Shitty that so many people can't be arsed to wear a mask.
I went to the supermarket today and I was the only one wearing one. It also struck me that the overwhelming majority of the people shopping there was elderly, i.e. the ones more at risk of being hit the hardest by this virus.
I'm seeing conflicting info, can someone help me out (genuinely) because there seems to be two sides.. the "masks dont help you look like an idiot wearing one!" and "MAKE YOUR OWN MASK, PROTECT YOURSELF!"
I feel like masks for EVERYONE is a good idea (i realise the problem is stock) because you can carry and not show symptoms, so if everyone had one surely it'd be safer for us all? But I saw a nurse tell off an old man at the hospital last week for "unnecessarily wearing a mask" because apparently we dont need them if we arent sick?
I have a spare washable cloth mask from travelling in SK that I wear sometimes but I feel like I'd just get called an idiot for wearing it now?
Why are the masks from Irema not being distributed? Instead of importing shit from China why not purchase the entire production capacity from them and begin distribution to low risk people so they can begin returning to work?
You're welcome to read through the science on the site (30+ studies support general mask usage). Given the science, it's obviously not a coincidence that countries with masks aren't hit as hard by COVID-19.
I was looking into that too, when I came across a PSA from a doctor saying it's a bad idea. Apparently theres materials like fibre glass in it that can cause other lung issues, and materials like that when you have to cut them have particles that damage your lungs when you breathe them in.
100% cotton and a kitchen towel in there as a filter can filter 70-80% particulates anyway apparently.
I know I was all set to buy a HEPA filter too. I ended up doing loads more reading on it and found this info:
"It is scientifically proved that DIY face mask with [one facial tissue (inner layer on the face) and two kitchen paper towels as the outer layer achieved over 90% function of surgical mask](https://www.consumer.org.hk/ws_en/news/2020/covid-19-diymasks) in terms of filtration of 20-200nm aerosol. The Taskforce recommends that the public can consider using the above materials to make DIY face mask in time of acute shortage of surgical mask."
Theres also some good info [here](https://masks4all.co/).
One of the original [sources](http://blog.japanesecreations.com/no-sew-face-mask-with-handkerchief-and-hair-tie) of the no sew mask (trending for the last week or so, I might add) lists the size as 18" x 18" or about 46cm.
I just tried it out with an old tshirt. If you cut the entire front (or back) off a tshirt leaving off the neck band and sleeves, you can make a passable face covering like in the video. The wonky bits where the sleeves and neck were are hidden in the first folds.
i decided yesterday i was going to wear it for 18 months, based on predictions that's how long this will stick around for, at least. this is a great tutorial, and has three layers, which i think is important to block the nasties. [https://diyjoy.com/diy-mask-with-no-sewing-machine/](https://diyjoy.com/diy-mask-with-no-sewing-machine/)
Not entirely against masks, but:
1. I've seen tons of people wear them incorrectly - e.g. cover mouth but not nose, peel off to speak, etc.
2. Fidgeting with a poorly made / placed mask can increase the amount of times you touch your face, which is counterproductive.
3. Most materials still let most virus particles through. Yes they will help a small degree, but ultimately unless you have a proper N95, even a good surgical mask will allow a significant amount of particles through, not to mention essentially wearing a scarf or a t-shirt around your face.
In a world where we have a surplus of proper masks I would want everyone to wear one. This isn't the case though, so I am fine with masks being allocated on need basis, going to health professionals first over a random Joe who won't even use it right. It also worries me that people wearing makeshift masks will get a false sense of security and it will end up being counterproductive
I think a lot of the recommendations with regards to general public wearing (or not wearing as the case may be) PPE is so that we don't substitute hygiene and safe distancing with PPE.
I mean personally I'd prefer if they said "Wear masks, wear gloves, but don't forget to wash your hands with warm soapy water and maintain at least a 2 m distance to others".
Oh and I'd say governments are desperate to grab as much PPE for health care workers, who in fairness need it more than you or i. Maybe that's why this nonsense is being spouted out too? Who knows.
I think it comes from a place of ignorance. And because many government and health leaders have been pushing this false narrative. Same reason it's hard to comprehend why there are climate change deniers.
I don't know why the Aust govt hasn't followed the CDC's lead/advice on this. Particularly considering asymptomatic transmission.
I am wearing a surgical mask when I need to go out; having just had my elderly Mum in hospital after a couple of falls, where she then contracted HAP (hospital acquired pneumonia - tested negative for covid-19, thank god) I got used to wearing the one I was given on the ward.
Well as far as I know, you can't buy masks now so that's a bit of a spurious argument...I only got one because I was given it. So that's nil reason for the Govt not to recommend home made ones and disseminate info on their proper use/cleaning.