Letter: This is why I do not wear a mask in public places

Editor:

I don’t wear a mask in stores because I think they do more harm than good. 

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After all, viruses are way smaller than the pores of the mask material. A mask that was able to block viruses would not allow you to breathe.

Even the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control say there is no evidence that masking healthy people prevents infection with respiratory viruses, although they then recommend wearing masks. 

I assume that is because they don’t know what else to recommend — other than hand-washing and distancing.

Something very important they don’t mention is how to support healthy immune systems, which is the best protection.

Other than sufficient sleep, proper hydration, fresh air and sunshine and exercise, there are critical nutrients that our immune system cannot function without, such as vitamin D, magnesium, vitamin K2 and B12 — and most of us are deficient in at least the first three.

There are already reports from Britain that COVID-19 patients low in vitamin D were more likely to need intensive care in the hospital.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control also states: “Proper use of face masks is essential because improper use might increase the risk for transmission.”

How many people are sanitizing their hands before putting on their masks, re-sanitizing if they accidentally touch them, not letting them hang on an ear or down on their chin or neck, changing them when damp, etc.?

Another question is whether large droplets captured by a mask are aerosolized into breathable components.  

There are even dentists saying that wearing masks is making people breathe through their mouths, which is causing gum disease, cavities and bad breath.

Kristin Saunders

Kamloops

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