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Wearing masks to slow spread of COVID-19

It is possible to feel well, have COVID-19, and pass it to others.
Remember Scouts and Scouters are kind and courteous to others.
Per broadcast news, the latest recommendation from a researcher is to wear two masks, surgical over cloth. Wash the cloth mask about every four days. (Layering some types of masks may cause breathing problems. Check with your medical doctor.)

It is also being recommended that the masks be worn both outside and in the home.

Where do I find cloth mask for wear with the Scout and Scouter uniforms?

Ref: US CDC - Guidance on cloth masks
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

(Some cloth masks are not effective.)

Your local BSA district and/or council should be your starting point for mask guidance for Scouting activities. Right now, there is a wide variety of authorized activity taking place across the country, from virtual only to full in-person meetings, so it really depends where someone is located.

Beyond your local district and/or council, the local health department should be consulted for types of masks, numbers of people allowed, and other guidance. Local health departments should be issuing guidance based on local data, so they may have different regulations or recommendations than national CDC guidance.

Because I know someone will think, “is there a uniform guideline for what masks should look like?” I think the answer to that is a definite no. Frankly, if masks are required, I’m perfectly fine seeing the scouts & scouters wear whatever mask they wish that fulfills the guidelines, as long as there is nothing offensive or obscene on the mask. I would even allow camouflage.

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Our troop ordered spirit-wear gaiters. Got mine last night. It’s pretty thin, given my large frame, so I’ll wear it over my cloth mask.

My pandemic guy (a friend who is only useful once a hundred years :wink: ) has promoted air circulation/purification.
There is other evidence that this particular virus “drowns” in large water droplets. That’s possibly why masks have been surprisingly successful. (We can discuss measures of success later.)
However, there are other nasty microbes that love large, warm water droplets. Thus why masks should be washed regularly.
Summer camp taught our scouts a lot about mask discipline. I’m glad our troop found one that was open. I sincerely believe it prepared them well for school.

Vaccines will be a game-changer. Distribution is going to be rough for a while. But if you qualify, get on a waiting list. My shot is only as efficient as the proportion around me who are also vaccinated. Until then, my mask is handy.

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Oh, my barista custom-made my mask to suit my large head + beard.
My mechanic also gave me a packet of cloth masks … just in case a passenger would need one.

Timing is everything with friends like this! :rofl: :joy:

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Covid-19 masks

Per a talk with our local national Scout Shop sales person there appears to be no BSA-branded masks,
Scouting forum rules prevent me from advertising mask sources in this discussion.

At my hospital yesterday I was given a clean surgical mask (light blue) to wear. (Replaced the one I was wearing). However it was not properly fitted to my face.

All medical staff and patients were wearing at least a surgical mask.
Nurses (RN’s) were wearing more PPE including N95 mask and and face shield.
(One RN had a cat’s nose on the face shield.)

I would select a mask based on medical recommendations and not a fashion or any other kind of statement. Most of the cloth masks I see people, especially kids, wearing are making some kind of statement – either to look cool or match clothing or express something. Many of those masks are not optimal. I only agree in part with following local health department regulations because there are some areas that are very resistant to masking up or wear them improperly.

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I believe this statement is incorrect. COVID19 is spread in water vapor (and other ways). I have not seen a study about “drowning”. Source?

See:
COVID-19: How much protection do face masks offer? - Mayo Clinic

Stanford researchers reengineer COVID-19 face masks | Stanford News

5 Questions: Stanford scientists on COVID-19 mask guidelines | News Center | Stanford Medicine

COVID-19 | Stanford Medicine | Stanford Medicine

Video: How Well Do Masks Work? (Schlieren Imaging In Slow Motion!) - 4 Jul 2020

Probably not necessary for scouts who would most likely easily recover from the virus.

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Because they are not needed everywhere. Think about some of the rural counties in the midwest. They really don’t need to wear a mask there because the risk of transmission is very low.

