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Forced wearing of masks - what's your opinion?

Old 2nd May 2020, 19:57
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Originally Posted by InSeat19c View Post
All the information I have heard regarding masks
It is usually a good idea to engage your own brain when considering things that other people tell you.
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Old 3rd May 2020, 17:01
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Actually, InSeat19c is correct. Unless you have an ICU type mask, it will not stop the virus penetrating to you, so is no protection. What the general public mask does is stop YOU spreading YOUR droplets quite as much.
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Old 3rd May 2020, 18:54
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I think people are working on the 'every little helps' approach. With the lack of testing, we have no idea of where we are, so people do what they can.
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Old 4th May 2020, 10:53
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My own reason for wearing a mask is that my son, a Czechia resident has been forced to wear one out of doors for something like 7-8 weeks. A serious fine for not complying. Most masks are home made but anyone in the medical or emergency services sector has a proper PPE grade one. They have had a very low incidence of infection and of deaths and so I am very much in the every little helps camp. despite their communist past Czechs are not ones for blindly doing what they are told but they did put a huge effort into the program for women who could sew to produce masks to government designs and they dont have too many of the 'its my life my decision' idiots that we sometimes exhibit. While along way from majority i have noticed a lot more masks in the last few weeks locally
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Old 4th May 2020, 22:06
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Do masks stop you getting the virus? Probably not. It's woryth remembering that virus particles are smaller than bacteria particles which is why hospital staff need those very specialised masks.
Do masks stop you spreading the vrus if you happen to have it? Again, probably not unless it's one of the highly specialised ones.
The cynic in me is going to suggest that the airlines are working on the basis of legal advice rather than health advice.
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Old 5th May 2020, 10:41
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The reason the medics need such high quality protection, is that they are close to the patients for extended periods of time. The patient is coughing at them (I have heard the coughing of a Covid 19 patient and it is extreme) so they need that high level of protection.

For those of us that are at the supermarket, we are only passing by people who might have the disease (or ourselves) and with the correct social distance - the liklihood of infection is very much less. I would not be near an infected person without the full PPE.

Another reason for wearing a mask, I think, is that it helps remind others that there is a virus that is hugely damaging to humans.
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Old 5th May 2020, 11:10
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Originally Posted by Hartington View Post
Do masks stop you getting the virus? Probably not. It's woryth remembering that virus particles are smaller than bacteria particles which is why hospital staff need those very specialised masks.
Do masks stop you spreading the vrus if you happen to have it? Again, probably not unless it's one of the highly specialised ones.
The cynic in me is going to suggest that the airlines are working on the basis of legal advice rather than health advice.
If by "probably not" you mean, say, 75% probably not, that other 25 or 45 % is still a lot of dead people.

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Old 15th May 2020, 20:36
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Originally Posted by PAXboy View Post
I think people are working on the 'every little helps' approach. With the lack of testing, we have no idea of where we are, so people do what they can.

Yep...people will be debating this episode 10+ years from now. And reliable data will still be hard to get 10+ years from now.

We have drive-up testing sites popping up around town like new Starbucks. The accuracy of this testing is not always reliable. Results in 15 minutes ? How accurate is that test ? What does faulty data add to understanding where government decision making is involved ?

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...-test-accuracy


My ER doc daughter-in-law says the proper conduct of a nasal swab test is critical...and if not done correctly can produce rather high rates of false negatives. How often is a nasal swab done properly at a drive-up site ? Who are the people doing the tests ?

And politics. It's now impossible to remove politics from the whole mess.

This will be debated 10+ years from now...maybe even longer. It's a mess.

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