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Coronavirus: Why some countries
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Posted By: NorthernDog, 3/26/2020 1:01:12 PM

Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak some places have fully embraced wearing face masks, and anyone caught without one risks becoming a social pariah. But in many other parts of the world, from the UK and the US to Sydney and Singapore, it's still perfectly acceptable to walk around bare-faced. Why some countries embrace masks while others shun them is not just about government directives and medical advice - it's also about culture and history. But as this pandemic worsens, will this change? The official word on face masks Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the official advice from

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I have seen some Asian people wear face masks all the time.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: bgarrett 3/26/2020 1:07:26 PM (No. 358748)
No one at the pharmacy is wearing gloves or masks so I'm not eiither
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Reply 2 - Posted by: hurricanegirl 3/26/2020 1:24:12 PM (No. 358772)
I've read that wearing MOST types of face masks doesn't help. Is this correct or incorrect? If it's true, why bother?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: AltaD 3/26/2020 1:49:45 PM (No. 358808)
FTA: increasingly, experts are now questioning the official WHO advice. Imagine that, people are questioning WHO's advice that healthy people do not need to wear a face mask.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: bgarrett 3/26/2020 2:04:47 PM (No. 358827)
#2 The information I read was that the mask keeps YOUR germs contained but the infection enters your eyes, so the mask does not help you
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Reply 5 - Posted by: davew 3/26/2020 2:21:52 PM (No. 358851)
One defensive act that helps improve the benefits of social separation is to not move too quickly in group situations where you could occupy the same air space as someone else. Places like grocery store lines or lining up for services are demanding six feet of separation now but any droplets that someone in front of you might breathe out take a few moments in still air to fall to the ground. Its like landing a small aircraft behind a large commercial airliner. You need to let the swirling air settle below your face before going forward. Its a small thing but it gives you a little more security when you aren't wearing a mask.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird 3/26/2020 3:02:14 PM (No. 358890)
In China, face masks have been pretty common for some time. Was never sure what they were for although the dust from the Gobi is nasty and the air is quite polluted in many parts of China. Here in our community, where we are told the Chinese number 60%, we were seeing them in masks on the street and in shops long before anyone had ever heard of coronavirus. Fine with me. But we are told they do not protect against virus, but keep an infected person from spreading via coughs and sneezes.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: DVC 3/26/2020 3:30:04 PM (No. 358924)
I first knew that things were starting to go sideways was about 3 weeks ago when, in preparation for spring mowing season to start, I checked my N95 mask supply, which I wear when mowing, keeps down my allergies from the grass and dust. I was low, so went down to Home Depot to by a box.....none in stock. Came back a week later.....none in stock, asked the worker at paint, near the masks, he said "Corona virus". Geez, I want it for mowing. Went back a week later....the same guy is WEARING a mask and gloves to mix my paint order. Sigh, no masks in stock....which I just want for mowing. I'm not wearing one on the street, until I need full MOPP gear, which is unlikely unless we have a nerve gas attack.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: bad-hair 3/26/2020 3:43:16 PM (No. 358942)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Syndrome. Stick 'em Up.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: 4Justice 3/26/2020 4:13:40 PM (No. 358969)
Even our health care workers tell us to only wear a mask if you are sick. I have been watching Asians wearing them all the time for years. I will not wear one for the rest of my life.
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