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PHD: Questions needing answers

| August 5, 2020 1:00 AM

1. If masks are so great preventing COVID virus, why have more than 1,100 Idaho health workers tested positive? Are they not trained for the use of N95 masks? Did these masks fail? Did they use incorrect masks? Are health care workers the disease vectors? Is respiratory or contact the primary transmission method?

2. Were you aware CDC-NOSH states a surgical mask “does not provide the wearer with a reliable level protection from inhaling smaller airborne particles and is not considered respiratory protection?” This was taken from “Understanding the Difference” between a surgical mask and an N95 respirator graphic. I have a copy of this graphic.

3. I infer from No. 2 above that lesser masks, cloth, dust, paint, bandanna, etc., also do not provide the wearer with a reliable level of protection against virus. I can find no valid peer-reviewed study that shows opposite.

4. Do county mask requirements increase COVID infections? That may be the case here in Kootenai County and in Sevier County, Tenn. If a viral “cycle” is about five days, after two cycles (10 days, Aug. 2) can we expect a large jump in active cases? I see total local infections jumped 87 from July 28 to July 30 (6+%). What can we expect by Aug. 2 and later? Doubling or more?

Repeal the poorly verified and hastily passed mask mandate. Disagree? Argue only science.

ALLEN FULLETON

Hayden