Wearing Face Masks: The scientifically proven way to reduce spread of COVID-19

Submitted by Autumn Davidson, DVM

I was dismayed to find the woman at the counter of The Thingerie a few days ago not wearing a mask and permitting shoppers without masks to enter, in fact, chatting with them two feet apart. When I politely asked her to wear a mask, she refused, stating she had been tested two weeks before and was negative. Wearing Face Masks

This ignorance and inconsideration appalls me. I complained to the manager, who assured me masks were required, but two days later, same scenario, different woman behind the counter.

I find myself asking over and over, “What is wrong with people?” We, as veterinarians, wear masks all the time while working. We don’t want to infect our patients, surgical sites, etc. So, I am sending some articles in hopes that you will post them as educational items (see links below). 

The Woman’s Club motto is “In union there is strength.” Let’s do that! Wearing Face Masks

Autumn Davidson, DVM, of Three Rivers obtained her BS and MS at the University of California, Berkeley, with an emphasis in wildlife ecology and management. She is a graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis. She became board certified in internal medicine in 1992 and specializes in small animal theriogenology and infectious disease. Dr. Davidson practices at Lone Oak Veterinary Hospital in Three Rivers.


Additional Reading:Wearing Face Masks


Here are the CDC’s recommendations: The CDC recommends that everyone wear masks in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others. Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others.

What to wear and how

  • Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19
  • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Masks should be worn by people two years of age and older
  • Masks should NOT be worn by children younger than two, people who have trouble breathing, or people who cannot remove the mask without assistance
  • Do NOT wear masks intended for healthcare workers; for example, N95 respirators
  • CDC does not yet recommend the use of gaiters or face shields. Evaluation of these face covers is ongoing but effectiveness is unknown at this time.

 

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55 thoughts on “Wearing Face Masks: The scientifically proven way to reduce spread of COVID-19

  • October 8, 2020 at 8:11 pm
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    Thank you, Autumn, for submitting this information. I am with you 100%. I want to stop the spread of the virus and if everyone wore masks, we would all be safer and lives would be saved.

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    • October 9, 2020 at 9:45 am
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      Thank you!

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  • October 8, 2020 at 9:51 pm
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    Unfortunately, The Thingerie Is not the only business in town that does not enforce mask wearing. The local hardware store and grocery are also guilty of not requiring facial coverings. I would like to support our local stores but not if they don’t support me in my desire to have a long and healthy life. We have been in this together for 6 long months. The science shows masks work, let’s wear them and move on.

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    • October 8, 2020 at 11:05 pm
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      In line at the market today and the checker was talking with the customer in front of me. They had a big laugh over how stupid it was to worry about the flu. If I had the option to shop elsewhere I would. As it is, I limit my visits there as much as possible.

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    • October 9, 2020 at 1:33 pm
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      Right On !

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      • October 10, 2020 at 1:22 pm
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        Thank you!

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  • October 9, 2020 at 9:40 am
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    I’ve been a patron of the Village market for 41 years. Natalia Dixon has done a remarkable job of improving the market in the past decade. Unfortunately, she is not supporting the Mask Law where her workers and patrons are concerned. Grocery employees and Patrons are REQUIRED to wear masks during this Pandemic. It is not fiction. I can no longer patronize our local grocery when everyone’s health is being jeapordized. ( I believe the store has already been cited a couple of times.). What does it take to make believers of people?

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    • October 9, 2020 at 9:46 am
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      Thank you Kathleen. I hate to think what it might take.

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    • October 27, 2020 at 7:11 pm
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      I feel very sad that I have not been able to patronize the Riverview under its new management because they don’t enforce mask wearing. I have not been in there once. I like the new owners, but not enough to expose myself to Covid and then expose my 93 year old mom.

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  • October 9, 2020 at 9:47 am
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    Thank you. I simply ask those folks to put on a mask. Hopefully they will comply.

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  • October 12, 2020 at 10:17 am
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    https://www.rcreader.com/commentary/masks-dont-work-covid-a-review-of-science-relevant-to-covide-19-social-policy

    Not being a Doctor, Scientist…Etc. I cannot give a Medical opinion for American people to put mask on or not, but what I will do is comment that Dictators can enforce People to do things against their will… FORCE THE PEOPLE AGAINST THEIR WILL…as free Americans !! I for one will put on if requested by a business owner, out of respect, because they are afraid to lose their business license. BUT I will not put a mask on out in the open or inside of my vehicle like many are doing, and that is their choice. This Berkeley Vet has her own OPINION …based on what she reads, and other Doctors and Scientists have their OPINIONS !

    Go to web site above (very easy to find) and make up YOUR OWN FREE MIND !!!!

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    • October 14, 2020 at 8:26 am
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      Wow. First time I’ve heard someone’s alma mater used as a curse word.

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    • October 14, 2020 at 1:31 pm
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      I trust the intelligence and education of Autumn Davidson. She also applies common sense in her practice of Veterinary medicine. I would like to point out that although she earned her BS and MS at Berkeley, she graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at U.C. Davis, a university highly respected for its animal and agriculture schools and research. Using the term “Berkeley Vet” in a derogatory manner is a disservice to her.
      I cannot comprehend the thinking of people who refuse to do as simple a thing as wear a mask to protect others. We have learned to comply with “No Smoking” regulations to protect people. Kicking and screaming about “rights”, I know, but we don’t need to punish others with our resistance to common sense considerations.

