President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have been doubling-masking for weeks. White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has also said that wearing not one, but two masks is effective. Are you rocking the same two-mask look that your president and vice president are? If so, you might want to ditch whichever of the two masks doesn’t look good on you.
Michael Osterholm, a top infectious disease expert who served on President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board during the presidential transition, is warning citizens that two face masks may actually do more harm than good.
“When we talk about double-masking, remember what we’re really talking about is just trying to prevent the virus from being excreted by me into the air or me inhaling the virus from someone else in the air, and it’s both a function of face fit and face filtration,” Osterholm tells the very negative Chuck Todd on Meet the Press.
“So, what we’re concerned about is that many of these face cloth coverings do have already compromised fit or filtration capacity,” Osterholm goes on. “If you add on another mask, you may actually make it tougher for the air to move through the two-cloth area, and then at that point, it causes more air to actually leak around the sides, which actually enhances your ability to get infected.”
“Think about your swim goggles,” Osterholm says before asking the key question: “When’s the last time anybody leaked at the lenses? They leak at the fit.”
Osterholm does admit that two masks can be effective at times when used in a certain way.
However, instead of wearing two masks, as most in the media suggest, Osterholm says to stop wearing your mask under your nose. Seems reasonable, no?
I was quite skeptical of the two masks idea when the New York Times began to cite “data.” When the (failing) New York Times quotes data, I close the webpage.
The choice, for now, is up to you. Social media does say everyone should be more like Kamala Harris, a two-mask-wearer, so there is that…