June 20, 2022 COVID Update:
We are now in our 9’th consecutive week of increasing Omicron COVID cases, with an 83% increase the past week in Yucatan, which adds to the 75% increase a week ago, which added to a 75% increase three weeks ago. The latest 1789 new confirmed COVID cases is very troubling, because only a small fraction of COVID infected people here get tested (1 in 12?), we likely have over 21,000 cases a week. This corresponds to 1 COVID infected Yucatecan out of 107 total.
Because having a prior COVID infection is providing no protection from getting the current COVID strain (Omicron BA2+), and because having vaccinations provides only some protection from serious COVID symptoms & hospitalization … we really MUST return to wearing tight fitting medical grade N95 or better masks and using 8 feet of social distancing inside buildings to reduce our inhaled COVID aerosol loads from infected people talking.
June 14, 2022 Update:
After 8 consecutive weeks of increasing COVID cases in Yucatan, we are now solidly in our 4’th wave of COVID, as we passed 1,000 confirmed COVID cases this past week. Because only a small fraction of COVID infected people here get tested (1 in 12?), we likely have over 12,000 cases a week. This corresponds to 1 COVID infected Yucatecan out of 190 total.
This current 1 in 200 Yucatecans with COVID is troubling enough that it means it’s time to go back to masking-up with tight fitting N-95 masks or better, and maintaining 8 ft of social distancing when out in public indoor spaces. It turns out that having a prior COVID infection … or being vaccinated & boosted … provides almost no protection from getting this new wave of Omicron BA.2.12.1 … But being vaccinated & boosted does reduce our chances of having a serious infection or hospitalization, and most Omicron BA.2.12.1 infections give only short durations of mild symptoms.
Why Wear Tight-Masks & Socially Distance?
Even though most Omicron cases are mild, note that even the current mild COVID infections are still causing permanent lung damage, kidney damage, brain damage, vascular damage, and nervous system damage in even “mild” cases. … So, even though you’ve been vaccinated & boosted, or have had a prior COVID infection, the risks of getting a mild Omicron infection accompanied by shocking long-COVID effects meana we really should start publicly masking-up & Socially Distancing again to avoid the wicked long-COVID effects … because ONLY tight medical grade masks (N95 or better) and Socially distancing by 8 ft indoors sufficiently reduce our inhaling the invisible highly-infectious fine aerosols to safe levels, invisible aerosols from people talking or singing.
Scientific Factual Conclusions:
Except for protection by wearing tight-fitting masks & Socially Distancing, unfortunately Omicron COVID is rewriting most of what non-scientist Medical Doctors have been telling people. Many so-called ‘experts’ told us that COVID would supposedly mutate to milder & milder, supposedly less contagious strains. This has proven to be absolutely false. … ‘Expert’ Medical Doctors (who are not scientists) also told us that having a prior infection would protect us, which has proven to be asolutely false.
**… ‘Expert’ Medical Doctors (who are not scientists) told us to “Wash your hands & use hand sanitizer”, actions which provide absolutely no protection from COVID, because COVID is only transmitted by inhaling invisible fine aerosols from people talking or singing.
… ‘Expert’ Medical Doctors (who are not scientists) mistakenly told us to “Wear your cloth masks.” for 2 full years, even though the last 40 yrs of scientific testing shows that cloth masks leak horribly, providing almost no protection from inhaled viruses. Non-Scientist Medical Doctors ignored that it takes at least 12 layers of cloth to equal just one layer of N95 material … And yes, Medical Doctors ignored all the known facts on these things, even though they were published in the first month of COVID back in March, 2020:
… ‘Expert’ Medical Doctors (who are not scientists) told us to “Disinfect EVERYTHING” … which provides absolutely no protection from COVID, because the only way to stop COVID transmissions to to inhale only very small amounts COVID’s highly-infectious invisible fine aerosols. Because COVID’s invisible fine aerosols persist indoors by floating around infectious for 4 to 6 HOURS AFTER a COVID infected person talks, sings, or wheezes, then either fine high quality tight masks, or diluting out the aerosols by Social Distancing, breezes or fans are the only real solutions to not getting infected.
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Get educated … Stay informed … Stay healthy …
Dr. Steven M. Fry
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Public Health, & Laboratory Measurement Science.
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