RT @DavidSacks: The one thing that Trump/Pence and WHO appear to have in common is their resistance to a mask requirement. I don’t get it. This is one of the few silver bullets that may work, with very little downside if it doesn’t.
It was easier to find articles, now google is uploading based on the lying CDC.
The Corona virus is smaller that the N95 mask can prevent leaking in or out. - - - - - -
All masks list their effectiveness in their description and will indicate the percentage of particulates they can block. For example, a mask listed as N95 will keep out 95% of particles, an N99 blocks 99% and so on. Dr. Yu also explained that, even for those percentages, the masks won’t necessarily stop the coronavirus in particular, as it’s a smaller virus, but those are the gold standard for medical professionals.
However, there’s a critical shortage of N95 respirators and other medical-grade face masks, so they should be reserve for medical professionals fighting on the front lines. Experts say the average citizen does not need one of these masks.
A general patient mask will likely block moisture, but as the mask is not completely sealed, it won’t necessarily block anything incoming, so there’s still a risk of inhaling the virus. So, Dr. Yu said it’s important that a mask is fitted professionally because if it leaks, you’re not as protected. Additionally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that facial hair may reduce the effectiveness of a mask.
A fit test is also good, as it will let you practice using a mask. Having just completed a test for work, Dr. Yu said it’s really not comfortable. If you’re wearing a mask, removal is also very important: Lift with the straps, and make sure you do not touch the mask itself, as this could be contaminated.
The CDC recently shifted its stance and now recommends that masks be used by the general public. In fact, several states have now made some type of face mask mandatory in public including Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
As a result, many people have started to get creative and have been using cloth, bandannas and even travel eye shades as masks. Dr. Yu says that while cloth masks may not hurt, you’ll want to keep these general rules in mind: Wash your hands before putting one on, avoid touching the mask and the elastic part and wash your hands after removing the mask.
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> The day before yesterday, 21 people died of COVID-19 in Japan. In the United States, 2,129 died. This comes despite Japan having no lockdown, still-active subways, and many businesses that have remained open. Pro-maskers assert that the widespread use of face coverings can diminish the spread.
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> CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
As someone who doesn't wear a mask, I can tell you the reason why I don't is because I don't care. The people that matter to me are far way, I live alone, I tend to avoid crowds, I am healthy, and I am fine with dying. So there's really little to no reason why I should wear a mask.
I refuse to wear one. I definitely keep my distance, never touch my face and religiously wash my hands when contacting unknown surfaces. I go to work everyday and grocery shopping twice a week, I'm still healthy.
Aren't the answer to what? It's to reduce the exponential spread of a virus that you can spread while still feeling "Healthy". Just because you don't understand something doesn't mean it's wrong, but that's the problem with modern society, every snowflake thinks their personal feelings and anecdotes have some value vs experts/science.
That's the real problem. People can whine that not enough people are wearing them, but they aren't widely available and accessibly priced. When that changes I imagine a lot more people will wear them. Though still probably not most.
You dont want to be the only one wearing it - no point if no one else is. But, once enough people are wearing them more and more might feel obligated - especially if it starts to show results.
I get a sense that less and less people are believing it's worth worrying about - from the conversations I've had with random people recently. Some people less scared, and thinking there's been an over reaction.
If more businesses and offices are allowed to open, and if people are allowed inside stores... then if cases start to go back up they'll probably be convinced to start wearing them instead of closing things again.
It’s okay to be the first though. You’re reducing spread if you’re unknowingly carrying the virus asymptomatically.
Furthermore you’re less likely to get it in the first place, aren’t you? Assuming proper care is taken and the mask is not giving a false sense of security with regard to all the other measures (avoiding face touching, washing surfaces/hands, etc)
The study is based on a computer-based simulation. Even the best models breakdown when humans are part of the formula as we are just so unpredictable.
This study is a headline, not hard science. There is ample other papers that suggest the impact of masks are negligible and equally another batch that say they are. But critically, there is no consensus.
I'm not anti-mask but I'm getting really tired of opinion being aired as fact.
The CDC numbers are clear. I'm a mathematician but you don't need calculus for this. Last flu season we lost 30k to 60k Americans. Let's average that to 50k. Let's also say our task force estimates are wrong and instead of losing 100k we lose 150k Americans.
Did you take a third of the measures every year, every single flu season of your life that you are now? Did you wear a half mask? No you didn't because you didn't allow fear of the unknown to rule your life.
The current case mortality rate of covid19 is UNKNOWN and extremely overestimated because we have no clue exactly how many people have gotten it. We won't know until the population as a whole is tested. Take precautions, sure. Practice good hygiene, of course. Lose your mind and point fingers at those who don't agree with you? What do you think?
This study is not actually a study. Some researchers built a computer model, and compared the simulated graphs to the the case numbers from 33 countries and 5 Chinese cities. The countries and cities were grouped into "Masking Culture" and "No Masking Culture". The graphs from "Masking Culture" countries and cities looked like the simulated graph, so the authors decided that masking works.
However, the authors assume that "the factor by which β (rate of infection) was reduced was conservatively set to 2" for mask wearers. Basically, the authors assumed that masks reduced infection rates by 50%.
Articles like this are junk science and just add noise to the discussion.
Borat can make random people sing along to "throw the jew down the well" just because he is cunning enough to add in the line "so my country can be free" in the lyrics. If you talk about masks I bet its gonna be ammo for a few dumb americans to cry being stripped of their freedom to not wear masks. Pointless to do anything. Let em go down in history in the dumb ways to die list
“ If 80% of a closed population were to don a mask, COVID-19 infection rates would statistically drop to approximately one twelfth the number of infections—compared to a live-virus population in which no one wore masks.”