Do Masks Help Stop the Spread?

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Angela

About Angela A Stanton, Ph.D.

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist focusing on chronic pain--migraine in particular--physiology, electrolyte homeostasis, nutrition, and genetics. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention, and treatment without the use of medicine. As a forever migraineur from childhood, her discovery was helped by experimenting on herself. She found the cause of migraine to be at the ionic level, associated with disruption of the electrolyte homeostasis, resulting from genetic variations of all voltage dependent channels, gates, and pumps (chanelopathy) that modulate electrolyte mineral density and voltage in the brain. In addition, insulin and glucose transporters, and several other variants, such as MTHFR variants of B vitamin methylation process and many others are different in the case of a migraineur from the general population. Migraineurs are glucose sensitive (carbohydrate intolerant) and should avoid eating carbs as much as possible. She is working on her hypothesis that migraine is a metabolic disease. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and her helping over 5000 migraineurs successfully prevent their migraines world wide, all ages and both genders, and all types of migraines, she published the 2nd (extended) edition of her migraine book "Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: Complete Guide: How To Treat & Prevent Migraines Without Medications". The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraine cause, development, and prevention, incorporating all there is to know. It includes a long section for medical and research professionals. The book is full of academic citations (over 800) to authenticate the statements she makes to make it easy to follow up by those interested and to spark further research interest. It is a "Complete Guide", published on September 29, 2017. Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in Economics with dissertation in neuroscience (culminating in Neuroeconomics) at Claremont Graduate University, fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers, certification in LCHF/ketogenic diet from NN (Nutrition Network), certification in physiology (UPEN via Coursea), Nutrition (Harvard Shool of Public Health) and functional medicine studies. Dr. Stanton is an avid sports fan, currently power weight lifting and kickboxing. For relaxation (yeah.. about a half minute each day), she paints and photographs and loves to spend time with her family of husband of 45 years, 2 sons and their wives, and 2 granddaughters. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook, LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelaastantonphd/ and facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DrAngelaAStanton/
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6 Responses to Do Masks Help Stop the Spread?

  1. Alexander Beldock says:

    If I may add that viral particles to my knowledge are not free flowing are carried by comparatively much larger droplets of water or bodily fluids. These would be quiet large enough to be stopped by a mask but I always thought, when the water dries the Viral particle May be left on the mask, and possibly breathed in. It would be interesting to know though, whether a virus would survive long enough to be a problem to us outside of our mask (I’m afraid so ?). A mask can lower the viral load which is their true benefit . They don’t cut out transmission altogether .

    Alex

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    • Alexander, very true. They don’t cut transmission 100%. Nothing does short of a full body-suit with built-in ventilator. But that’s not even the goal. The goal is to reduce transmission to such a level that in a reasonable meeting of two people in a store or similar, there is too little time and to little viral dose to cause serious trouble. Viral dose matters a lot. No one will get sick from 1 virus…

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  2. SL says:


    This video by a doc using vape aerosols indicates the problems with cloth and surgical masks and nanometer size viral particles. Coronavirus size is 0.08 to 0.16 micrometers. Thus smaller than the aerosol used in the video.

    An N95 mask may work if it is wholly and totally sealed. But a breach of just one square millimeter could hypothetically allow passage of approximately 100 000 000 000 viral particles of corona virus size per minute for a person at rest breathing about 6 liters air per minute. It is also very uncomfortable to breathe through an N95 for more than a short time.

    (Cigarette smoke has been reported to have a MMAD, mass aerodynamic diameter, distribution from 0.3–0.5 μm and experiments assessing nicotine in electronic cigarette aerosol have determined that the MMAD range is from 0.25–0.45 μm, https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-46387-2. See also https://www.virology.ws/2018/02/08/a-breath-of-fresh-influenza-virus and https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M20-6817)

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    • You know SL, there are always people who will analyze things to paralysis… and then take things out of context–be it on purpose or just by shear stupidity.

      Crossing the street incorrectly or swimming in the water in the wrong way will kill you. On the video you linked to the guy is deliberately wearing the mask incorrectly. Furthermore, vape particles are much smaller than the virus. “Vaping generates particulate matter 2.5 μm (nanometer) or less in diameter (PM2.5), but at notably less concentrations compared to cigarette smoke. Particle concentrations from vaping ranged from 6.6 to 85.0 μg” from. This means that the guy on the video is misleading everyone watching it. Serious lie!

      You got the virus size incorrect: SARS-CoV-2 virion is approximately 50–200 nanometres in diameter from.
      Would you have a surgery such that your doctor doesn’t wear a mask?

      I am an asthmatic and there were a few years in my life when I could only survive wearing a mask day and night. I slept with a mask. It filtered out enough air particles that caused my asthma that life became bearable. For reference, pollen particle sizes are: 15 to 200 nanometers from.

      So, what do all these mean???
      That a pollen is smaller than the average SARS-Cov2 virus. If I can keep the pollen out of my nose with a mask, so can I keep the virus out of my face with a mask.

      So wear that damned mask!! Stop crying. Just put it on and shush.

      Angela

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