This Saturday Ohio University held their annual BobcaThon. BobcaThon is an annual fundraiser at Ohio University that benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.
At BobcaThon students dance for 12 hours in the Baker Center ballroom. Masking at this event is required for everyone regardless of vaccination status according to Ohio University’s Presidential Health Directives.
As you can see below all of the students were masked.
You can go to the BobcaThon pages and see even little children there with their family had to mask up. There is no exception in the mask requirement for speakers, you are still required to wear a mask while speaking. Other speakers at the event had to wear a mask even when alone with nobody around them as you can see below:
There was one person who did not have to wear a mask, That person was Ohio University president Hugh Sherman, yes the same Hugh Sherman who approved the mask mandate he is clearly violating below:
If President Sherman really believed students who are at a much lower risk than him needed to be masked AT ALL TIMES INDOORS to prevent the spread of COVID why would he violate his own requirement?
This shouldn’t be a surprise, President Sherman already admitted he’s “tired of the masks too”, and he’s right here, honestly the problem is not that he doesn’t wear a mask. The problem is that he is still making students wear masks. WHY?
A recent Time Magazine article titled “College COVID-19 Restrictions No Longer Make Sense” Summed it up well when they said “Restrictions appear to correlate with political leanings of the surrounding area”, Not with science or data.
So what does that data and science say about masks? we recently went over this in the post “No, Masks Don’t Work, The Data, Science, And People Telling You To Wear a Mask Prove It.” But to FURTHER prove masks don’t work and even cause harm. In our lawsuit Stephen Petty professional engineer and industrial hygienist, Mr. Petty holds relevant industry certifications including board certifications as a C.I.H. (Certified Industrial Hygienist), a C.S.P. (Certified Safety Professional), and is a P.E. (Professional Engineer) in six states (FL, KY, OH, PA, TX and WV)…
…and James Casciano (industrial engineer), Casciano holds a B.S. in Environmental Health from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science and a M.S. in Environmental Health and Industrial Hygiene from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Both provided sworn affidavits in summary proving masks are not effective and furthermore do cause harm. The Full Affidavits are below.
Mr. Petty is certified as an expert witness in the area of personal protective equipment and related disciplines in approximately 400 legal cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. Let’s take a closer look at his evidence masks don’t work and cause more harm than good.
According to Petty’s Affidavit Industrial hygienists refer to a ‘Hierarchy of Controls’. that are typically implemented to minimize exposures, including exposures to very small airborne aerosols like SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This Hierarchy of Controls has been in place for nearly I00 years. The attached chart is below.
He goes on to say Regarding practical or ‘engineering, controls, industrial hygienists focus on practices that dilute, destroy, or contain airborne hazards (or hazards in general). Petty says “Facial coverings -do not dilute, destroy, or contain airborne hazards and are not considered by CDC or OSHA to be Personalized Protective Equipment (PPE)”.
Even the new ASTM Masks Standard (ASTM F3502-2 I -Standard Specification for Barrier Face Coverings (BFCs)] states that masks are not PPE and are not protective. Therefore. facial coverings are not part of the Industrial Hygiene (IH) Hierarchy of Controls. Even respirators (part of the PPE Category and classified separately from masks) are in the last priority on the Hierarchy of Controls.
COVID Spreads Through Aerosolized Particles, Not Through Droplets. Some people still don’t understand this and it has led to them being able to understand how masks are even suppose to work.
It was all the way back on May 7, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its guidance, providing that the primary mechanism for transmission of Covid-19 is through airborne aerosols, and not as the CDC previously stated, by touching contaminated surfaces or through large respiratory droplets.
