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You are correct, however

(of course there's a however)

So of the masked people you see, what percentage are still wearing colored fabric cloth masks that are nowhere near like the "surgical masks properly worn." Perhaps our elected officials have custom built N95 fabric within theirs, there is no way they could be considered properly worn. When I wear a mask it is a surgical mask, however it may stay properly worn a fraction of the time. That is rare anyway, just where a sign tells me to mask or if I am visiting a facility that I know will require one.

The CDC doesn't even stress proper wear, and its my guess there are many here that don't properly mask, regardless of there personal position on it. So surgical masks reduce the spread by about 11% when properly worn. That is based on spread rates on the order of 4%. So if the spread rate is 4% without a mask, it's 3.56% with. So in a room of 1000 people, 40 got infected vs 36. So of those 4 additional infections, how many in 100,000 might be hospitalized, and how does that really impact the hospital bed/care situation? I think you know all those odds better but you can see it's not really significant, unless your math says otherwise.

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Posted: 09/16/2021 at 4:56PM


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