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Coronavirus questions answered: Should
you wear a mask at the grocery store?

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Posted By: Harlowe, 3/20/2020 2:11:09 AM

Fox News medical correspondent Dr. Marc Siegel answered your questions about the coronavirus pandemic on “Fox & Friends” on Thursday. Question: How safe is it when I am grocery-shopping to not have a mask? Someone could have just coughed or sneezed before I got there? The question comes as a new study suggests that the novel coronavirus can remain in the air for up to three hours, and live on surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to three days.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: ladydawgfan 3/20/2020 2:19:09 AM (No. 351647)
I wear surgical gloves and wipe down my cart with Clorox wipes as well. Before this, I never bothered with such measures. Now, with two elderly parents in my home, I wouldn't even think of NOT doing them. And they stay on through the end of my purchase. You have NO idea of how filthy those touch screens at the registers are or how many germy fingers have touched them.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Sorosisbehindit 3/20/2020 2:24:36 AM (No. 351648)
In this article the doctor that Fox put on air says it can "live on surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to three days". But I have seen a report by a doctor from Japan who went to Wuhan to study the virus who said, "When the virus is found on metal surfaces, it survives for about 12 hours." How are we to know what is crisis hype and what is real science?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: anonymous 3/20/2020 3:03:29 AM (No. 351660)
I don't wear a mask anywhere unless there's a dust risk.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: anniebc 3/20/2020 3:15:06 AM (No. 351663)
Grocery carts and other public surfaces didn't just become germ beds. I'm a germaphobe and I have always wiped down carts and keep hand sanitizer in my car that I use after every public place I visit. People who know me have always made jokes about it, but they're not laughing at me now. My point is all the things people are afraid to touch now have always been nasty and had the potential to make them sick. The virus that obama "let" get out of control did more damage, but most people weren't "scared" into making changes like they've made for this virus. The current CV-19 deaths were lower than obama's virus before we stopped life as we know it, and still are. There's something going on here; this panic and restriction of normalcy doesn't make sense. Politicians are selling off stocks and making money while regular folks are losing money, keeping their own businesses open and operating while shutting down others. They're spending taxpayer money like they're smoking marijuana and coming up with crazy ways to break the national bank. Where are the sane politicians? Why are they quiet? Why is everyone going along with this?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: greyseal 3/20/2020 8:25:30 AM (No. 351841)
#4 - this is being hyped by the media and fed by foreign money and Chinese influence. If conservative politicians aren't seen as doing something, the media and the Dems will tear them a new one and use this "crisis" to railroad them out of office so their Manchurian candidates can do more and worse to us. RINO's like Burr are lining their pockets at our expense, using insider info to dump their stocks days before the market crashed while we watch our portfolios lose as much as 30% over the last few weeks. At this point, I'm not sure what it all looks like once we come out the other side... greyseal
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Reply 6 - Posted by: bgarrett 3/20/2020 9:02:44 AM (No. 351910)
I went to the pharmacy yesterday and NONE of the pharmacy employees are wearing masks or gloves. Doesnt that answer your question?
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Strike3 3/20/2020 9:16:27 AM (No. 351929)
Fox news has turned into fake news. Use your own judgement. The indoor air has already been recirculated several times in three hours and most masks will not stop a virus anyway. I don't know about most stores but Walmart has hand sanitizer at every checkout station and as a result, the buttons on the card processor are probably cleaner than most people's hands.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Sunhan65 3/20/2020 9:29:20 AM (No. 351946)
I had trouble understanding this Doctor's answers, to be honest. He's not very clear. When I lived in China, flus were constant fact of life. We got sick a lot. One of the things that seemed to help was the local practice of wearing a simple cotton mask when out in public. I got sick less often when I wore the mask more. The doctor in this article says it doesn't help. My experience was different. It's up to you to decide.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: DVC 3/20/2020 11:46:52 AM (No. 352103)
Numerous docs have said that this is irrelevant, and I don't doubt it. I was shopping to day. When I got to the car, I sprayed alcohol on my hands and cleaned them. Cleaned the steering wheel and door handle. Washed my hand thoroughly when I got home. That's my routine. Choose your own.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: nelsonted1 3/20/2020 12:16:55 PM (No. 352150)
This mask business misses something important. Does it help if YOU are sick and wear the mask to keep YOUR sneezing and coughing from infecting others. If you are sick and have to go out wouldn't it be reasonable that a mask would help others?
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Reply 11 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 3/21/2020 1:43:07 AM (No. 352758)
You needed a mask and gloves before the virus. When a woman went to the bakery to get a free cookie for her toddler. I noticed the child had a red mark under her eye. The mother said She has an eye infection. Dear G-d. I asked the employee if she had any wipes for the mother (they all seemed to have disappeared in the crisis) She wet a paper towel and I asked the mother to wipe the cart handle. Another feral scratched his nether regions and used the keypad at the register. So yes, I wear a mask and gloves to protect me.
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