Testing has found that surgical masks are less effective than cloth masks (thread count dependent) are less effective than N95 masks.
Fit is important. Surgical masks and N95 masks have a strip of soft embedded metal that can be bent so that the mask conforms precisely around the nose. Be sure the mask is right side up. It is easy to see the metal strip on an N95 mask, but not on a surgical mask because it is sewn inside - you have to feel for the metal strip.
Cloth masks have no metal strip. People wearing a cloth mask usually have an open area around the nose. People wearing a cloth mask on the tip of their nose (which is quite common) have a rather large open area around the nose. Because of the fit problem around the nose, cloth masks are probably worse than properly fitted surgical masks, and certainly worse than properly fitted N95 masks.
Wearing a mask below the nose is like wearing no mask at all.
Having a condition that makes it impossible to wear a mask does not render one invulnerable or uncontagious. If you cannot wear a mask you should never go near anyone who is also not wearing a mask.
Lastly, falsely claiming you cannot wear a mask is despicable.
Well, a week ago I happened into a close unmasked encounter with a stranger. I have come down with some sort of bug, although my test results from a Wednesday 10-13-21 saliva test did come back negative.
I did have my 2 doses of Moderna, and my symptoms are mild.
Per instruction from the owner, I took Wednesday night off from my night cleaning job at the vet clinic. I am the only one in the building for that job. I presume the negative results are good enough for me to resume there.
I have continued my night job at the radio station, where I have at most minimal contact with others. I think that same time presence will now be cut down to none. Unfortunately, I've managed to make myself near absolutely essential for the station to operate.
Professor, geology, Whatsamatta U Evolution - Changes in the environment, caused by the interactions of the components of the environment.
"Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer." - Bruce Graham
"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." - John Kenneth Galbraith
"Yesterday on Fox News, commentator Glenn Beck said that he believes President Obama is a racist. To be fair, every time you watch Glenn Beck, it does get a little easier to hate white people." - Conan O'Brien
"Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable." - John Kenneth Galbraith
It says something about the qualities of our current president that the best argument anyone has made in his defense is that he didn't know what he was talking about. - Paul Krugman (as stolen from Chiroptera's signature)
"My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes" - Ronald Reagan (1984)
"I know a little about a lot of things, and a lot about a few things, but I'm highly ignorant about everything." - Moose
The radio system is that I get paid 1 hour a day, 7 days a week. Then I put down 3 hours per day as volunteer time. The vet clinic is about 2 to 3 hours a day, 5 days a week. So, between the 2, I'm about a half time worker.
Both jobs pay pretty well as I see it, $15/hr at the radio and $16/hr (IIRC) at the vet clinic. With my humble low expense existence, I get by pretty well on that.
I'm a natural social distancer, even before COVID. I'm probably high on the list of people least effected by COVID. Other than one day at the clinic pending the COVID test results, that pandemic has not impacted my job operations. If anything, my time at both job locations has increased.
And I'm a cat person, so puppies would be a bad thing.
Cats are susceptible to COVID. Not that I've heard of for dogs. Not that I'm in that loop, but I haven't heard of any cat COVID cases at the place I work.
Edited by Minnemooseus, : Added first 2 paragraphs.