Understanding why mask wearing is little more than virtue signaling

Pratt on Texas - copyright Pratt on Texas all rights reservedMy good friend, a doctor of mathematics, said to me: “Math is being abused and, I don’t like it!”

Specifically the discussion was about the latest virtue signaling fad of mask wearing and the people who go out of their way to tell you they are wearing the mask not for themselves but to protect you – often in a manner that seems to carry an expectation of prostrating oneself before them with ululations of gratitude.

Virtue signaling by Lubbock Councilman Randy Christian

My friend, himself a graduate of some of the most prestigious universities, had read the piece by Dr. John Lee, a former professor of pathology at a UK medical school, in which he makes a solid case that wearing masks does little in the case of viruses but reassure their wearers. Or as I put it “theater security much like TSA.”

“When a person is infectious with a virus it is estimated that they may shed one hundred billion virus particles a day – that works out to 10 million per breath,” Lee pointed out.

Given that the most common cloth masks in use by people have thousands of pores, holes between the fabric threads, several times larger than the width of a human hair and that a full thousand virus particles can fit through a space the size of a human hair side-by-side even laboratory controlled fit and use of a mask, conditions not present in actual life usage, does little to stop the spread of virus particles.

If just a breath contains 10 million virus particles, the pressurized large release associated with a sneeze or cough is reasonably likely to be much greater and will put millions of virus particles straight through a mask as well as much more out the side perimeters of such.

Virtue signal all you want with your face covering but science, math included, isn’t supportive. Even the “revered” Dr. Fauci says masks do not work.

Others point out that wearing masks actually create serious health risks for the otherwise healthy.

And more evidence that masks don’t do much to stop viruses: How few times, if ever, during of cold and flu season you have ever seen your doctor and his full staff masked-up to see patients?


  1. Precisely correct. (Again) And all this stuff about the lack of efficacy of masks was well known back when I was in residency in the late 1980s. I guess some people (Witless Gov Whitmer and Cuomo the Clueless come to mind) didn’t get the memo.

  2. THANK YOU! I live in the Seattle area but faithfully listen to you every day possible. I appreciate your fight against pseudo science as I have continually focused on how all that has been done around the Wuhan Virus has been based on fear not facts. This refusal to bend to the corporate fear has helped me become a persona non grata, oh well.
    If your interested, I just wrote a blog about opening up our country and how we should not be forced into fear.

    • Pratt on Texas says

      Thanks Julie, it’s good to be persona non grata with some. Who wants to be beloved by the stupid or by those who eschew freedom and Liberty. Isn’t there a great maxim about becoming like those we spend time around?

  3. Pratt on Texas says

    More: “To understand why it is still evolving further, you have to grasp just how small a virus is. Imagine a birthday balloon. A virus is smaller than this by roughly the same amount that the balloon is smaller than the earth (think about that for a moment: balloon, earth; virus, balloon). When a person is infectious with a virus, it is estimated that they may excrete 10-to-the-11th power [100,000,000,000 – 100 billion] virus particles a day. Even if 99.99 percent of the particles were destroyed on contact with the air, there are still a huge number of infectious ones left.” https://spectator.us/could-lockdown-side-effects-considered/

  4. Pratt on Texas says

    Even Dr. Anthony Fauci told media masks don’t work:

    “There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask,” infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci told 60 Minutes.
    “While masks may block some droplets, Fauci said, they do not provide the level of protection people think they do. Wearing a mask may also have unintended consequences: People who wear masks tend to touch their face more often to adjust them, which can spread germs from their hands.”

  5. Pratt on Texas says

    Neurosurgeon Says Face Masks Pose Serious Risk to Healthy People: https://www.technocracy.news/blaylock-face-masks-pose-serious-risks-to-the-healthy/

  6. Love all these folks sharing a clip from Fauci over two months ago and ignoring what he/experts have said since:


    • Pratt on Texas says

      There is nothing out of context about the clip. The nature of viruses and masks have not changed. Masks do not stop virus particles and there is nothing new discovered to change this. We already know about the coronavirus structure and its size has not changed. The science is not a matter of opinion.

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