JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2020 6:00 pm
Because I believe in science and medicine over politics, I wear a mask whenever I am out in public among other people. And that will be the case until the COVID-19 pandemic ends with a vaccine, an antibody treatment, natural herd immunity, or proven treatment drugs.
It’s actually stunning how much confusion there still is over using a mask. Only an N95 or elastomeric mask (or a full HAZMAT suit!) will do a good job of protecting a person from getting COVID-19, and those should be left to health care workers. But any decent face covering will prevent some expelling of droplets and thereby reduce your contagiousness to others if you are a carrier.
In other words, you don’t wear a mask to protect yourself, you do it as a courtesy and protection for your fellow human beings.
Sadly, wearing a mask has become somewhat political, though many on the conservative side of the aisle embrace masks, including powerful Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.
When this all began in mid-March, my girlfriend Susie “Fever” Dyhr found two N95 masks in our basement that she had used in house construction work when she was a realtor in Florida more than a decade ago. That made them not usable for health care workers, but fine for our limited essential trips.
But the straps broke quickly on both and we had to figure out new straps that were not ideal.
Knowing we didn’t need anything more than basic masks to reduce our potential transmission to others, I called my good friend Brian “Splash” Cooper at Logo Infusion, where I am a staffer, and ordered 30 masks with my 11thFrame.com logo. (I gladly paid for them.)
The material is the same used in Logo’s awesome jerseys and is machine washable so we are good for a long time.
(NOTE: As detailed under “AFFILIATES” at 11thFrame.com, I am on the bowling staff of Logo Infusion.)