Farce mask: it’s safe for only 20 minutes

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Farce mask: it’s safe for only 20 minutes

[Note: Graphics added by me]

April 27, 2003 — 10.00am

Retailers who cash in on community fears about SARS by exaggerating the health benefits of surgical masks could face fines of up to $110,000.

NSW Fair Trading Minister Reba Meagher yesterday warned that distributors and traders could be prosecuted if it was suggested the masks offered unrealistic levels of protection from the disease.

“I’m sure everyone would agree that it is un-Australian to profiteer from people’s fears and anxieties,” Ms Meagher said.

“There appears to be some debate about whether surgical masks are able to minimise the effects of SARS.”

Ms Meagher said her department would investigate any complaints about false mask claims which concerned the public.

“Penalties can range from fines of up to $22,000 for an individual or $110,000 for a corporation,” she said.

Health authorities have warned that surgical masks may not be an effective protection against the virus.

“Those masks are only effective so long as they are dry,” said Professor Yvonne Cossart of the Department of Infectious Diseases at the University of Sydney.

“As soon as they become saturated with the moisture in your breath they stop doing their job and pass on the droplets.”

Professor Cossart said that could take as little as 15 or 20 minutes, after which the mask would need to be changed. But those warnings haven’t stopped people snapping up the masks, with retailers reporting they are having trouble keeping up with demand.

John Bell from the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, who owns a pharmacy in Woollahra, Sydney, said mask supplies were running low.

“At the moment we don’t have any because we haven’t been able to get any in the last few days,” MrBell said. “In the early stages it was unbelievable; we’d get people coming in all the time.”

Mr Bell agreed with Professor Cossart’s assessment regarding the effectiveness of the masks.

“I think they’re of marginal benefit,” he said. “In a way they give some comfort to people who think they’re doing as much as they can do to prevent the infection.”

That seems to be the mentality of travellers to Asian destinations, who are buying and wearing the masks while overseas.

Rosemary Taylor, of Kirribilli, arrived in Sydney from Shanghai last week after a two-week holiday in China. Ms Taylor and travelling companion Joan Switzer had worn the masks during the trip home, even though they had been warned they were of little value.


“We were told you need 16 layers on your mask for it to offer 95per cent protection,” Ms Taylor said.




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  1. That makes sense to me. I see people who wear the mask all day long. I can not nor will I ever. I do wear a mask occasionally at my choice. Those who I am in contact with some are immune compromised. I have a plastic mask with filters on each side and chin with filter. The mask does fog up but I can see. Smiling….I am working it in to a Halloween costume.


  2. They are arresting unvaccinated in Pakistan. They are giving kids shots in England. They are rolling vaccine passports in everyplace which means they were lying.

    If people do not do something soon. it’s over for us–just like Germany.

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  3. No. Everyone with any kind of power in DC is in on these murderous intentions. I just sent an email to Representative Seth Moulton even though I KNOW he knows.

    “To Seth Moulton on 2021-09-21 06:58
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    My new article suggests we require intelligence testing for anyone seeking public office. It has become imperative for legislators to understand scientific studies.

    In my article, I go over ‘prions’ commonly resulting in Mad Cow Disease or:

    Creutzfeld-Jacob disease (CJD), a degenerative brain disorder. .. This infectious agent, called the prion, is responsible for causing a group of fatal neurodegenerative diseases in mammals referred to as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) [2]. In these diseases, prions cause holes to form in the brains of the affected individuals, giving the brain a sponge-like appearance, hence the term spongiform. Affected individuals develop progressively worsening dementia and eventually die. Another example of a prion disease in humans is the Kuru disease in Papua New Guinea, which spreads among tribal people when they eat the brains of deceased relatives during funeral rituals. Prions cause fatal diseases in sheep as well, such as sheep scrapie, and it is believed that sheep may have transmitted the first prions to cows.

    (Source: https://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2013/prions-friend-or-foe/)

    This also becomes important because if they do liquefy the dead and feed it into sewage systems, the resultant bio-sludge targeted for crop fertilization will contain prions which would infect most mammals.

    It is also my belief [after consultation with an aluminium scientist] that the spike protein resulting from the genetic modification from the shot is vectored by aluminium into facilitating the creation of prions.

    This shot is nothing more than a genetic modification experiment facilitated by our government.

    You people really need to be able to understand science. Industry running all our regulatory agencies as marketing arms just won’t do.

    or maybe non-consensual human experimentation in genetic modification is taking place with the blessing of people [like Obama who I voted for twice] because government has deluded itself into thinking we are all feeble-minded. The UK DOD has strongly expressed an interest in this work and DARPA is already exploring it.

    [Yes–I do have Obama’s Bilderberg speech.]”

    We’ll see what he says if anything

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