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    • October 23, 2020 at 7:18 am
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      As soon as you got to the first “but” you disqualified the rest of your statement.

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    • October 23, 2020 at 10:17 am
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      The River Cities Reader??? Please spare me.

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  • October 13, 2020 at 1:53 pm
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    What if during the blitz in 1940, a small percentage of Londoners decided that blackout curtains really messed up their view of the moon @ night, and didn’t bother with them, to the detriment of all others?

    This isn’t a me kinda gig, it’s all about us.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 7:59 am
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    Our culture is mostly me first. We cover it up by calling it freedom. Once a barn burned next door. Everyday I remember neighbors showing up in minutes to protect my home, I knew they had self interest. If our hill went up in flames they would loose their homes. But they did not wait Until they were threatened. To me masks are the same principle knowing virus does not care about anything but surviving. I protect my neighbors by wearing mask and I hope they feel the same By wearing theirs. Freedom to me is caring above ones self, ❤️

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    • October 14, 2020 at 10:17 am
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      Thank you Shirley. Well said.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 2:49 pm
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    How about a consent form for those who choose to not wear masks in which they relinquish their right to use the local hospital for Covid care – thus preserving the services, resources, beds and risk to the tireless workers for those genuinely needed, mostly UNPREVENTABLE emergencies.

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    • October 21, 2020 at 10:12 am
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      Interesting suggestion….but the victims will more likely be those interacting with the non mask wearers….The incidence of transmission is least when 2 people wear a mask, less if only 1, and much more likely if neither wear masks.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 5:12 pm
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    Does stopping at a red light or stop sign interfere with your freedom? How about driving on the right side of the highway? Or wearing your seat belt to prevent your face from going through the windshield of your car?
    A few years ago I read an article about an insurance company refusing to pay for severe head and internal injuries sustained by a person who was not wearing their seat belt. Same for a person not wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle and crashing.
    How ‘bout not washing hands and handling food? Or being infected with hepatitis and handling food?
    This is a very dangerous virus so I wear my miserable mask over both my nose and mouth because that little tiny virus is just looking for a way into my and your respiratory system.
    Nice comment Autumn.

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  • October 16, 2020 at 10:58 am
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    thank you autumn for pointing out what many of us have been thinking about the lack of mask enforcement. given that 3R has visitors from everywhere it would seem to be especially important for businesses here to require masks- no exceptions. i for one have discontinued shopping local until 3R steps up.

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  • October 16, 2020 at 6:37 pm
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    Wow, how easy it seemed to be for you to label our hard-working volunteers as ignorant and inconsiderate. And shame on all who commented here agreeing with these comments about our volunteers who give of their own free time to provide a service to our community. So what’s your excuse for being such a demeaning and hateful person. Yes, we know what your opinion is on wearing masks. And yes, the Governor did mandate it. But I don’t remember seeing the publication or document anywhere that made you the 3R Mask Dictator. I understand that you feel you need to take extra precautions for your own health and safety, but don’t expect us all to live by your standards, because I certainly will not.. The science on this so-called pandemic is constantly changing and their are any number of studies on either side of this argument to cite.

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    • October 17, 2020 at 2:43 pm
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      Tick Tock. November 3rd is coming.

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    • October 18, 2020 at 7:52 am
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      ‘so-called pandemic’?

      It has killed more Americans than all of our wars since 1950…

      It’s sad that something as simple as wearing a mask to protect others, has become a political statement, a uniform of sorts in a country bent on dividing itself, not coming together.

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    • October 18, 2020 at 4:16 pm
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      I won’t be shamed by you Mo Basham for expressing my opinion on how businesses in Three Rivers are complying with mask wearing. Why do you, or any other business manager, get to decide who gets Covid and who does not? Some say just don’t shop in these maskless stores but many don’t have the opportunity of going to the valley, and why should they have to?

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    • October 19, 2020 at 8:11 am
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      Thank you Mo, I agree, putting down the ladies that volunteer their time to better our community is just wrong.

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    • October 23, 2020 at 5:33 pm
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      Um, so your stance is basically “I know you are but what am I?”. And um…science constantly changes because SCIENCE! Novel Covid-19 means NEW. As in, we’re not sure what we’re supposed to do because we haven’t confronted this virus before. Ergo…”science…is constantly changing.” Finally: there not their.

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    • October 29, 2020 at 4:09 pm
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      I don’t understand your reply. Why will you certainly not wear it? We are just discussing a piece of clothing you put on for a temporary period of time, just like the requirement of wearing shirts and shoes inside a store?

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  • October 18, 2020 at 8:47 pm
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    It is unfortunate that some people feel that their own particular view is the only one that is right, and anything else is absolutely wrong. The vitriolic tone in Three Rivers is a little surprising quite frankly, I thought that would be more of a Portland thing, .With all that has happened here and all that is going on, frustration levels are high; please don’t aggravate the situation by lambasting your neighbors for their perceived wrongs- it’s not going to change minds, and it’s more of a reflection on you. We live in a country that respects differing opinions (and sometimes actions) and that does not exclude the current government policies regarding the corona virus.

