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    Why Wearing a Face Mask Is Encouraged in Asia, but Shunned in the U.S.

    On the one hand is the view shared by Dr. William Schaffner, a professor in Vanderbilt University’s Division of Infectious Diseases, who says that medical masks commonly worn by members of the public do not fit snugly around the nose, cheeks and chin.
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    David Hui, a respiratory medicine expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong who studied the 2002 to 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) extensively, says it’s “common sense” that wearing a mask would protect against infectious diseases like COVID-19.

    “If you are standing in front of someone who is sick, the mask will give some protection,” Hui says. “The mask provides a barrier from respiratory droplets, which is predominantly how the virus spreads.”

    He also says that the role of a face mask may be especially important in the epidemic due to the nature of the virus. Patients with COVID-19 often have mild or even no symptoms, and some researchers believe it can also be transmitted when patients are asymptomatic
    Why Face Masks Are Encouraged in Asia, but Shunned in the U.S. | Time

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    Re: Why Wearing a Face Mask Is Encouraged in Asia, but Shunned in the U.S.

    seems to me with the asymptomatic carriers wearing a mask is a good idea

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    Re: Why Wearing a Face Mask Is Encouraged in Asia, but Shunned in the U.S.

    I have been fortunate enough to to travel. For over twenty years, I have seen Asian tourists in multiple countries wearing surgical masks. Not all of them but a fair amount. Not certain what conclusion to draw from this observation.

    Interesting article from 2014:

    A quick history of why Asians wear surgical masks in public — Quartz
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    Re: Why Wearing a Face Mask Is Encouraged in Asia, but Shunned in the U.S.

    Trump said he gathered the greatest pile of masks ever assembled. More masks than anyone imagined he could get. Great masks. Perfect masks. Masky masks.

    But then Pence took the podium and said to ignore what the President said about masks.

    So I guess we don't know what's going on with that.

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    Re: Why Wearing a Face Mask Is Encouraged in Asia, but Shunned in the U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by annata View Post
    On the one hand is the view shared by Dr. William Schaffner, a professor in Vanderbilt University’s Division of Infectious Diseases, who says that medical masks commonly worn by members of the public do not fit snugly around the nose, cheeks and chin.
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    David Hui, a respiratory medicine expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong who studied the 2002 to 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) extensively, says it’s “common sense” that wearing a mask would protect against infectious diseases like COVID-19.

    “If you are standing in front of someone who is sick, the mask will give some protection,” Hui says. “The mask provides a barrier from respiratory droplets, which is predominantly how the virus spreads.”

    He also says that the role of a face mask may be especially important in the epidemic due to the nature of the virus. Patients with COVID-19 often have mild or even no symptoms, and some researchers believe it can also be transmitted when patients are asymptomatic
    Why Face Masks Are Encouraged in Asia, but Shunned in the U.S. | Time
    Many U.S. doctors and experts claim they are only helpful for those who are coughing and sneezing, those already sick, and it keeps their germs at bay.
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    Re: Why Wearing a Face Mask Is Encouraged in Asia, but Shunned in the U.S.

    I would guess the severe particulate air pollution has a lot t do with the popularity in Asia. Here, they are only semi-popular in pollen season.
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    Re: Why Wearing a Face Mask Is Encouraged in Asia, but Shunned in the U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by WCH View Post
    I would guess the severe particulate air pollution has a lot t do with the popularity in Asia. Here, they are only semi-popular in pollen season.
    in some places like Beijing -yes. But this is everywhere including non metro areas.

    The science is correct that if asymptomatic individuals are carriers, then we are all potential carriers without symptoms

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    Re: Why Wearing a Face Mask Is Encouraged in Asia, but Shunned in the U.S.

    I've seen experts saying that for civilians, wearing a mask is next to useless.

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    Re: Why Wearing a Face Mask Is Encouraged in Asia, but Shunned in the U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by annata View Post
    On the one hand is the view shared by Dr. William Schaffner, a professor in Vanderbilt University’s Division of Infectious Diseases, who says that medical masks commonly worn by members of the public do not fit snugly around the nose, cheeks and chin.
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    David Hui, a respiratory medicine expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong who studied the 2002 to 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) extensively, says it’s “common sense” that wearing a mask would protect against infectious diseases like COVID-19.

    “If you are standing in front of someone who is sick, the mask will give some protection,” Hui says. “The mask provides a barrier from respiratory droplets, which is predominantly how the virus spreads.”

    He also says that the role of a face mask may be especially important in the epidemic due to the nature of the virus. Patients with COVID-19 often have mild or even no symptoms, and some researchers believe it can also be transmitted when patients are asymptomatic
    Why Face Masks Are Encouraged in Asia, but Shunned in the U.S. | Time
    The last sentence gives the reason why - they aren't effective in controlling the spread, and the practice is taking masks from where they are needed.


    A tweet from Surgeon General Jerome Adams sums up the argument: “Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”

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    Re: Why Wearing a Face Mask Is Encouraged in Asia, but Shunned in the U.S.

    I think a mask would make sense in public in today's situation. If the virus is spread by carriers exhaling the virus, it only makes sense to keep the virus out of the air I'm breathing if he is upwind of me.

    If I don't have the virus and the most common form of passing the virus is through the air we breathe, I would like to be protected. I have gone out a few times for brief periods, and am starting to feel self-conscious about being near others, especially strangers.

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