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OT: When you go out, are you wearing a mask?

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When you go out, are you wearing a mask?

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  1. Ross12

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    This is a question I am interested in. Potentially many people of unknown cleanliness have handled your mail's exterior, the food items at your local grocer, etc before they get to you. I am unclear on this thing's ability to live on surfaces, and also the shelf-life that it lives on those surfaces. For instance, maybe my mail was handled by a bunch of rando's but since 6 AM every day it's only been handled by my mailman, and then it sits in my box for a while til I grab it around 4:30. Feel like it's unlikely that even if my mailman coughed directly on my mail that morning, that it would still be sitting and waiting to infect me on my envelope 10+ hours later. But these are all guesses by me and I'd love to be informed if I am wrong, genuinely don't know.
     
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    Well, we have research that at *room temp* they can “detect” the stuff on cardboard for a day and plastic/stainless for 3 days, and in copper for 4 hours.

    However, just because it is detectable doesn’t mean what’s there can infect you. So the “worry about” time is probably less than that.

    On the flip side, at less than room temp it stays detectable longer, which means the “worry about” is also longer at less than room temp.
     
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    And it can likely “live” on all services since it’s not really alive. It just sits there until something (which can be the properties of the surface) disrupts the lipid membrane that holds it together.
     
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    I just told my wife we need to start wearing a mask if going to the grocery store.
     
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    They seemed like a good idea at the time :(
     
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    I have never used hand sanitizer in my 63 years and nothing has changed in the last few weeks.

    A mask? Are you joking?
     
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    Please read an article in The Washington Post, by Joseph G. Allen, a professor at Harvard's School of Public Health. He addresses concerns about grocery shopping, receipt of mail, etc.
    Bottom line, some risk, but very small if you follow simple procedures of washing hands, not touching your face, etc.
     
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    No. Because a mask stops you sharing your germs. It doesn’t stop you from catching germs from other people. So as long and I’m healthy there’s no point to wearing a mask. And if/when I’m not healthy I’m not going out.
     
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    Without a test, or 100% isolation for 2 weeks, there is no way to know that you are healthy.
     
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    Problem is with this that you don’t know (at first) that you’re not healthy. So you feel fine and then you happen to sneeze or cough (not necessarily because of coronavirus — just one of those random sneezes or coughs we all have) and congratulations — you probably contaminated a surface and/or may have infected someone. If you were wearing a mask, a rather lower chance of doing so.

    Really, when people are out in public, especially in an enclosed area, they should behave as if they are infected.
     
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    yes, those who wear masks are protecting others, not themselves. That is why almost any kind of mask will do.
     
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    Everything I’ve read says a mask won’t help anyone from contracting the virus. So that’s sounds right
     
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    That bothers me, but it’s true.
     
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    PERSON 1
    wear a mask, and cough

    PERSON 2
    don't wear a mask and cough into the air
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    Are your really saying that there is no difference in danger to folks being within a foot of this person when he coughs? Really?
     
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    I don’t wear anything. Of I get it, I get it. I sometimes suspect I already did but who the bleep knows. Those that have, those that will. Thats about all there is to it, and the whole social distancing stuff is just to try and keep the healthcare system from being overwhelmed. Make no mistake, near everyone at some point will get it.
     
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    I think a LOT has changed in the past few weeks, but it sounds like you may not have adapted to those changes.
     
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    so...we're all supposed to join Antifa now?

    interdasting...
     
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    I agree that wearing a plain surgical mask doesn't do much to filter anything you are breathing but a properly fitted N100 mask will do and that's what I'm talking about. First, they don't want you to go out and buy them so they're not going to recommend them. Second, if they didn't work, drs and nurses wouldn't wear them. Again, not some piece of cloth but a properly fitted N95/99/100 mask.
     
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    Nah you can only do that if you're a drug dealer and/or adjunct professor, it's a very exclusive club
     
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    Your post infuriates me.

    There is no perfect way to prevent transmission, but every little thing we do, does help. The more each one of us does, even if just washing hands, wiping down surfaces, wearing a mask (which does decrease the chances of transmission), using hand sanitizer, maintaining as much social distance as possible, self-quarantining, the more we collectively contribute to slowing down this pandemic and wiping it out.

    It all adds up.
     
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