Recognizing how COVID-19 spreads is critical to devising appropriate mitigation measures, according to Petty. A policy that assumes COVID-19 spreads via droplets and devises a policy seeking to mitigate spread via droplets is not targeting the way COVID-19 actually spreads. As explained below, there is an enormous difference between droplets and aerosolized particles:
Airborne viral aerosols can consist of a single viral particle or multiple viral particles
clumped together, and usually smaller than 5 µm (microns) in size. COVID aerosols are 0.1 µm in size. By comparison, droplets are >5 µm to >10 µm in size. A square micron is approximately I/4000th the area of the cross-section of a human hair and 1188th the diameter of a human hair. SARS-CoV-2 particles arc ~1/10 of a micron or
~1/40,000th the area of a cross section of a human hair or~ I/880th the diameter of a human hair.
Below is a chart to visual just how small we are talking:
A recent University of Florida study capturing air samples within an enclosed automobile cabin occupied by a COVID-positive individual showed that the only culturable Covid-19 virus samples obtained were between 0.25 µm to 0.5 µm in size. Particles smaller than 5 µmare considered very small and/or very fine or aerosols.
By definition. N95s are rated as capable of removing 95% of particles that are 0.3 microns and larger. As noted above, COVID particles are 1/10 or 0.1 of a micron.
Prolonged and Extended mask wearing leads to all sorts of harmful problems, according to Mr. Petty A regime requiring use of masks by children or young adults in schools all day every day with no breaks and no endpoint, would not even be permitted under OSHA rules if applied to use of N95 respirators on adults in the workplace. Extended use of respiratory PPE is not indicated without medical supervision. He says under OSHA rules. even use of an N95 respirator cannot be required without the employee obtaining medical clearance for such use.
The Harms Of N95s are Well Documented
Even the CDC in early 2020 admitted the “The Physiological Burden of Prolonged PPE Use”. They admit wearing a N95 for a long time without taking it off increases your blood CO2 Levels and causes all sorts of harmful effects the CDC notes below:
Last year a large scientific review (likely the largest and most thorough study on masks ever done to date) of over 40 studies and over 60 academic publications, it found measurable physical effects including increased heart rates, respiratory rates and elevated CO2 retention were noted even from wearing surgical masks for as few as 30 minutes.
Example statements made in the paper include the following:
“The overall possible resulting measurable drop in oxygen saturation (02) of the blood on the one hand and the increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) on the other contribute to an increased noradrenergic stress response, with heart rate increase and respiratory rate increase, in some cases also to a significant blood pressure increase.”
In fact, “Neither higher level institutions such as the WHO or the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) nor national ones, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, GA, USA (CDC) or the German RKI. substantiate with sound scientific data a positive effect of masks in the public (in terms of a reduced rate of spread ofCOVID-19 in the population)”.
For these reasons, students who are required to wear masks pursuant to a mandate suffer injury without any countervailing benefit.
The authors note: “The overall possible resulting measurable drop in oxygen saturation (02) of the blood on the one hand and the increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) on the other contribute to an increased noradrenergic stress response, with heart rate increase and respiratory rate increase, in some cases also to a significant blood pressure increase
Summarizing their findings, the authors concluded: “there are clear, scientifically recorded adverse effects for the mask wearer. both on a psychological and on a social and physical level.“
Masks Are Also Breeding Grounds for Mold
In addition to these harms relating to oxygen and carbon dioxide flows, masks create conditions for amplification of mold. Mold grows in warm, wet conditions. The key facilitator of mold growth is moisture.
The Environmental Protection Agency counsels that the best way to control mold is to control moisture. The warm wet conditions on the inside of a mask provide an ideal breeding ground for mold and for its amplification. Amplification in this context refers to exponential growth. In optimal conditions like the inside of a mask, mold grows at an exponential rather than a linear rate.
We have actually known masks are a breeding ground for bacteria and mold for over 100 years as we discussed in our previous post “No, Masks Don’t Work, The Data, Science, And People Telling You To Wear a Mask Prove It.“
The person who approved and signed off on the mask mandate doesn’t have to follow it, but the students just raised so much money in the schools name, who get no say and are required to wear masks and even have to wear them for 12 hours straight, despite the overwhelming evidence and scientific literature describing the dangers of doing just that. Ohio University is not following the science, this is clear. The mask mandate should end and masks should be fully optional.
We are left to wonder?