What the Boss Likes – some improvements to what the PA Department of Health says about masks

The PA Department of Health has some info on masks. They have a basic bit of instruction on masks and then they refer people to the NYT instructions. Both, from my opinion as someone who has worn PPE and who sews, are lacking. Let me tell you what I think should be done.

This is what the PADOH says:

“How to Make a Homemade Mask out of Fabric or Cloth:

Below are instructions on how to make a mask at home.
Materials needed: • Fabric (100% cotton is most effective) • Fabric Ties • Scissors • Sewing machine or a needle and thread Instructions:
• Measure and cut two pieces of fabric in a rectangle pattern to fit snugly around the face (size 12 inches by 6 inches is standard for adults)
• Tightly sew both layers together on all edges
• Cut fabric ties to fit around the ears
• Sew the ties to the insides of the mask on the smaller edge, repeat on both sides
• Resew the sides to ensure a tight seal between both pieces of fabric and the earpiece

The above is going to make a pretty loose mask with no shaping to the face. The size of the NYT mask below is much better at 9.5” x 6.5”. It really needs the pleats in to fit closely to the lower face and offer some protection. The ties should be about 18” long to be tied around the head, one up high around the crown, and the other around the base of the skull. Here’s basically what you want to go for.

Mask Diagram
Mask Diagram – my changes on the NYT version.

 

Sew the ties at the corners of the rectangle. Trying to sew them parallel to the rectangle, as shown in the NYT version linked below, will just drive you nuts because it is very hard not to catch the tie in the seam. You can also use elastic but it can be problematic as the NYT article indicates.

Fold the pleats so they look like a “Z” when you would look at the short edge edge-on.   Basically, bring the lower pleat line up behind and the top line down on top in reference to the top of the mask.

Tutorials/Resources: • https://www.nytimes.com/article/how-to-make-face-mask-coronavirus.html

Now, for the NYT version, it says you can use a tea towel. That will be damn near impossible to do unless you have a heavy-duty sewing machine (mine can go through leather and denim/canvas) or a heavy duty hand sewing needle (the little ones in a sewing kit just won’t cut it), since you’ll end up going through at least 4 layers of fabric for the pleats. I recommend you use a dress shirt or a pillowcase/sheet to get a tight but light weave.

Sewing the ties will also not be easy. If you are going to use the method in the NYT version, do it by hand because a sewing machine will likely eat the narrow strip. If you want to use a sewing machine, use a larger piece of fabric and sew the tubes by folding over the edge into the main body of the fabric, run a seam, cut off the resultant “tube” and do it again. Then you can pull the tubes inside out as if you were putting a cord back in a pair of drawstring sweats.

I recommend either knotting the free ends or sewing them closed. Mine have been washed with no problems. If you can raid grandma’s sewing kit and find some bias tape, ribbon (warning, ribbon can slip), etc it can make the ties go faster.

All in all, I personally prefer the fitted mask as you saw on my last blog post. But the pleated mask will work too. I’ve made quite a few now for friends. I did wear one for getting groceries and yep, they just aren’t fun to wear. Especially for us with allergies. But they are important.

What the Boss Likes – I’m bored so I’m making masks

Here in the US, the powers that be haven’t quite decided if we should all wear masks or not.  I have little to do so here are a pair I made for my husband and myself.

I got the pattern here.  I have the fabric and a fair amount of elastic but ties could be used too.  They are just two layers of fabric, but I guess they could help.

Here’s a couple of photos of the one I made myself (and yes that’s a cat face with a mousie hanging from the mouth) and a Spider-man one for my husband.

 

Not So Polite Dinner Conversation – and the theists with blood on their hands

I got my hands slapped for pointing out on Facebook that Christians and Christianity and other religions have lied and are causing a disaster. I guess theists don’t like the truth that their gods aren’t real and their holy books make false promises.

We have Christians intentionally ignoring health and safety directives.   And now they are getting arrested for putting the public in danger. This will of course be lied about by them and they will insist that they are being persecuted.

They aren’t and haven’t been. They have willfully decided that their nonsense is more important than anyone’s life. They place everyone’s safety on the altar of their ignorance and selfishness.

There is no magical healing. There are no gods. We are stuck with dealing with this on our own.

Those who support such ignorant and reckless behavior have blood on their hands. It’s that simple.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/florida-pastor-arrested-after-holding-church-services-despite-coronavirus-orders-n1172276

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2020/03/pastor-who-claimed-covid-19-hysteria-was-plot-against-trump-dies-from-virus/

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/nolongerquivering/2020/03/jill-rodrigues-breaking-ohios-mandatory-stay-at-home-order/

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-03-29/coronavirus-choir-outbreak

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-51701039

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/louisiana-pastor-defies-coronavirus-order-draws-over-1-000-people-n1168501

https://www.newsweek.com/conservative-pastor-claims-he-healed-viewers-coronavirus-through-their-tv-screens-1492044

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatches/2020/03/09/jackson-homovirus-is-destroying-the-family/

