Microbiologist Shuts Down All 'Karens' by Demonstrating How Important Wearing a Mask Is | 22 Words

A microbiologist has shut down all of the "Karens" who have been slamming the use of facemasks by demonstrating the sheer importance of wearing one...

Many wouldn't believe that we're still living through a global pandemic...

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But believe it or not, we still are.

The Black Lives Matter movement has been dominating headlines over the last few weeks...

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Which is exactly what should be happening, of course.

But it seems that many people have forgotten that a global pandemic has seized the entire world...

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And even though numbers of infections are steadily dropping in many countries, our country continues to be the worst affected.

There are currently over 2 million actives cases of the virus here in America.

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It just doesn't seem to be phasing people anymore.

Many individuals seem to be forgetting that the virus is passed on through close contact...

Such as coughing, sneezing, and touching things with your bare hands. This is exactly why many government officials have stressed the importance of wearing facemasks in public spaces because even though they can't protect a person fully from catching or spreading the virus, they lower that chance significantly.

In many parts of the world, it is now mandatory to wear a form of facial covering in public...

And New York City is one of those places.

But it seems that certain individuals have been deciding to completely disregard this rule...

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And "Karens" seem to be the biggest culprits. For those who aren't aware, a "Karen" is now associated with a middle-class white woman who throws a tantrum when she doesn't get her own way.

Who could forget this "Karen" who was spotted in a New York bagel store earlier this month?

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She wasn't wearing a facemask and when she got called out, she erupted in the worst possible way.

Things quickly turned ugly...

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The woman was seen to storm over to the person who called her out and deliberately cough all over her.

This is not acceptable.

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The woman's behavior was considered as an assault due to the fact that we're living through a pandemic, and it's clear that this selfish individual has no idea how dangerous this virus really is.

People were left feeling furious...

And with a little help from social media, the "Karen" was soon identified.

Her name is Lauren Balsamo...

And as soon as people found out she worked in clinical care, many began savagely demanding for her to be fired from her job.

The company in which Lauren worked for reached out on Twitter...

And they confirmed that she hadn't worked for them since January of this year and that they don't tolerate her "shocking" behavior.

Sadly, Lauren isn't the only "Karen" to have condemned the use of facemasks...

And it is because of people like these why the death toll in our country is the highest in the world.

Well, thankfully for us, a microbiologist has decided to speak out about the importance of wearing facemasks...

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And he has completely shut down all the Karens by doing so.

Microbiologist Rich Davis used a viral tweet to explain this fact...

And he showed the results of a demonstration he put together showing just how big of a difference masks can make in halting the spread of respiratory droplets.

For this demonstration, Dr. Davis held agar cultures near his face and sneezed, sang, talked, and coughed at them.

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For one set, he wore a standard surgical mask, and for the other, he wore no mask.

He then left the cultures to grow the bacteria deposited by his respiratory droplets...

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So wherever you see a bacteria colony, that's an indication of where the droplets and bacteria from his mouth landed. It's crystal clear that the mask made a huge difference in the number of droplets that landed on the plates.

Dr. Davis also demonstrated the effectiveness of distance on the spread of droplets...

He stood 2 feet, 4 feet, and 6 feet away from the culture plates and coughed hard for fifteen seconds with and without a mask.

While a 6-foot difference greatly reduced the presence of bacteria, the mask still appeared more effective in all cases.

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Dr. Davis explained that this demonstration isn't likely to show the difference between mask types, and in the thread, he notes how this is definitely a demonstration, not an experiment. After all, it's a sample size of one, and COVID-19 is a virus, not a bacteria.

He also stressed that the type of mask wouldn't make much of a difference...

And it's all about keeping your nose and mouth covered.

In short, Dr. Davis recommends that face masks and face shields should be a normalized part of hygiene, just like washing our hands or sneezing into tissues.

So please, do not listen to all of those "Karens" out there who are insisting on not wearing facemasks in public. Lives will be saved if we all comply with these simple rules.