As of today 7/24/2020 The State of Idaho does NOT have a Mask Mandate however the Panhandle Health District has signed an Emergency order that took effect yesterday evening. The Local Police said they would NOT ticket people. The fine is $1,000 or up to a year in Jail. WOW ... Here is a Letter that was shared on Facebook from a Licensed Respiratory Therapist
Dear (CDA Press) Editor,
There is no doubt that during this pandemic most people want to do the right thing. They want to do something. So wearing a mask for them seems a simple step in the right direction for doing good for the community. I can clearly tell you it is NOT. I have been a Respiratory Therapist licensed in Idaho and Washington for 35 years and dealing with infectious diseases and respiratory pathogens isn't anything new to me. Masks certainly have their place when used by trained personnel in proper settings. Putting on personal protective equipment, including masks and then disposing of it immediately following its intended use is fine. But wearing masks by the public in general, especially non-disposable ones, is only going to allow the SARS-COv-2 virus which causes Covid-19 to live longer and spread more effectively. Here's why... Viruses and many other pathogens do much, much better surviving in a higher humidity environment. The type of environment found in and on a face mask when being worn by Joe Q citizen. Now with Mr. Citizen who is wearing a mask, providing a nice comfortable home for viruses and other bugs, is walking around stores touching things. He's messing with his mask and back to touching door handles, produce, shopping carts and then touching that nasty mask over and over contaminating everything else he touches. The only thing dirtier than a mask a person is wearing is their underwear... Maybe.
Imagine if you will wearing a black mask. Now put your hands in white flour which represents the Corona Virus. How long before that mask is infected with white flour. Not long for sure. Now unless you sanitize your hands immediately every time after touching the mask, your hands are contaminated and spreading germs. This is not rocket science but simple common sense that many in authoritative positions simply do not understand. These people mandating mask use are acting on emotions and impulse and not science. With few exceptions, wearing masks is contra-indicated if you want to slow the spread of Covid 19 and other diseases.