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Ocean Grove’s boards. Morning, August 20, 2020.  Click to enlarge.

 

Main Ave. coffee shop OG. Blogfinger photos. August, 2020. ©

 

Shopping at the hardware store Main AVe. Blogfinger photo.

 

Typical maskless style on the boards.

 

Paul Goldfinger, MD.   Editor @Blogfinger.

-A BF reader recently complained about “the moronic anti-masking movement.”  It is true that there is such a sentiment expressed across the country, but the prevailing idea is that masks offer prevention against viral spread.

In Ocean Grove, about 5% of board walkers were wearing masks, and that would be considered OK provided they could maintain physical distancing.  But that provision  is not always followed

Downtown where small clumps of people are gathering, such as by the pizza or bagel shops, most are wearing masks.   But walking up and down Main Avenue, it seems like a good idea to wear a mask, because you never know who might breeze by while  sneezing.

I would think that it would be ideal if masks were always at least worn indoors in crowded or near-crowded places and even outdoors if distancing is not fool-proof.

 

 

GREEN DAY  “Wake Me Up When September Ends.”  From the album   “American Idiot.”

 

 

 

 

 

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OG boards. May 31, 2020. This is a Sunday morning,  and board walking is OK.  If you walk on the beach on Sunday morning, no one will stop you.   Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©

 

 

Blogfinger Medical Report.   Paul Goldfinger, MD, FACC.

This  headline* is from Reuters Health covering the opinions of some Canadian professors in an article in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  They said, ” While there is no direct evidence yet that cloth masks can reduce  SARS-CoV-2 transmission, the collective evidence indicating that mask wearing by infected people reduces contamination is convincing and should inform policy.”

They say that “there is ample evidence that the masks can prevent infected droplets from getting into the air or onto surfaces.”

The article  said, “There was also evidence, though not as strong, that cloth masks might protect wearers as well.”

A professor in the trial,  Dr. Catherine Clase, from the McMaster University in Ontario, said, “While the evidence shows that masks can help, they are no substitute for social distancing and handwashing but should be used along with those measures.”

Dr. Supratik Guha, Professor at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering  from the University of Chicago said, “I have been stressing that simple reasoning and evidence indicates that the use of a decent cloth mask in indoor or use public places will reduce infection transmission.  If most of the population practices this, the multiplicative benefits can be enormous in reduction overall infection rates within a community.”

CDC says:    “A cloth face covering should be worn whenever people are in a community setting, especially in situations where you may be near people. These settings include grocery stores and pharmacies. These face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing. Cloth face coverings are especially important to wear in public in areas of widespread COVID-19 illness.

 

Blogfinger commentary: By Paul Goldfinger, MD.   I have observed a significant lack of compliance outdoors in Ocean Grove;  probably because people are not sure that the invisible terror will be eliminated by mask practices, and there is some confusion regarding when and how to make use of masks.

Official guidelines by the Camp Meeting Association of Ocean Grove are evasive and unconvincing.  They say on their web site:  “Wearing masks is strongly encouraged.”

So, to practice masking, one needs some faith in the scientific guidelines, such as they are.  I have always tried to practice evidence-based medicine, but the science here isn’t so clear,  and maybe we need to believe somewhat in good judgement and even in magic.

I am not convinced that we should wear masks if we are outdoors in open spaces where we can stay away from others or when alone in our cars.     But keep in mind that this virus spreads by human to human contact, so you can use some common sense in this regard and judge your situation by that principle and analyze your own environment.

We know that the virus can, under certain circumstances, infect the air we breathe originating in coughing, sneezing and even talking.

So don’t take unnecessary chances.  If there is any possibility that human to human contact might occur in any situation, then put on a mask.

The two ladies walking side by side wore masks, but they could have been somewhat more apart.  If I were walking alone there, I  would be tempted to  wear no  mask, as many were not doing, but I would surely weave my way around any humans walking or biking towards me.

If you don’t wear a mask outside, at least carry one, just in case.

Best choice:  wear the mask on the boards.  The beach will be a more difficult decision.

And don’t forget to wash your masks.

 

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Dreary Memorial Day weekend Sunday.   Main Ave. OG. Paul Goldfinger © Click to enlarge.

 

Paul Goldfinger, Editor.  Blogfinger.net

A small but steady crowd meandered up and down Main Avenue. Eateries were open but only takeout. Nagle’s remains shuttered. Some other shops were open, but not for interior shopping.

About 50% of strollers wore masks. Some carried their masks while others had them hanging around their necks.  I sensed some confusion as to the decision to wear or not to wear–that is the question.

I think the ones who carried would put them on as needed, such as if a group were coming toward them.  One woman was overheard complaining that the mask made her feel smothered, so she had none on—can’t blame her. Her favorite group must be Air Supply.

The 6 foot distancing was easy because there wasn’t much of a crowd, but you can see in the photo that it was often ignored.

I saw a guy driving alone in his car wearing a mask. I’m quite certain that is not necessary.    

And there was no sign of the Neptune PD which is supposed to be policing the situation,  but I can’t imagine the police being enthused about this job.

I saw a sign on Rt 195 yesterday asking for “automotive distancing.” Really?   Another sign was reported to say, “Don’t be a knucklehead.”

It seems that some OG visitors  are having masks handy because they are afraid that someone might berate them for not masking, and who wants to feel guilty that they might make someone sick, even if they truly believe that the masking is largely nonsense.

Others want to decide for themselves when to implement the mask  “as needed.”  One woman told me her theories, and that is to be really compliant—-wearing double mask and gloves even as she stood in front of Cheese on Main.  The double mask was in case one breaks.  Her theory is like the double condom approach.

It seems that people have made up their own minds about the “mask issue.”  But when they go out in public and see a variety of masking theories in action, then they feel worried and confused.

Wait till it gets really crowded over there and especially on the boards and the beach.  It might be amusing to watch.

 

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