I have never been so sad about air quality both in our apartment & in public arenas.
I have gone well out of our way just to make sure I have borderline HEPA quality masks to wear whenever I leave our house.
Of course I do it in section to protect others’ safety, but first & foremost I do it to protect myself. I have asthma & lung pollen irritations, I certainly can’t afford to get sick with this virus. Even if I had a perfect medical history, it’s a process of rolling the dice with long term side effects. This is regardless of whether or not I end up with a serious case. When I take stock of our fear & formulate our plans for where to find our groceries each week, I try our best to avoid going into cramped buildings with lots of people. Many do not realize the proximity effect, & how viral particles have less air to disperse in whenever you shrink the size of the indoor space. Huge stores love Walmart have Heating, Ventilation, & A/C systems churning through a crucial amount of oxygen & carbon dioxide while shoppers are relegated to the ground & a few feet above it. I can’t even imagine going into a diner, especially 1 with no windows & packed seating. It doesn’t matter if their air conditioner has a HEPA filter in it or not, the viral particle exposure is exponentially worse in narrow & close proximity to others compared to shopping in a grocery store with vaulted ceilings. You’d literally have to offer to pay me, & even then I honestly wouldn’t eat at a diner. This is the case even if I’m wearing a gas mask or a full face shield over a small N95 mask. I do not want to put our life at risk over something as trivial as eating in public.