|Posted by JJ The Psychotherapist on April 25, 2021 at 6:25 PM|
“We argue there really isn’t much of a benefit to the 6-foot rule, especially when people are wearing masks,” MIT professor Martin Z. Bazant said, as reported by NBC.
“It really has no physical basis because the air a person is breathing while wearing a mask tends to rise and comes down elsewhere in the room so you’re more exposed to the average background than you are to a person at a distance.”
To put it another way, widespread mask use may simply change the physical vectors of transmission within a given room rather than stopping it, effectively rendering the six-foot distancing rule obsolete.
“Adherence to the Six-Foot Rule would limit large-drop transmission, and adherence to our guideline [of limiting time spent in densely populated areas] would limit long-range airborne transmission,” Bazant and the other researchers write in their study.
In the directive, the researchers report, “To minimize risk of infection, one should avoid spending extended periods in highly populated areas. In rooms with a large volume and high ventilation rates, one is safer. In rooms where people are exerting themselves in such a way as to increase their respiration rate and pathogen output, such as by exercising, singing, or shouting, one is at greater risk.”
Bazant also released a statement saying, “What our analysis continues to show is that many spaces that have been shut down in fact don’t need to be. Often times the space is large enough, the ventilation is good enough, the amount of time people spend together is such that those spaces can be safely operated even at full capacity and the scientific support for reduced capacity in those spaces is really not very good.” He added, “I think if you run the numbers, even right now for many types of spaces you’d find that there is not a need for occupancy restrictions.”
This follows a study that claimed the Pfizer vaccine could cause severe neurodegenerative diseases as a result of brain prions produced by the mRNA-style vaccine. “The current RNA-based SARSCoV-2 vaccines were approved in the United States using an emergency order without extensive long-term safety testing,” according to National File. ‘In this study, the potential for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to cause prion-based disease in vaccine recipients was assessed.' According to the CDC, prion-based diseases are a type of neurodegenerative disease, which means that the Pfizer vaccine is “potentially likely to cause long-term damage and negative health effects in the brain.”