Category: <span>safety</span>

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…



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,…



What the fog? The challenge of masks fogging glasses

Those of us who wear glasses are quite familiar with the annoyance of putting on a face mask and then suddenly seeing the world fog up around us. Some people I know have said that they would love to wear masks to protect themselves against allergens and pollution, but refrain from doing so because of…




Skyrocketing demand for masks as California fires continue to burn

It is never good news when new threats emerge that require the use of masks.  Unfortunately, right now, there is a skyrocketing demand for masks. California fires continue to burn many acres in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, and nearly 100,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.  Last weekend, authorities ordered over…



surgical mask capabilities are much lower than most realize

Most people never think about wearing a mask until they suddenly discover that something they’re breathing is bothering them. Often times, the first thing that people will reach for is a surgical mask, because they are easy to find in any drugstore. Unfortunately, surgical masks capabilities are limited, and people often discover this the hard…




maskedhipster’s mask buying guide

My experience is that most people aren’t very aware or familiar with how to select the right mask, and that can be worrisome because the wrong mask or improperly fitted mask won’t work and could even do more harm than good.  Therefore, I have put together this mask buying guide, which will hopefully be of…