I was recently talking here on another thread about viral load in the equation of virulence (virulence = a quasi-“viral poisonous effect”).
I was ridiculed for bringing out this concept
(despite the “viral load” principle being brought out many times publicly since the start of the pandemic).
This article actually makes some sense. (But as the article says “could”.)
Of course the problem is, there is no definition of a “mask” so you MAY be talking about apples and oranges.
The other obvious problem is masks are supposed to be changed. We don’t know how often, but probably several times a day at least.
Not hung from the rear-view mirror until needed to again fool the store people.
The other issue is if masks are NOT frequently changed, they can be proverbial viral concentrating devices.
There are other issues too. But the principle here (less viral load being less virulent or less “poisonous” in a viral infection sense) is a sound one.
The practicalities won’t work the way it is now on a societal level
(giving leftist-rioters a pass,
no “mask” standardization,
people dropping their masks, picking them up and putting them on again, etc. etc.)
The ‘dose’ of coronavirus a person gets may determine how sick they get; masks could help
By Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Andrea Kane, CNN
Updated 12:25 AM EDT, Sun November 01, 2020
(CNN)“The dose makes the poison” is an adage credited to Paracelsus, a Swiss physician-philosopher from the early Renaissance.
Basically, it means that any substance can become toxic if given at a high enough concentration. Even too much water can throw off your electrolytes and be potentially fatal.
Viewing the coronavirus through that lens – that the “dose” of the virus you receive might make the difference between being asymptomatic, getting mildly sick or becoming critically ill – may be helpful when thinking about protection against Covid-19 . . .