Death by Virus, and Driving and Crying don't mix

Right perspective in real life

Death by Virus

In times of stress, we look for ways to handle it. Some are more successful than others. In times of orchestrated paranoia, it’s difficult to determine what is real or not. This is meant to provide some perspective in that behalf.

You may think yourself neat and discreet, but awakening to reality may be rude. Granted you may be greater than the sum of your parts (perhaps worth a couple of bucks), but from dust you came, and to dust you shall return ©. Somewhere in between you may accomplish greatness if you have our wits about you. That implies you can think _ independently _ of the puppeteer(s).

So wear a muzzle and be protected from disease. Right!

Most higher quality face masks are designed to provide obstruction, provided by the filter media while breathing in, and no obstruction in the breathing out direction. That is, given the assumption that the something bad is outside of you, not inside of you. Most face masks presently available in this time of hysteria are without this feature, and simply filter in both directions. They imply that both you and them are sick. Maybe so. You might think you’re protected. Think again.

A human hair is around 50 - 70 microns thick (A micron is millionth of a meter, and by some reliable sources, a single micron is 0.00003937008 inches.) So that’s around 50 x 0.00003937008 inches to 70 x 0.00003937008 inches. While that may be small, you’d complain quick if you found one in your food. The present masks protect you well from hair, not that you should expect hair to be flying about, but you never know . . .

Dropping down in size to 10 to 3 microns generally, there is dust, pollen, and mold. Your nose is very good protection for these, as the moist hairs in your nostrils do an excellent job of capturing these particles, binding them and neutralizing them, in boogies, buggers, etc. A dentist I used to visit told me kids eat their boogies, and that is how they develop taste buds. Looking out on on the world, some have made a name for themselves by claiming they have excellent taste buds. I wonder . . .

Periodically, these get ejected by help of tissues, or warm food (like soup) that makes you drip _ gimme a tissue! Intermittently these get ejected in the form of sneezes, with high velocity and with a range of several / many feet. Since these particles are aerodynamically “heavy,” they drop off rapidly with distance. So unless you are in the habit of trying to catch them, intentionally, getting “sprayed” is a very rare exception. That’s not what happens if you have one of those hysteria masks on. Breathe in and those particles (someone else’s) can’t bend around the edges of the mask fast enough to make into your nose, or mouth. So you’re protected. Sneeze, and the face side of your mask is now a wet mess. How do you politely take it off, to trash it, when it’s the only one you have? Trivial detail left to be determined by field experience . . .

Drop down again in size below 3 microns to bacteria, and viruses, and things get interesting. Particles larger than about 3 microns follow an air stream, and when that stream changes direction they impact, or stick to, the nearest surface in their trajectory. So if you were breathing out dust larger than 3 microns (remember dust to dust©), these particles would gradually coat the inside of your mask. But you mostly breathe out particles that are much smaller. If you are contagious, include many bacteria and viruses (some are always emitted, but many more so when you’re sick). These are so small that they easily follow the air stream around the edge of the mask, and join the great outdoors. Similarly, any airborne presence outside of you is Not stopped by that silly mask. So if you are in a waiting room, and someone there is contagious, you might as well kiss your butt goodbye. In the same line of thought, if you feel off, and there is even the remotest chance of you being sick, do everyone a favor, and stay home.

An aside on air streams: air is seldom static, even in isolated enclosed spaces, due to minuscule temperature variations. So if you breathe out in still air, your “cloud” of smaller particles will hover around you. With air motion, your cloud will migrate in whichever direction the air moves (I have for sale microscopic viewing glasses that allow you to see these airborne particles . . . , or you could see them with your naked eyes, if there is a very bright light in front of you, shining on these.). So if you are shopping around, keeping a reasonable distance may be helpful to allow others’ clouds to diffuse out to wherever, although I doubt the 6 feet (2 meters) is a reasonable guideline.

