A little more graphical presentation of similar information...France and Italy both have had compulsory mask laws since early summer. Norway has notably eschewed a general masking requirement.
Data is normalized for population.
Seeing how science is being manipulated to fit a message by the CDC and others is rather interesting, if a little distressing.
Back in the summer, the CDC released a case report of two hairdressers in Missouri who were COVID positive but wore masks while they served customers in close contact and none of the customers became infected. In their discussion of this case report, the CDC said the following:
The results of this study can be used to inform public health policy during the COVID-19 pandemic. A policy mandating the use of face coverings was likely a contributing factor in preventing transmission of SARS-CoV-2 during the close-contact interactions between stylists and clients in salon A.
At the time it was released, I noted that this "study" was pretty shoddy science because there was no maskless hairdresser to serve as a control and the outcome was negative....there may have been a dozen other factors that prevented infection but in order to advance the messaging on masks, the CDC held this up as proof that masks work.
Yesterday, using another case study from a prison in Vermont, the CDC changed it's "close contact" definition to include repeated short contacts as a possible transmission vector in addition to the 15 minute contact time they had been using.
What got no mention by the CDC is that the prison guard who got infected, apparently through repeated short contacts with infected prisoners, was wearing a mask, goggles and a gown the entire time and the prisoners were wearing masks almost all the time. The other thing to note is that we don't have to take anyone's word for it, all of these interactions are on video.
[Infected prisoners] wore microfiber cloth masks during most interactions with the correctional officer that occurred outside a cell; however, during several encounters in a cell doorway or in the recreation room, [infected prisoners] did not wear masks. During all interactions, the correctional officer wore a microfiber cloth mask, gown, and eye protection (goggles). The correctional officer wore gloves during most interactions.
While this case report completely contradicts the argument the CDC made about masks just a few months earlier, I don't actually think either of these "studies" prove anything because the n is so small and they are so uncontrolled.
But, I do find it rather fascinating that they are being produced the way they are by the CDC for obvious consumption by the media and in the interest of furthering a specific message.
On Monday, I foolishly believed that changing the faucet in my kid's bathroom was going to be a simple affair. It was not. The old valve bodies were so rusted and rotted, they fought me every step of the way.
8 hours later, I was done, but not after making several trips to home depot for tools I didn't need or want, and didn't work anyways. The first valve body gave in when I gave it a turn with a pipe wrench. The top nut just disintegrated and it fell through.
The cold valve body was another story completely. That motherfucker. Banging, cranking, twisting, turning, filing, drilling, and cutting were required. I had to pull the pedestal away from the wall for all of this work, too. Hadn't planned on that-but it made an impossible task possible.
Anyways, was pretty beat yesterday. My back was so sore-and is still sore today, too. But the show must go on...
20Sx20R@35lbs. ~50-55sec rest time. Total time was 28:31. Avg HR 117, max 143.
Clean and Press
Something like that.
295.1 this AM without even the courtesy of a BM. I'm thinking that my lack of muscle activation has been my missing puzzle piece for the last 2 months where I've lost no weight. Hoping to have fixed that, now.