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Sue's Blog

Monday, 09/28/20 - Letter to Governor Gregg Abbott Regarding Lifting Restrictions in Texas

I have had several email exchanges with Representative Vikki Goodwin (D) regarding the Mask mandate ordered by Governor Abbott on July 3, 2020. I have also written to Congressman Roger Williams (R).

Personally, I am not able to wear a mask due to medical reasons. I have not gone to any locations in three months where a mask is required. That means I am confined to our home most of the time which is not freedom and in my opinion is totally un-American. This should be a choice not a mandate. Law abiding, tax paying citizens should not be forced to wear a mask in public or fined, threatened, or jailed for not doing so. There is no legislation making mask wearing for healthy individuals in public a law.

I am concerned about the voting polls even though Governor Abbott stated in the mask mandate on July 3rd that voting polls and churches are exempt. The reason for this concern is because people like myself are being discriminated against because we choose not to jeopardize our health by wearing these mask which can be quite harmful according to all the medical science journals I have researched.

I sent this information concerning what happened with our son and the science below to Ms. Goodwin and now sending it to the Governor for input and to find out when the restrictions will be lifted in the state of Texas.

Last month our 27-year-old son who has been having heart racing, increased BP, anxiety, panic attacks and on beta blockers for over a month had a stress test at his cardiologist here in Lakeway. The nurse who obviously is not aware of the medical studies (he did not see his doctor during the stress test) required that he wear a mask while on the treadmill for over eight minutes. I was quite concerned. This is not only ludicrous, it is negligent for medical professionals to not know how dangerous it can be wearing a mask while exercising on a treadmill, especially when they are seeing the doctor for heart issues. People are making irrational decisions concerning the positive benefits of mask wearing including these medical personnel due to the measures ordered by our state officials when the medical science clearly states otherwise.

Now our son has started working in the garden center at Lowes and is required to wear a mask for over 8 hours outside in the hot humid weather while walking around, lifting, etc. I’m especially concerned due to his heart condition of late. All the research I have read points to the hazards of wearing these masks outside especially while sweating, walking, exercising, etc. It is not healthy for him or for children I see wearing them.

The Florida Governor has lifted the restrictions in his state and they have had more deaths than Texas.

--September 26, 2020 - The state has a 13.37 percent testing positivity rate and there have been a total of 13,915 deaths as of Saturday afternoon.--

We would like to know when the mask mandate and restrictions to businesses are going to be lifted in the state of Texas?

The information below is from - *E Person, C Lemercier et al. Effect of a surgical mask on six-minute walking distance. Rev Mal Respir. 2018 Mar; 35(3):264-268.

It must also be considered that masks impede the necessary volume of air intake required for adequate oxygen exchange, which results in observed physiological effects that may be undesirable. Even 6- minute walks, let alone more strenuous activity, resulted in dyspnea. The volume of unobstructed oxygen in a typical breath is about 100 ml, used for normal physiological processes. 100 ml O2 greatly exceeds the volume of a pathogen required for transmission.

Here are a few more studies from the medical science journals for your review. There are many more we have researched and continue to research the facts.

Respiratory acidosis: “Respiratory acidosis develops when air inhaled into and exhaled from the lungs does not get adequately exchanged between the carbon dioxide from the body and oxygen from the air.”

• Here are just a few of the symptoms from respiratory acidosis - reduced heart muscle function
• disturbances in heart rhythm, producing arrhythmias
• a drop in blood pressure

American Journal of Infection Control – “Face mask use in health care workers has not been demonstrated to provide benefit in terms of cold symptoms or getting colds.” PMID: 19216002

Journal of Epidemiology & Infection – “There is little evidence to support the effectiveness of face masks to reduce the risk of infection.” PMID – 20092668

Journal Neurocrania (Neurosurgery) – “Preliminary Report on Surgical Mask Induced Deoxygenation During Major Surgery – Our study revealed a decrease in the oxygen saturation of arterial pulsations (SpO2). PMID : 32237672 

(NEJM) New England Journal of Medicine “We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.” PMID : 32237672

Annals of Internal Medicine: April 6, 2020 - “both surgical and cotton masks seem to be ineffective in preventing the dissemination of SARS-CoV-2 from the coughs of patients with COVID-19 to the environment and external mask surface.”

I appreciate your consideration in this matter and look forward to your response.


Sue Seward
Texas Resident & Registered Republican Voter

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