Science, as we know, is undoubtedly not exact. Scientific discoveries overright themselves at breakneck speed, especially when we talk about medicine and healthcare treatments.
It is well-known that not everything that is discovered in our visible and invisible worlds is immediately communicated to the public, most of the time due to commercial and financial interests.
That is why it is outrageous and unthinkable that life-saving information that would surely spare lives and suffering could be kept from the public at a time when information is the most valuable resource.
It is the responsibility and obligation of health authorities to provide all new information about the Coronavirus emergency in a timely fashion, so people can take all precautions to prevent infection, sickness and death. However, that is not what is happening.
Governments around the world still tell billions of people two big lies about how to prevent coronavirus from spreading.
1. SARS CoV-2 cannot travel in the air beyond one meter and a half of distance.
2. People who are not sick or who do not show symptoms typical of Coronavirus should not wear masks.
The idea that the SARS CoV-2 does not travel further than a couple of meters is one the public has been fed from the beginning. It is sufficient with keeping a distance of about 1.5 meters between people to be safe from contagion, should someone sneeze or cough. Due to its weight, the virus, health authorities say, would fall to the ground after a few moments.
That is not true, and millions of people may have been contaminated with SARS CoV-2 because of this false belief.
SARS CoV-2 has been scientifically proven to remain in the air
According to a study produced by the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the National Strategic and Research Institute and the United States Airforce School of Aerospace Medicine, SARS CoV-2 can indeed remain in the air.
“Understanding the modes of transmission of emerging infectious disease is a key factor in protecting healthcare workers and implementing effective public health measures. The lack of evidence on SARS-CoV-2 transmission dynamics has led to shifting isolation guidelines between airborne and droplet isolation precautions by the WHO, U.S. CDC, and other public health authorities,” related the study.
According to the report issued after the study was concluded, experts collected three types of samples:
1. surface samples
2. high volume air samples
3. low volume personal air samples
Air samples, the document says, were collected both in isolation rooms and in the hallways. Air samples were taken in the hallways during sampling activities and samplers were placed on the floor adjacent to rooms.
“Air samples taken on the hallways were 66.7% positive, with a mean concentration of 2.59 copies/L of air. Contamination exists in all types of samples: high and low-volume air samples.”
With healthcare practitioners entering and exiting the rooms of Covid-19 patients and shedding the virus outside those rooms, on the hallways, it is very likely that infection of their colleagues and people who circulate unprotected may occur by what is called indirect contagion.
The collection of air samples outside patients’ rooms which gave positive for Covid-19 demonstrates that the virus can be in the air long enough to be inhaled by doctors, nurses and other people who circulate there and who do not wear masks.
In conclusion, “SARS-CoV-2 is shed during respiration, toileting, and fomite contact, indicating that infection may occur in both direct and indirect contact.”
Why would health authorities and governments lie about or ignore something so serious? Feel free to come up with your own conclusions, but the reason seems to be linked to the second lie.
What happened to the masks?
After listening to authorities from many different countries it is clear that they believe that wearing a mask is something that must be left to people who already got infected with the virus or those who are suspected to be contagious, as well as for doctors and first responders who are on the front lines.
Last week, Costa Rican virologist, Christian Marín, said on a television interview on channel 7 that people should not attempt to wear a mask, because it would be too difficult for them to place it properly on their faces. In other words, people would be too stupid to wear a mask that would protect them from Covid-19.
It is very likely that health authorities lied about the need to wear masks because there are not enough of them available for everyone to wear. The question is, what has happened in countries where masks have been worn by most people before leaving their homes?
No one better than George Gao, the Director of the Chinese Centers for Disease Control to tell us.
“Not implementing the widespread use of masks to protect against COVID-19 is a “big mistake” that the United States and European countries are making in their response to the outbreak,” warned Gao last week.
The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to claim that masks do not necessarily protect healthy people from becoming infected while doing their daily tasks.
“It is a big mistake,” said Gao in an interview published in Science. “This virus is transmitted by droplets and close contact. The drops play a very important role: you have to wear a mask because when you speak, drops always come out of your mouth,” confirmed Gao.
“Many people have asymptomatic or presymptomatic infections,” Gao confirmed. “By wearing face masks, they can prevent the droplets carrying the virus from escaping and infecting others.”
But let’s not take Gao’s word at face value. Let’s look at evidence about the positive effects of wearing masks in countries where such action has made a huge difference in terms of reducing contagion.
While every country where Covid-19 has landed experienced an exponential number of cases in just a few weeks, in the Czech Republic, people managed to stop the growing infection curve with a very simple practice: people have been wearing N95 masks and even homemade masks whenever they leave their homes, in addition to following limits in social interaction, washing their hands and cleaning surfaces.
“Based on recent data, we know that population-wide, the use of masks is essential for the suppression of the outbreak,” explains Vojtech Petracek, PhD and Associate Professor at the Czech Technical University.
“According to our professional experience, simple homemade masks can prevent 100% of the spread of particles,” says Vladimir Zdimal, PhD and Head of the Department of Chemistry at the Czech Academy of Sciences.
“The more people with masks, the less the virus can be distributed and the fewer people are exposed,” adds Emil Pavlik, PhD, Microbiologist and Virologist.
In the Czech Republic, people began making masks at home and giving them to others for free. Companies all over the country and even nursing homes had people sew masks for everyone else who could not buy one.
If governments were actually concerned with the health of the population, it would be possible to supply face masks to millions of people in a matter of days.
The success observed in the Czech Republic was such that a nationwide campaign was started under the handle #masks4all. The slogan chosen for the campaign was equally successful: “I protect you, you protect me”.
After three whole months since the Wuhan virus began spreading, most developed countries are unsuccessfully fighting the hardest they can to slow down the spread of Coronavirus. While the Czech Republic has seen a total of 3,001 confirmed cases, with a death rate of only 0,77%, Spain and Italy, count their deaths in the tens of thousands, and those infected have reached 100,000.
Why is it that the mainstream media, health authorities, and governments have ignored the possibility that airborne SARS CoV-2 is a real threat beyond 1.5 meters?
Why have authorities constantly advised people NOT to wear life-saving masks, even if they are homemade, given Czech Republic’s success in stopping infection with Covid-19?
It is mind-numbing to know that politicians and doctors in many countries could have chosen to save thousands of lives but did not. The reason for this decision is the least important aspect of the Coronavirus emergency. Let the lesson be learned: People should not trust the media, politicians and in many cases doctors with their health.