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  • October 21, 2020 at 9:06 am
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    Why should I be surprised that so many are willing to “mask shame” the hardworking volunteers at the Thingery.  These women DONATE their time and talent for the benefit of Three Rivers.  How many of you have been into the Thingery and purchased a shirt for $2 or a book for a  quarter?  How many of you have asked the Woman’s Club to write you a check for a donation for your business, non-profit or a scholarship for your kid? I’m embarrassed by this tattletale mentally. Why are you turning on your neighbors?  If you don’t like something, stay away from it. You don’t have to make it your duty to destroy it because it doesn’t fit into your sense of righteousness. Do you avoid poison oak, or do you walk through it because it’s a living plant and deserves to have it’s space, even if it is your path?  How about we grow up and mind our own business and stop the sanctimonious shaming of our neighbors.

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  • October 21, 2020 at 2:52 pm
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    Hi Autumn,
    I’m joining the 12 others who have thanked you, not just for the reporting of your two visits to the Thingerie, but the items you attached for public health information. I believe in doing all, you simply honored the oath you took as a veterinarian that includes……”the promotion of public health and the advancement of medical knowledge”.
    You said “The ignorance and inconsideration appalls me”. Me too. You asked politely and the volunteer refused saying she had tested negative two weeks before. That’s the ignorance point, as I see it. A negative test does not make one immune, and as you know Autumn, it doesn’t necessarily rule out that the person does not have the virus in their body and perhaps the virus hasn’t grown sufficiently for it to be detected in a test. YOU DID NOT call the person ignorant nor did you name her. You also didn’t name the manager. I don’t know how she got her test results: in the mail, in her health care providers office, by phone? Whatever the mode, was she given the information that told her what testing negative meant? In any case, with so much still unknown about this disease, we all need to be proactive. Find information from reliable resources…..Mayo Clinic, CDC, etc.
    It’s so inconsiderate to not be masked 100% of the time while in an enclosed space. No customers, no mask? Wrong! Particles, especially the smaller ones, can last in the air for hours.
    I have some ideas for the Thingerie that I will share with Karen that I believe will better serve the public and the volunteers. I belonged to the club for years and, like Karen, served on the board for many of them. I was part of the Monday crew for a very long time as well.
    Thank you again Autumn, and thank you for honoring your oath that extends beyond our four legged friends and into their humans community.

    Linda Lewis

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    • October 30, 2020 at 5:21 pm
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      I agree. Well said Linda. We all sometimes need a gentle reminder about doing the right thing and that was all I heard from Autumn’s message.
      I thought it was very brave of her to speak out.

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  • October 23, 2020 at 6:56 am
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    You know, I want my freedom too actually! The freedom to smoke! I’m gonna start lighting up a cigarette anywhere I go, but especially when I’m INSIDE A STORE because I should have the freedom to do that as a full blooded American…….right? I’ll just puff away on my smokes, ashing on any surface I want, lighting one cig right off of the last, as I browse through the vegetable aisle or rifle through the clothing racks, meander through the paint section, whatever. Because it’s MY freedom that matters, not anyone else’s!!

    Right?

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  • October 23, 2020 at 8:02 am
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    “I understand that you feel you need to take extra precautions for your own health and safety, but don’t expect us all to live by your standards, because I certainly will not.”
    This quote, pulled from an earlier post, could not have been more inaccurately mistated.
    The mask is worn NOT to take extra precautions for our OWN health and safety, but rather to take extra precaution for the health and safety of others. At the same time we hope that those “others” will show the same respect and kindness for us. They do that by donning their own mask. To NOT do so, shows an utter disregard for the health of our fellow citizens.
    Thanks for speaking out, Autumn. And for being willing to take the heat for it!

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    • October 25, 2020 at 10:43 pm
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      Indeed.Bingo.

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  • October 23, 2020 at 7:26 pm
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    Thank you Autumn and everyone else who supports masking. It is a drag to keep having to remember it every time, but we are a community which means trying to have each others’ welfare in mind. It’s a small price to pay for even the possibility that we may be saving our neighbor’s health (or life!) or our own.
    Superheroes wear masks – be one!

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  • October 25, 2020 at 4:21 pm
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    I’ve tried to hold my tongue, being relatively new to the Three Rivers community, however, come on people, wearing a mask isn’t that hard. In fact, it’s a lot easier than finding out you were/are a COVID asymptomatic person walking around without a mask, and infecting, and KILLING your neighbors. Think about that for just about a minute. I’m quite sure the person who infected and killed my mom (the reason I’m new to the Three Rivers Community), justified not wearing a mask because, “I got tested a couple weeks ago…”, “I’m young, I’m healthy”, “wearing a mask is uncomfortable”. Overall, I’ve been so impressed with how Three Rivers community takes care of itself. Wearing a mask should just be an extension of that. Taking care of, and protecting, your neighbors.

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  • October 25, 2020 at 10:36 pm
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    Indeed.

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