China’s public health bureau recently published a chart showing how important it is for everyone to wear masks in public because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you have not seen the chart, here is a simple translation:
ONE: The risk of infection is 100% when a healthy person without a mask is exposed to an infected person without a mask.
TWO: When a healthy person wearing a mask is exposed to an infected person without a mask, the risk factor is 70%.
THREE: When an infected person is wearing a mask and the healthy one isn’t, the risk factor is 5%
FOUR: When both the healthy and infected people wear masks, the risk factor is 1.5%.
Without the ability to test people weekly to discover who is immune because they carry the antibodies that protect them from the virus, or to learn if they are infected or healthy, individuals that refuse to wear masks in public are playing Russian Roulette with their lives and/or the lives of others.
In fact, the odds are a lot worse than Russian Roulette where you load a five-chamber pistol with one bullet, spin the chamber and then place the barrel under your chin and pull the trigger. The average pistol has five chambers that hold five bullets. With four chambers empty, that means the odds of blowing your brains out are only 20%.
Have you heard of Typhoid Mary? Mary Mallon, also known as Typhoid Mary, was an Irish-born cook believed to have infected 53 people, three of whom died, with typhoid fever, and the first person in the United States identified as an asymptomatic carrier of the disease. After she was identified as a carrier, she continued to infect others.
Did you know that mad dogs running loose in public are usually shot or euthanized because they are a threat to other animals and people?
Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam combat veteran with a BA in journalism and an MFA in writing, who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).
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