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Old 02-01-2020, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Where I am now, and we only have one confirmed case in the city.
Drugstores are selling one piece of single-use mask for $10. A box of 50 generic masks normally $10 is now going for $60.
wow, I guess the companies know how to make money on panic reactions don't they?
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Old 02-01-2020, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsan...ng-coronavirus

"MacIntyre's research has shown that N95 respirators offer far superior protection. But in one study, she did find that family members who wore surgical masks when caring for a sick child at home had a lower risk of getting infected. But the benefit only occurred if people wore the masks 'all the time when you are in the same room as the infected person,' MacIntyre says — something many families in the study found difficult to do. 'But if they did wear it, yes, they got protection.'"

"Experts note that how you remove a mask — be it a surgical mask or an N95 respirator — is also important. If you touch the front when taking it off, you could end up contaminating yourself."

"Sexton says wearing a surgical mask is a good idea if you have a respiratory illness and need to see the doctor. But that's really so you won't infect other people."

"Some infectious disease experts have also suggested that wearing a face mask may have some value if it keeps you from touching your face and nose."

The article concludes with wash your hands and get a flu shot.
For us, that is the advise we follow from start to finish: wash hands and be sure to get a flu shot. I don't know there is really much else that will work and remember everyone, thank God, at this stage we really are not facing a huge outbreak here in our country!!
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Old 02-01-2020, 02:34 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I know there was a guy on the tv last night from the cdc saying that it is not sweeping our country and is not a public health outbreak at this point . I hope it never does become a public health outbreak ..
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Old 02-01-2020, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Those cheap masks don't protect against anything! Stop freaking out people! Just take normal measures, wash your hands, etc.
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Old 02-01-2020, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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Those cheap masks don't protect against anything! Stop freaking out people! Just take normal measures, wash your hands, etc.
But how can they sell masks and other things for an increased price if they do not freak people out first?

Yup new viruses sadly mean money to some.
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Old 02-01-2020, 04:10 PM
 
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wow, I guess the companies know how to make money on panic reactions don't they?
$20 a piece for a surgical mask (mislabeled as N95) for the gullible consumers
https://www.narcity.com/u/2020/01/31...g_1200x630.jpg
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Old 02-01-2020, 05:49 PM
 
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https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsan...=pocket-newtab
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Old 02-01-2020, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Kirkland, WA (Metro Seattle)
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A coworker who is a Chinese immigrant told me the other day that this is the point of wearing them. Which a lot of people don't seem to get - it's all about thinking of how to protect themselves, not other people who might be vulnerable.
Definitely highlights a difference in thinking between some Asian societies and the West. A downside of Capitalism, perhaps, our self-centeredness....or merely a cultural difference from far longer ago than political systems.

I know little of Japanese culture, in a related note, but do know that when I was in college (1980s) my exchange student friend Jiro from Japan loved our country so he could be a fat lazy slob. He surely was that, but we dug him because he always had beer. He was Physics, I was another STEM, he and some other guys and I had a rental house a couple years. One day he told me pretty much that in Japan, they'd ostracize that kind of non-conformist behavior, that fitting in was the expectation and thinking of others. Can't answer to how that is today, but makes sense.
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Old 02-01-2020, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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How did Japanese culture come into this?
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Old 02-01-2020, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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If face masks didn't work, doctors would not wear them. N95 would be better than nothing.
Doctors wear them so they don't cough in an open chest cavity they are working on.
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