Several leading “health experts” recently began recommending
that people wear two facial masks instead of one to protect themselves
and others from the various strains of coronavirus now flitting about the
fruited plain. “Double masking,” they say, is best achieved by placing a cloth
mask over a surgical one. The unavoidable Dr. Fauci himself bestowed his
imprimatur on multi-masking in an interview with NBC's "Today” show.
Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor told the hosts, "If you have a physical
covering with one layer, you put
another layer on, it just makes common sense that it likely
would be more effective.” (I’m sure condom manufacturers are happy to hear
Dr. Jay Varma,
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio's senior adviser on public health, also
recently spoke in favor of multiple facial prophylactics. He noted, "If
you have the opportunity to wear more than one mask, it is more likely that
it's going to be helpful than it's going to be harmful. In fact, myself, I now
am starting to wear a surgical mask covered by a fabric mask.” He added,
"More is probably better.” Indeed! If “more than one” is better than one,
how many is truly enough?
there’s more! (Remember, more is better.) Linsey Marr, another expert in virus
transmission and a professor at Virginia Tech University to boot, told AARP: "A
mask is like an obstacle course for particles to get through. Adding a second
mask increases the chance that the particle will be trapped before it gets
through." A mask is also an obstacle course for air and oxygen to
get through, but breathing is probably overrated anyway. If one has two lungs,
why not two masks?
that matter, if one wants to be really safe and is a bit of an overachiever, why
not wear four masks, doubling the doubling?! That’s gotta be
um, four times better than a single mask, right. Maybe more if each mask
adds an exponential effect.
It turns out I am on to something. Dr. Scott Segal-- chair of Anesthesiology at Wake
Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina-- recently told NBC news that we should consider
wearing four face masks at once.
We’ve gone from “two weeks to flatten the curve”…to we must all wear masks everywhere
we go…to wearing two masks would be better……to “maybe four masks would
do the trick.” Is this the new normal?
I hereby propose that
football, hockey and basketball players should be mandated to wear at least
four masks, as they are at heightened risk of spreading the disease due to
extreme physical exertion and consequent heavy breathing.
Better safe than sorry. That
way we can all breathe easier. Right?