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The Pandemic Difference

This is a pandemic.

The 1918 H1N1 flu pandemic, sometimes referred to as the “Spanish flu,” killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide, including an estimated 675,000 people in the United States.1,2,3,4 An unusual characteristic of this virus was the high death rate it caused among healthy adults 15 to 34 years of age.3

These are deaths caused by the H1N1 virus. (not related to ….)

The USA population in 1918 was a little over 103,000,000 . The USA population  in 2020 is just under 300,000,000  Total number of deaths RELATED TO  BUT NOT NECESSARILY NOT CASUED BY:  128,648 of which well over 40% are folks over 70 with preexisting conditions and most in nursing homes. (thus the related rather than caused)


This is not a pandemic but SIMPLY a virus of which to be careful!!

Before 2020, the folks who knew best about these things said about wearing face mask to protect oneself is below:


The CDC doesn’t recommend that people in public areas wear masks to protect themselves from influenza. (Source Mayo Clinic 2018)


At Baylor Scott and White’s Westlake Clinic, Dr. Myra Pena-Delgado has also seen the high demand for masks.

“I’ve actually had patients who come in to see us and ask to see if we have any flu masks,” she said.

But Dr. Pena-Delgado says wearing a mask isn’t the best strategy for someone who’s healthy to avoid catching the flu.

“It’s not 100 percent effective,” she said. “It shouldn’t replace other preventative strategies such as hand washing and the flu vaccine.”

Dr. Pena-Delgado also says while masks could protect from some airborne pathogens if you’re in close contact with someone who already has the flu, after a while, the condensation from your breath, can make the mask ineffective.

“It breaks down the protective barrier from the mask,” she said.

(by: DeAnn Hays

Posted: Feb 1, 2018 / 05:18 PM CST / Updated: Feb 1, 2018 / 05:18 PM CST



Recommendations for Facemask  Use to Reduce 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Transmission

September 24, 2009 10:00 AM ET

The following is from the CDC About face mask for the H1N1 Flu

In the absence of clear scientific data, the interim recommendations below have been developed on the basis of public health judgment, the historical use of facemasks and respirators in other settings for preventing transmission of influenza and other respiratory viruses, and on current information on the spread and severity of the 2009 influenza A (H1N1) virus.

In community and home settings, the use of facemasks and respirators generally are not recommended.

Facemasks do not seal tightly to the face and are used to block large droplets from coming into contact with the wearer’s mouth or nose.

Facemasks:  Unless otherwise specified, the term ”facemasks” refers to disposable facemasks cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as medical devices. This includes facemasks labeled as surgical, dental, medical procedure, isolation, or laser masks. Such facemasks have several designs. One type is affixed to the head with two ties, conforms to the face with the aid of a flexible adjustment for the nose bridge, and may be flat/pleated or duck-billed in shape. Another type of facemask is pre-molded, adheres to the head with a single elastic band, and has a flexible adjustment for the nose bridge. A third type is flat/pleated and affixes to the head with ear loops. Facemasks cleared by the FDA for use as medical devices have been determined to have specific levels of protection from penetration of blood and body fluids. Facemasks help stop droplets from being spread by the person wearing them. They also keep splashes or sprays from reaching the mouth and nose of the person wearing the facemask. They are not designed to protect against breathing in very small particle aerosols that may contain viruses. Facemasks should be used once and then thrown away in the trash.

Table 1. CDC Interim Recommendations for Facemask and Respirator Use for Home, Community, and Occupational Settings for Non-Ill Persons to Prevent Infection with 2009 H1N1 1 2
Setting Persons not at increased risk of severe illness from influenza

(Non-high risk persons)

Persons at increased risk of severe illness from influenza (High-Risk Persons) 3
No 2009 H1N1 in community Facemask/respirator not recommended Facemask/respirator not recommended
2009 H1N1 in community: not crowded setting Facemask/respirator not recommended Facemask/respirator not recommended
2009 H1N1 in community: crowded setting Facemask/respirator not recommended Avoid setting.

If unavoidable, consider facemask or respirator 4 5

Caregiver to person with influenza-like illness Facemask/respirator not recommended Avoid being caregiver. If unavoidable, use facemask or respirator 4 5
Other household members in home Facemask/respirator not recommended Facemask/respirator not recommended


It is clear for all with an open mind, those who have a skeptical mind and a willingness to question and verify what the authority is saying that the justification for the shut down and the continued governmental overreach is not supported by the facts and numbers.

DO THE NUMBERS, do some research for yourself …… THINK…. QUESTION CHALLENGE…….

Wear a mask if you want, but do not do so because the government tells you too!!

It does not have the authority because the only real crisis is government over reach not a virus which picks on the old and weak.

As for this old fart, I am not putting on a mask unless I am around someone in ill health.