Read the Summary of Ryan’s FB Live Video Urging Everyone to Wear Masks
Hello Family, friends, friends of friends, mild acquaintances and future friends, I have a plea for you all to wear masks, any mask, while you are in public. This along with staying home and washing your hands will help save lives in your community and worldwide.
As of April 1st, 2020. there are four European countries and many other regions have made laws requiring masks, and the World Health Organization and CDC is rethinking their stance on the general public wearing masks! (It’s about time).
I believe that we will look back in a few months or a year we will realize that the second biggest mistake the US made in this pandemic, after not preparing tests quick enough, was the guidance for the general public not to wear masks.
The director of the Chinese CDC, George Gao, has said publicly that is indeed largest mistake we are making. I believe this mistake will reveal itself over the course of the next few days and weeks. We have seen a huge increase in news the past few days saying this and is a large reason that many Asian countries with dense populations are having more success than European countries and the US & Canada.
The point of this video is again to remind you all to stay safe and help keep your communities safe by staying home and if you are going to be in public because your career requires it or you need to get supplies, PLEASE WEAR A MASK.
If you have the capability, please help others get masks. Please do not hoard or purchase medical grade masks that HCP needs, mainly N95s. But it does seem that anything is better than nothing, even if it means covering your mouth and nose with a scarf, handkerchief or t-shirt.
Better yet, make or have someone help you make a washable (and therefore reusable) fabric mask (or get a kit on my website that you can make at home). As you see more surgical masks become available and the crisis for PPE for health care providers decline, then we may get the go ahead to start wearing the surgical or better quality masks.
-Let me go over a few more reasons I think this is so important (and please note that I do not have a medical background)
- Here is a quote from China’s CDC director: The big mistake in the U.S. and Europe, in my opinion, is that people aren’t wearing masks. This virus is transmitted by droplets and close contact. Droplets play a very important role—you’ve got to wear a mask, because when you speak, there are always droplets coming out of your mouth. Many people have asymptomatic or presymptomatic infections. If they are wearing face masks, it can prevent droplets that carry the virus from escaping and infecting others.
- We are hearing many people say that wearing a mask will not prevent air and droplets from escaping and may create a false sense of security. I agree, we can be lulled into a false sense of security, but I believe wearing a mask will remind us not to touch our face, reduce the droplet going forward as you speak and even remind us to speak less in public. These factors will all help substantially
How can you help beyond washing your hands, staying at home and personally wearing a mask?
1. Don’t stigmatize others wearing masks, thank them!
2. Make masks if you have capability (there are local groups with fabric and supplies making them) Please look for local groups on Facebook or find a local quilters group and they will help you find them.
3. Share the message and encourage others.
My family and I started themaskpros.com almost a month ago when we realized the huge shortage in facemasks for personal use locally. I realized that a kit with the supplies needed to make reusable masks at home (even with no sewing machine) might be useful for many people and a great craft project for kids at home from school.
These are for sale on themaskpros.com and all proceeds are going to help buy and make PPE for healthcare professionals. At the website there are tons of great designs that you can make from scratch if you have fabric and sewing machine at home or a 3D printer. We are also committed to adding resources for other ideas on making a mask with supplies you might have at home (besides TP), like rubber bands and t-shirts or pillow cases. Check out the website at themaskpros.com. We are also trying to keep up on twitter, facebook with news and new methods for mask making while making the kits and helping make masks for our community in Oregon.
Please let me know any feedback or resources you need and any way I can help. We are finding ways to sources surgical and KN95 masks, please let me know if I can help you or your organization.