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2020/03/29/scamvangelist-declares-covid-19-finished-after-commanding-god-to-destroy-it/

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/11/814550474/missouri-sues-televangelist-jim-bakker-for-selling-fake-coronavirus-cure

https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2020/03/24/pastor-arkansas-church-coronavirus-warning-greers-ferry/

‘If You’re Carrying The Virus, We Declare You Healed In Jesus’ Name’: Pastor Holds Services Despite Outbreak, Says Coronavirus Is Of Demonic Origin

https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Is-Zionist-coronavirus-cure-Halal-Iranian-cleric-says-yes-620900

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/how-iran-became-a-new-epicenter-of-the-coronavirus-outbreak

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2020/2/25/applying-essential-oil-to-anus-cures-coronavirus-iranian-cleric?utm_source=facebook

https://www.propublica.org/article/as-coronavirus-cases-rise-members-of-some-ultra-orthodox-jewish-communities-continue-to-congregate

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/mar/30/liberty-university-coronavirus-student-positive-jerry-falwell-jr


Now, many Christians, and I’m sure other believers will complain and insist that one can’t judge their religion by the people practicing it. Sorry, we can and we will. Your god does nothing, and your people lie.

What the Boss Likes – cat photos

because there aren’t enough cat photos on the internet

Not So Polite Dinner Conversation – the United States of America 2020 Census form

This is the sheet of the 2020 US census that has us telling a little about ourselves. My household seem to get one of the shorter versions, but *all* will have this on them.

2020 US Census Form

 

For you who don’t want to squint at the picture, the most curious question is below
What is Person 1’s race? (the print area is 16 characters)
White – Print, for example, German, Irish, English, Italian, Lebanese, Egyptian, etc

Black or African Am. – Print, for example, African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethopian, Somali, etc.

American Indian or Alaskan Native – Print name of enrolled or principal tribe(s), for example Navajo Nation, Blackfeet Tribe, Mayan, Aztec, Native Village of Barro Inupiat Traditional Government, Nome Eskimo Community 

Chinese

Filipino

Asian Indian

Vietnamese

Korean

Japanese

Native Hawaiian

Samoan

Chamorro (these are folks from Guam and the Mariannas Islands)

Other Asian – Print, for example, Pakistani, Cambodian, Hmong, etc

Other Pacific Islander – Print, for example, Tongan, Fijian, Marshallese, etc

Some other race – Print race or origin

Now we’ve had some problems here with Trump and his bigoted followers and allies with what was going to be on our census. The Trumpies wanted this on the census “’Is this person a Citizen of the United States?’”

This was, of course, to feed their hate and fear of immigrants.   It was kept off the census.

But as you can see above, we have what they seem to think will work. From what I suspect, a lot of people will put their ancestry and this gives our white supremacists something to work on since that orange asshole only wants people from the Nordic countries just like his wannabee nazi friends. You of course remember the reference to “shithole countries”.   The 2010 Census form didn’t have such questions on it for people of caucasian or African descent. 2010questionnaire

Now, I’m quite a mixed back when it comes to ancestry.  I did one of those gene tests for my folks, knowing that anything they had I would have, so didn’t need to get one for myself.  My ancestry is Austrian, English, Nordic (the  alpha 1 anti-trypisin deficiency genetic screw up originated there), Hungarian and evidently I have a little of Sephardic Jew in there somewhere.  What the fuck am I supposed to put down?

This question makes no sense *unless* you want to figure out who are the “pure” people and who aren’t.

I’m putting “American” in the box.  No one needs to know where you came from, just who you are now.

Not So Polite Dinner Conversation – Theists, the jig is up

Complete Christian idiots
Complete Christian idiots

So, here we are with a pandemic.   I’m working from home now and so is my husband for at least the next 14 days. We aren’t in the risky populations but my folks are, my dad having COPD thanks to a lifetime of smoking and inhaling gods know what from being a farmer and my mom from just being older. My family has alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency aka genetic emphysema running through it. This means that anyone with two of the copies of the gene has lungs that react badly to many things, like my aunt who was a teacher for years and the chalk dust was what made her lungs crap. My uncle died of complications from breathing in silage dust and welding fumes.

Weirdly enough, this gene mutation is also thought to protect people from intestinal worms so it did have a limited good effect when worms were a much larger issue than they are now. The smoke from inside sources of heat back then must have been a problem though.

So, yes, stay home, avoid people and deal with it.

What is interesting now is that religions are having to deal with this in a way I don’t recall seeing before. We have some Christians realizing that their god has no power over a virus and believing science quite a lot now, despite their attempts to claim that it is wrong in relation to their religion. We also have other Christians ignoring reality and making things worse by their lies.

In both cases, we have that the claims that religions make shown to be completely false. No magic god, no magic healing, there is just reality and we have to deal with it. Trump declared a “day of prayer” and unsurprisingly, nothing at all happened.

It is very much past time to ditch magical thinking.

Here is a good article on the virus: https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/covid-19-update-what-you-need-to-know/