Some COVID 19 related POTUS Executive Orders

as of 31 Jan 2021

citation document_number end_page html_url pdf_url type subtype publication_date signing_date start_page title disposition_notes executive_order_number

86 FR 7231 2021-01924 7233 Federal Register :: Protecting the Federal Workforce https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-01-27/pdf/2021-01924.pdf Presidential Document Executive Order 1/27/2021 1/22/2021 7231 Protecting the Federal Workforce 14003
86 FR 7189 2021-01849 7191 Federal Register :: Ensuring a Data-Driven Response to COVID-19 and Future High-Consequence Public Health Threats https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-01-26/pdf/2021-01849.pdf Presidential Document Executive Order 1/26/2021 1/21/2021 7189 Ensuring a Data-Driven Response to COVID-19 and Future High-Consequence Public Health Threats 13994
86 FR 7193 2021-01852 7196 Federal Register :: Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-01-26/pdf/2021-01852.pdf Presidential Document Executive Order 1/26/2021 1/21/2021 7193 Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery 13995
86 FR 7197 2021-01854 7199 Federal Register :: Establishing the COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board and Ensuring a Sustainable Public Health Workforce for COVID-19 and Other Biological Threats https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-01-26/pdf/2021-01854.pdf Presidential Document Executive Order 1/26/2021 1/21/2021 7197 Establishing the COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board and Ensuring a Sustainable Public Health Workforce for COVID-19 and Other Biological Threats 13996
86 FR 7201 2021-01858 7203 Federal Register :: Improving and Expanding Access to Care and Treatments for COVID-19 https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-01-26/pdf/2021-01858.pdf Presidential Document Executive Order 1/26/2021 1/21/2021 7201 Improving and Expanding Access to Care and Treatments for COVID-19 13997
86 FR 7205 2021-01859 7208 Federal Register :: Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-01-26/pdf/2021-01859.pdf Presidential Document Executive Order 1/26/2021 1/21/2021 7205 Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel 13998
86 FR 7211 2021-01863 7213 Federal Register :: Protecting Worker Health and Safety https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-01-26/pdf/2021-01863.pdf Presidential Document Executive Order 1/26/2021 1/21/2021 7211 Protecting Worker Health and Safety 13999
86 FR 7215 2021-01864 7218 Federal Register :: Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education Providers https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-01-26/pdf/2021-01864.pdf Presidential Document Executive Order 1/26/2021 1/21/2021 7215 Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education Providers 14000
86 FR 7219 2021-01865 7222 Federal Register :: A Sustainable Public Health Supply Chain https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-01-26/pdf/2021-01865.pdf Presidential Document Executive Order 1/26/2021 1/21/2021 7219 A Sustainable Public Health Supply Chain 14001

@scouter11
I am not OK with not trying to prevent deaths. More info:

COVID-19 Hospitalization and Death by Age | CDC

CDC COVID Data Tracker

New Variants of the Virus that Causes COVID-19 | CDC

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I don’t think there are any U.S. counties left without Covid cases. Rural areas like the one I live in may have lower risk, but it’s not zero. We’ve still had people die here, including among some who thought their risks were low due to fewer people and the fact that they worked outside. Rural areas are especially at risk because health care services are more limited. Scouts ideally should be part of efforts to protect their communities.

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@scouter11
Not true.

About 46 million Americans live in rural areas, which face distinctive challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put some rural residents at increased risk of getting COVID-19 or having severe illness

More:

Rural Communities | COVID-19 | CDC

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Your guide to Masks

Some mask videos from Public Broadcast System )PBS)

Inclusion of PBS information does not indicate an endorsement by the Boy Scouts of America, Information is subject to change as researchers learn mor.

Improve the Fit and Filtration of Your Mask to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

Updated Feb. 17, 2021

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/mask-fit-and-filtration.html#double-mask

Includes information about “double mask” usage with exceptions. There are some mask combinations that should not be used to “double mask".

Image of double masking

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/images/three-masks-small.jpg

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