BJU Today: Q&A about COVID-19 - Is COVID-19 real and is it that serious? Are we not giving in to too much fear as Christians? Can we trust the new vaccines?

"...for believers to use protective measures is not an indicator of fear but of wisdom. Using an umbrella when it’s raining or a coat when it’s cold doesn’t mean that you do not believe that our Lord can heal pneumonia." - BJUToday

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Don Johnson's picture

" If PPEs and face masks are able to protect against the transmission of germs in complex and highly exposed clinical settings, their efficacy in preventing community spread during respiratory outbreaks is quickly understood. Thus, they became essential in stopping the Manchurian plague in 1910–11 and a decade later the deadly 1918–1919 influenza pandemic."

Except we are dealing with open wounds in public (most of the time) and where is the data that the key to stopping the mentioned outbreaks actually were "essential" to stopping them?

I'll be glad to chane my opinion of facemasks if its advocates can produce actual data showing their direct corollation to controlling a virus (that is smaller than the weave on almost all masks in use).

Maranatha!
Don Johnson
Jer 33.3

dgszweda's picture

Don Johnson wrote:

I'll be glad to chane my opinion of facemasks if its advocates can produce actual data showing their direct corollation to controlling a virus (that is smaller than the weave on almost all masks in use).

Don it stops the droplets that contain the virus, not free floating virus.  There is enormous amounts of peer reviewed published data around coronavirus specifically and the efficacy of masks.

Here is one clinical trial

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1201971220303994

To be the most effective, both the infected and the uninfected should be wearing masks and should social distance.

Don Johnson's picture

From what I can gather, the numbers in this trial are small and the conclusion states: "More clinical trials are needed to assess the efficacy of respiratory protection against coronavirus infections."

In other words, they still don't know.

Maranatha!
Don Johnson
Jer 33.3