I now note some present experiences. 1) I see people driving, alone, with a mask on. What or who do these people think they are “protecting” themselves from? 2) I see people gardening, alone, with a mask on. ??? 3) An acquaintance went to visit that doctor mentioned earlier, and was in the waiting room. A man was filling out first-time-patient paperwork. A woman was sitting across the room from him. He placed his mobile phone on the bench he was sitting on. The woman asked him if that was safe, thinking someone may have sat there recently . . .

Some of these partial-consciousness individuals need to stay home, until they realize that they are entitled to be ignorant, but not expect that ignorance of others when in public. Who could “teach” them?

As far as viability of the smaller airborne matter we all emit, some are very long lasting, and some cannot live long outside of the host (you and me). So without giving hard numbers, fear not that when you walk into a grocery store, restroom, etc. that every surface is coated with death. It’s not. Credible research is unable to provide any credible estimate of these particles’ longevity (too many variables). So you’re on your own. Was it ever any different?

These masks are only for keeping up appearances, part of the evil plot to dehumanize us, until we are well conditioned to them, and prepared for the next step that’s coming around the bend. I don’t subscribe to conspiracy theories much, although I marveled at watching Star Trek and seeing the imagination become reality. But the present hysteria is completely artificial, if you can read the signs, and if you subscribe to it, well . . .


Driving and Crying don’t mix

A long time ago, before I forget, I received a call from a potential client who said she’d been to several “experts,” who could not help her. I took the words at face value, knowing some “experts.” She then said she was crying whenever she was driving her car. She said mechanics were clueless as to the cause. While a few alarm bells went off, I decided to take the challenge.

I visited, and began to ferret out all the nooks and crannies of her car, looking perhaps for something dead. No such thing. I asked her to turn on the engine. Finding nothing in the passenger cabin, I went to the engine compartment, and having brought an explosive gas meter (which also detects combustion gases), I wielded the instrument in the engine compartment. As I approached the firewall, the instrument began wailing. I’d found a leak. Now to place it in perspective. The leak was at the exhaust pipe to manifold gasket. Next to it was a blower motor for passenger ventilation. I can’t imagine the reasoning of the engineer that designed this, but in my little mind, it was a poor design, the engine compartment being warm. Well, they’re engineers, so they designed this motor with cooling air coming from the passenger compartment.

With me so far? A fan to move air in the passenger compartment, that is located in a warm engine compartment, needing cool air from the passenger compartment to keep it from burning out.

The cooling air came through a tube, connected to the motor, closest to where the exhaust gas leak was. The tube had become warm, loose, and disconnected. The motor was using part of the exhaust leak located only 2 inches away, as “cooling air,” and of course, bringing it in to the passenger compartment through the air vents. Causing the driver to cry while in motion, or with the ventilation on. She was ecstatic, began handing me $50 bills, and asked me to tell her when to stop.

A week later, I received another call from this same client. She asked me to go visit her at her garage mechanic’s. I asked whatever for. She said that although he had an exhaust gas analyzer, the sensing probe was recessed about 12” into the tube, requiring lots of air flow for any reaction. Consequently he could not see what I could see, since my instrument had the sensing tip at the end of its flexible neck. I brought my “seeing eye dog” to the mechanic’s. I turned the instrument on with the engine on, and proceeded to show him the reaction on approach to the leaking gasket. The mechanic’s eyes opened wide, and seeing the disconnected cooling-air tube, he understood. The client was ecstatic, began handing me $50 bills, and asked me to tell her when to stop.

A week later, I received yet another call from this same client. She again wanted me to go visit her at her garage mechanic’s. I asked whatever for. She said that although he was satisfied that he’d fixed the leak, there was no way he could prove it. I again brought the instrument, turned it on with the engine on, tested the instrument to verify it was still sensitive (can’t always blindly trust instruments . . . ), and wielded it around the area of repair. There was no reaction. The client was ecstatic, began handing me $50 bills, and asked me to tell her when to stop.

Moral of the story: if you can’t stop crying while driving, don’t let anyone tell you you’re “mental.” It’s their loss!


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