Pursuant to the conversation we had the meeting tonight — I think we can all agree that:
- Conversations should be taken outside whenever possible.
- Valve-equipped masks are not appropriate coverage — if you’re wearing one like that for air quality reasons, you need to put a medically protective mask on top of that.
- Stay as distanced as possible as often as possible.
Situations where talking outside is not really possible are things like adjusting to what’s going on while moving heavy things down a flight of stairs. (“Corner!” “Lower!“, etc)
Situations where 6+ feet of distancing isn’t really possible is when moving, say, a very heavy bank of lockers down the stairs.
So, in order to complete our move as safely as possible, we should be very clear on what the latest science tells us about risk factors.
In general, the risk factors for transmission have been updated by medical professionals to center on how forcefully an infected person speaks (or sings), and the length of time of exposure.. And of course these are all modulated by whether one or both people are wearing a mask.
(Good time to reinforce the message: YOU SHOULD ALWAYS BE WEARING A MEDICALLY-PROTECTIVE MASK WHILE AT NOISEBRIDGE. No exceptions.)
There has been a decrease in emphasis on distance as a risk factor. So, two people wearing masks who aren’t speaking much, but who are within a few feet of each other — even if they happen to be breathing harder from exertion — are in a low category of risk based on what I can gather from various articles that have come out in the past 4 months.
Therefore, we should pay special attention to how much we talk to each other WHILE moving things and cut the unnecessary yap, because that’s when we will unwittingly increase the forcefulness of our voices.
And (again) if you must wear an N95 mask for air quality reasons (probably a good idea certain days), you should have a cloth mask with good facial coverage over top of it.