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    Re: Mask

    Quote Originally Posted by eman623 View Post
    So they work, but only if everyone wears them.

    That gives me an idea. How about EVERYBODY WEAR THEM?!!


    If wearing a mask increases the likelihood you get infected, how is that working?

    It looks like it's a wash at best.

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    Re: Mask

    Quote Originally Posted by swing_voter View Post
    If wearing a mask increases the likelihood you get infected, how is that working?

    It looks like it's a wash at best.
    It's not. It decreases the chances because all the sick people who don't know they are sick yet will be wearing masks too.

    Wear a mask and don't touch your face. Actually don't touch your face in any case. But wear a mask too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crosscheck View Post
    Since the virus is spread airborne through our mouths it only makes sense if there was a barrier to oral spray it would drastically help.

    The problem now is a continual lack of masks.

    Then there are the over reactionaries. I have seen people alone driving in their vehicle wearing a mask. Unless you are driving a taxi that does not make sense.

    I would only suggest wearing a mask while out in public shopping such as a grocery store to protect others from your micro spit lauched from our mouths.

    But too often the mask may give the person a false sense of security. Because of the days when I wore a facemask during surgeries the first thing I did when exiting the surgery is to fling that mask off and rub my face with my hand.
    People who've never worn masks might not realize that unless they are really fitted, you wind up touching them to reposition and to just get relief from them. They can be stifling.
    I'm all for covering up in public to protect others. But the risk is that sick people will go out thinking they're not infecting others, and people who don't think or know they're sick will put themselves and others at risk.
    As Birx says, our best tool right now is to stay home.
    Giving the green light to wearing masks will have to come with a lot of caveats and warnings. I'm afraid too many people are too stupid and/or selfish to fully understand.

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    Re: Mask

    Quote Originally Posted by swing_voter View Post
    If wearing a mask increases the likelihood you get infected, how is that working?

    It looks like it's a wash at best.
    My sense is that it would be a wash, given all the factors. If you're not wearing a properly-fitted N-95 (or equivalent) mask, you are not protected by wearing a mask.

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    Re: Mask

    Quote Originally Posted by Acadia View Post
    My sense is that it would be a wash, given all the factors. If you're not wearing a properly-fitted N-95 (or equivalent) mask, you are not protected by wearing a mask.
    The goal of the mask isn't to protect the healthy person. It's to stop the sick people from spreading it.

    People who get the virus are contagious but asymptomatic for up to a week. They will be going out and infecting others. If everyone wore a mask, then the virus would spread more slowly.
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    Re: Mask

    Quote Originally Posted by eman623 View Post
    The goal of the mask isn't to protect the healthy person. It's to stop the sick people from spreading it.

    People who get the virus are contagious but asymptomatic for up to a week. They will be going out and infecting others. If everyone wore a mask, then the virus would spread more slowly.
    I tend to agree. But what masks? Will everyone wear effective masks? N-95 masks are now relegated for healthcare professionals. Other masks might mitigate, but not prevent an infected person from spreading the virus.

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    Re: Mask

    This assumes masks are responsible for the results seen on the graph. Many other factors are involved.

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    Re: Mask

    Quote Originally Posted by Acadia View Post
    I tend to agree. But what masks? Will everyone wear effective masks? N-95 masks are now relegated for healthcare professionals. Other masks might mitigate, but not prevent an infected person from spreading the virus.
    Don't let the perfect become the enemy of the good. An N95 mask is best. But even a homemade mask is better than nothing. Even tying a bandana over your mouth and nose will help.

    In my post #15, I reposted a Youtube video showing how to make a mask from a bandana and two large rubber bands.
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    Re: Mask

    Quote Originally Posted by Acadia View Post
    This assumes masks are responsible for the results seen on the graph. Many other factors are involved.
    No one is suggesting masks are a silver bullet. But along with hand-washing and physical distancing they are an important part of an overall CV19 defense.

    The big difference is that the masks only work when everyone wears them.
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