

An unnecessary mask culture war

In some ways, this “mask culture war” isn’t surprising. I have long been aware that Americans and Westerners in general are often ambivalent about the public wearing of masks. So it shouldn’t surprise me that the act of wearing masks would arouse so much derision and resistance. But the negative reaction to masks is still overblown and unnecessary.



Entering a new world when CDC recommended wearing a mask outside home

Engin_Akyurt / Pixabay Never would I have imagined when thinking about this blog that I would write a headline that said that CDC recommended wearing a mask outside our homes. This of course is not something I celebrate—it is a sign of how serious this pandemic is, an indicator of how many lives have been…



Advice re masks for COVID-19 muddled, misleading

cdd20 / Pixabay Let’s face it. The U.S. government isn’t exactly batting 1.000 when it comes to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump Administration and CDC missteps led to costly delays in coronavirus testing that cost us a month in efforts to track down and contain the spread of COVID-19. The US has tested over about…




The coronavirus mask is a new–and alarming–fashion trend

geralt / Pixabay The coronavirus mask is something that no one wants to have to wear. A single death from a virus is tragic. A virus that has a reported death rate of 2%–roughly the same mortality rate as the 1918 flu pandemic that killed between 40 and 100 million people–is something to take seriously….




CNN article boosts WHO guidelines on average lifetime exposure to particulates

CNN just posted an article supporting the assertion I made in March about needing to wear a mask when the US AQI is above 41. I made this assertion based on the World Health Organization guidelines. The WHO recommends that the average lifetime exposure to particulates should not exceed 10 µg/m3. Neither CNN nor the…



WHO annual mean suggests lower safe air pollution threshold

In a previous article, recommended wearing a mask when the US Air Quality Index is at “Moderate” (AQI 51) or higher. But annual air pollution exposure is usually more salient than short-term exposure unless the air quality on a given day is seriously unhealhty. A recent examination of the World Health Organization’s current guidelines for…



Mask season 2019

Cold and flu season is back again this year. Health authorities aren’t certain how intense this year’s season is compared to last season.  But I’m taking precautions, which means that cold and flu season is also Mask season. My experience with a series of contagious bugs leading to a hospital stay last spring has convinced…



More California wildfires: masks are essential more than ever

The repeated episodes of California wildfires keep getting worse.  For these wildfires, masks are essential, more than ever before.  The Camp Fire in northern California is the worst in the state’s history, and the fires have given many parts of the state the worst air quality in the world. California cities including San Fransisco, Oakland,…



Masks, hospital isolation, protecting myself and the community

I had an unexpected adventure over the weekend. I went to the hospital ER a few nights ago due to asthma exacerbation and was surprised to find out that my asthma was acting up because of an RSV infection, which stands for Respiratory Syncytial (pronounced sin-SISH-uhl) Virus. While RSV is similar to a cold, it…



The flu mask season of 2018

The influenza season of 2017-18 has reportedly been a serious one. One measure of its seriousness might be in the number of people seen wearing surgical masks in public. I have seen more people wearing flu masks this season than I have in a long time, perhaps even more than the H1N1 epidemic of 2009-10….