I Spell M.a.s.k.s
We took a 2+ mile walk today to deliver birthday presents. Spring is truly here, even if we will be getting several inches of slushy snow tomorrow (true). Squill and snowdrops were broadly in evidence, but no larger bulbs — daffodils, tulips, hyacynths — were showing anything but green.
We encountered many, many people out walking, riding bikes, running, and skateboarding. It seemed like we spent most of our time avoiding other pedestrians — crossing the street, walking down the middle of it, crossing back, detouring on the Macalester campus because the walkway looked too narrow. We had forgotten to bring our masks and, remarkably, not a single other person we saw was wearing a mask either.
That has to change, and pronto.
The cement rabbit in one yard, however, was well protected.
This has to change PRONTO people.
Here is a preprint of a study (published two days ago) looking at the efficacy of masks, including those made of ordinary cotton:
Bottom line: Even a simple cotton mask is effective in stopping the spread of virus from an infected person. Wear your mask!