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Sat May 23, 2020, 02:15 PM

Mayo Clinic on Face Masks

COVID-19: How much protection do face masks offer?
Get answers to your questions about face masks, including how to use them properly.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Can face masks help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? Yes, face masks combined with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing, help slow the spread of the disease.

So why weren't face masks recommended at the start of the pandemic? At that time, experts didn't yet know the extent to which people with COVID-19 could spread the virus before symptoms appeared. Nor was it known that some people have COVID-19 but don't have any symptoms. Both groups can unknowingly spread the virus to others.

These discoveries led the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to do an about-face on face masks. The CDC updated its guidance to recommend widespread use of simple cloth face coverings to help prevent transmission of COVID-19 by people who have the virus but don't know it.

Some public health groups argue that masks should be reserved for health care providers and point to the critical shortage of surgical masks and N95 masks. The CDC acknowledged this concern when it recommended cloth masks for the public and not the surgical and N95 masks needed by health care providers.

How do the different types of masks work?

More: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-mask/art-20485449

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Ms. Toad May 2020 #5
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RAB910 May 2020 #6

Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2020, 02:26 PM

1. They were clearly also worried about healthcare workers...

... not having masks, due to "panic shopping".

March 2nd article:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/03/02/n95-face-mask-coronavirus/

Edit: And they surely knew about asymptomatic spreaders back then, since I knew about it before it even reached the USA after reading about it in other countries.

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Response to Buckeye_Democrat (Reply #1)

Sat May 23, 2020, 02:53 PM

2. Right. From what I remember it was the desperate need for masks to go to medical and they

didn't put much stop in homemade. Homemade may not be as good but it is better than nothing and ways to strengthen effectiveness. But I think that is what that was about and it was still a lie. They could have told us to cover face in whatever manner.

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Response to LizBeth (Reply #2)

Sat May 23, 2020, 02:56 PM

3. Yeah, that would've been better.

Put a little more faith in people to do the right thing. Cover yourself with just about anything, but the high-grade masks must go to our healthcare workers.

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Response to Buckeye_Democrat (Reply #1)

Sat May 23, 2020, 03:13 PM

5. Yes - and that lie (however well-intended) is feeding the current bad practices.

I can't even begin to count the number of conversations I've had with people whose starting point is, "But the CDC told us the masks did not help - and they might even hurt. Now they are just saying to wear them to take away our rights."

And I can't even tell them with a straight face that the first declaration was the truth and that we have learned more since then.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2020, 02:59 PM

4. I was there 8 hours on the 19th.

For a barage of tests in Opthalmalogy before seeing my Doctor.

As I entered at the Gonda enterance, there were tables with people taking temperatures, asking a battery of questions before giving you a sticker clearing you to go further. Once I got up to the 7th floor, more questions asked. I was there from 7:30am, and left 3:45pm. I wore my mask the whole time.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2020, 03:30 PM

6. It's not that hard to find KN95 masks

They are not up to the N95 standard but it's the best protection you can get when you are around MAGAts that refuse to wear masks

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