Since the Wuhan coronavirus now has a documented 83% infection rate among those who are exposed, the fact that N95 masks are giving people a false sense of protection should be more than a little alarming.
As reported by the media in Asia (originally in Mandarin Chinese):
(Translated) This person is Wang Guangfa, a physician at Peking University Hospital. He previously went to Wuhan to investigate the epidemic, and later emphasized to the public that the epidemic was "preventable and controllable." Now he became a patient and caused a lot of outcry among netizens.
Wang Guangfa went on to point out that the second point of doubt was that he had visited fever clinics and temporary isolation wards in several hospitals 2 days before returning to Beijing. Some hospitals had crowded fever clinics, and patients with neocoronavirus pneumonia were likely to be present. Although they were also highly alert to enter with N95 masks, in retrospect, he suddenly realized that everyone was not equipped with protective glasses.
Therefore, it is suspected that the virus first entered the conjunctiva and then spread to the whole body. If this speculation is true, his protective blind spot is not worn. Protective glasses, Wang Guangfa's inference caused a lot of discussion among netizens, everyone said, "It is terrible to pass through the conjunctiva!", "Seeing patients on the video, only masks without goggles, I still feel at risk", Important, don't rub your eyes while wearing goggles, ...Front-line medical staff should pay attention to eye protection.
The idea that N95 masks can prevent a non-infected person from contracting a coronavirus infection is rooted in falsehood. No such protection is offered from N95 masks. Primarily, they are supposed to be worn by people who are already infected so that when they speak, cough or sneeze, they don't project aerosolized viral matter into the air around them.
For a non-infected person to equip themselves with the kind of protection that would allow them to walk through infected areas and not contract the pathogen, they would need full face respirators that have a silicone seal to force all incoming air through respirator filtration cartridges. 3M makes numerous full face respirators, but most of those are already sold out across America.
Consider that for a moment: Nearly every N95 mask and full face respirator is already sold out across the entire country, and there are only five confirmed cases in America so far. How hard will it be to get supplies when there are 50 confirmed cases? Or 500?
China is already buying up every N95 mask in North America and air shipping them to the Chinese mainland. That means they've already run out... and their domestic factories can't keep up with demand.
Somehow, literally millions of N95 masks have already been consumed or distributed in this outbreak that the Chinese government claims has only infected a little over 2,000 people. Clearly their "official" numbers are pure fiction.
Meanwhile, the average America is far more devastated by the death of Kobe Bryant than the fact that a global pandemic has already arrived in America and could kill millions of people if not immediately contained.
According to The Lancet science journal, the coronavirus has already achieved a 15% fatality rate and an 83% infection rate. Mathematically speaking, this means that if every person in the greater metropolitan Los Angeles area is exposed, we would expect 1.4 million fatalities in Los Angeles alone, if the numbers reported in The Lancet hold true.
It's sad that Kobe and his daughter were killed in a helicopter crash, but there are tens of millions of other Americans whose lives will be in grave danger if this outbreak is not urgently contained. Yet at this very moment almost no one in the health care establishment seems to be aware that coronavirus can infect people through their eyes.
This is all starting to feel a lot like the Titanic running full steam ahead during a pitch dark night in an ocean full of icebergs. And as you likely have already figured out, there aren't nearly enough lifeboats for everyone to make it out alive.
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