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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

WEAR A MASK

 Update: Let us call today's post potpourri. A few topics are discussed including email chains, the UM campus virus outbreak and a no-mask shaming website:

Wear a Mask

The is mounting evidence that the corona virus is spread via tiny aerosol droplets. The CDC and WHO acknowledge that corona is spread through airborne transmission from larger droplets from coughs or sneezes. Which is why those organizations recommend distancing at six feet. But the fact of the matter is that the virus is spread through aerosol transmission of droplets one micron in diameter. Larger droplets from a cough or sneeze will fall after a person sneezes or coughs. Gravity affects those larger droplets, although six feet is not enough distance as a droplet expelled by a sneeze can travel close to twenty feet. 

Aerosol transmission is much more difficult and deadly. A tiny aerosol can linger in the air several hours. Therefore, when you are out walking or running or biking and you are behind a runner or biker who is infected, even a distance of twenty or thirty feet may not be enough to protect you as you walk or run or bike through the air they expelled. While it is much safer to be outside then inside on  a factor of ten, it is still dangerous to be outside in a crowd or in a crowded area where people are exercising. 

So just wear a mask. It protects you and it protects the people around you. 

There are frequent reports of airborne aerosol transmission in the media. 

Here.

And here. 

Rumpole's mask guidelines:

Car: No Mask

All shopping: Mask

Walking outside: No mask if no one is visible within a two block radius. Otherwise, mask. 

Gym; hair or nail salon: Mask at all times. 

Restaurant: We strongly suggest take out. NEVER eat inside a restaurant. Avoid eating outside unless other tables are more than 20 feet away AND you are UPWIND of the other tables. 

Zoom Meetings and court hearings: Wear a mask if it is in Broward, otherwise no mask needed. 

EMAIL CHAINS

We think four or five emails are enough for one chain. After that it is just too much to keep track of. Rumpole email rule: five is enough. Then start a new chain. 

UM OUTBREAK

There is a virus outbreak at the UM Coral Gables Campus. Many students are sick, but lets make sure we get that football going. Football is life and these days football could be death.

MASK SHAMING 

What do you think about a Miami No Mask shaming website. Put up a site and solicit pictures of people in public not wearing masks? Just a thought.  

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rump it is bad here at UM. We all read and love the blog. The admin is like Trump- all is fine; everything ok. But kids are getting real sick. Please stay on this.

UM LAW

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

So, You Want to be a Circuit Court Judge .......

The following 17 applicants will be interviewed by the JNC to replace Judge Alexander Bokor who was elevated to the 3rd DCA.

September 18, 2020

8:30 am Gilberto Barreto
8:45 am Jason Bloch
9:00 am Karl Brown
9:15 am Victoria Ferrer
9:30 am Laura Gonzalez
9:45 am Christopher Green
10:00 am Marcia Hansen (lost in the election last week)
10:15 am Ayana Harris
10:30 am Kevin Hellman
10:45 am Ramon Javier
11:00 am Elijah Levitt
11:15 am Joseph Mansfield (lost in the election last week)
11:30 am Thomas Rebull (lost in the election last week)
11:45 am Paola Usquelis
12:00 pm Melissa Visconti
12:15 pm Diana Vizcaino
12:30 pm Craig Weissberg

CAP OUT .......
Captain4Justice@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I am sorry, but the JNC should not be interviewing Rebull given the pro se transcript hearing. If he can get reelected, fine, I would welcome him back. But until the electorate chooses to put him on, he should be done on the bench.

Also, there were some poster saying the Joe Mansfield is know as Maximum Mansfield. Is this true or not? If true, he should not be placed back on. Please use the blog for something important....a judge failing to exercise discretion in his most important role, would be disqualifying...allowing those comments requires following up to learn if true or not. If they are not true, it should be corrected.

Anonymous said...

Wearing masks is good. But stop scaring people.

The New York Times (not Fox news) reported:

“I think outdoors is so much better than indoors in almost all cases,” said Linsey Marr, an engineering professor and aerosol scientist at Virginia Tech. “There’s so much dilution that happens outdoors. As long as you’re staying at least six feet apart, I think the risk is very low.”

Pandemic life is safer outdoors, in part, because even a light wind will quickly dilute the virus. If a person nearby is sick, the wind will scatter the virus, potentially exposing nearby people but in far smaller quantities, which are less likely to be harmful.

“The virus load is important,” said Eugene Chudnovsky, a physicist at Lehman College and the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. “A single virus will not make anyone sick; it will be immediately destroyed by the immune system. The belief is that one needs a few hundred to a few thousand of SARS-CoV-2 viruses to overwhelm the immune response.”

While the risk of outdoor transmission is low, it can happen. In one study of more than 7,300 cases in China, just one was connected to outdoor transmission. In that case, a 27-year-old man had a conversation outdoors with a traveler who had just returned from Wuhan. Seven days later, he had his first symptoms of Covid-19.

“The risk is lower outdoors, but it’s not zero,” said Shan Soe-Lin, a lecturer at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. “And I think the risk is higher if you have two people who are stationary next to each other for a long time, like on a beach blanket, rather than people who are walking and passing each other.”

...

“In my opinion, pool water, fresh water in a lake or river, or seawater exposure would be extremely low transmission risk even without dilution (which would reduce risk further),” Dr. Rasmussen said in an email. “Probably the biggest risk for summer water recreation is crowds — a crowded pool locker room, dock or beach, especially if coupled with limited physical distancing or prolonged proximity to others. The most concentrated sources of virus in such an environment will be the people hanging out at the pool, not the pool itself.”

Experts say that a person walking, jogging or cycling too close for a few seconds is not a big worry.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/15/us/coronavirus-what-to-do-outside.html

The take away is, go for a walk, enjoy life, don't panic.