Dear patients, yoga students, and friends:
I have been doing some new research about the effect of wearing masks and this new information strongly confirms that wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing are essential in reducing the spread of Covid-19. Here is a summary of what I have found that is very persuasive.
Initially doctors advised that masks were not very protective from the virus, but if you were coughing and sneezing, wearing a mask kept people around you safe. The virus itself was small enough to pass through the mask, but droplets containing the virus could not. I just found a very dramatic demonstration showing how many microscopic droplets we exhale just with normal speech. Here is the link: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2007800 Click on the video and see how many droplets are present with normal speech, both with and without a mask. The difference is quite striking. Clearly a mask is reducing these tiny droplets even if you are contagious but not showing symptoms.
There was also a recent unintentional test of mask effectiveness. Two hairdressers who had the infection wore masks while working on 139 clients, and none of these clients got the virus. You can find this link here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/14/health/coronavirus-hair-salon-masks.html
Masks are not totally effective at protecting you from the virus but if people around you are wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, and you wash your hands regularly, your risk of catching the virus is very low.
As an aside, I have been very concerned about the medical establishment’s partnership with the media in scaring people to get them to comply. I recognize their motivation but from my perspective, fear suppresses the immune system and makes a person more susceptible to getting the infection.
If you get regular chiropractic care to enhance your immune system, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, avoid sugar, exercise regularly, and meditate, your risk of getting sick is significantly less. Even though living a healthy lifestyle reduces your risk, it is still important for those of us who are healthy to wear masks and take precautions to protect those who are not so healthy.
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.