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.
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.
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.
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.
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.