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Thu Jun 11, 2020, 11:08 PM

Study: 100% face mask use could crush second, third COVID-19 wave

We've all heard it many times: Wear a face covering — indoors, outdoors, on trains and buses. At work, in the supermarket and at church.

But now a new modeling study out of Cambridge and Greenwich universities suggests that face masks may be even more important than originally thought in preventing future outbreaks of the new coronavirus.

To ward off resurgences, the reproduction number for the virus (the average number of people who will contract it from one infected person) needs to drop below 1.0. Researchers don’t believe that’s achievable with lockdowns alone. However, a combination of lockdowns and widespread mask compliance might do the trick, they say.

“We show that, when face masks are used by the public all the time (not just from when symptoms first appear), the effective reproduction number, Re, can be decreased below 1, leading to the mitigation of epidemic spread,” the scientists wrote in the paper published Wednesday by the Proceedings of the Royal Society A.

https://www.sfgate.com/science/amp/Study-100-face-mask-use-could-crush-second-15333170.php

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Response to JonLP24 (Original post)

Thu Jun 11, 2020, 11:16 PM

1. hmmmm, then there is hope because one asshole who lives at 1600 pennsylvania ave

refuses to wear one


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Response to still_one (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 12, 2020, 12:24 AM

3. Unfortunately wearing one only helps others, not so much yourself.

 

Those of us people wearing the masks are actually protecting many Covidiots.

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 12, 2020, 12:32 AM

4. A number of studies show that wearing a mask is effective in protecting the wearer

"Surgical masks as good as respirators for flu and respiratory virus protection
by UT Southwestern Medical Center"

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-09-surgical-masks-good-respirators-flu.html

"“Yes, a surgical mask can help prevent the flu,” Sherif Mossad, MD, an infectious disease specialist at the Cleveland Clinic, tells Health. “Flu is carried in air droplets, so a mask would mechanically prevent the flu virus from reaching other people.” It would work both ways, says Dr. Mossad, preventing transmission of the flu virus to others and for keeping a mask-wearer from picking up an infection.

Surgical masks to prevent the flu can be found in major drugstores and online, and yours doesn't need to be fancy to help. “A simple disposable mask is fine, just be sure the packaging notes that it protects against airborne particles,” Susan Besser, MD, a family medicine doctor with Mercy Personal Physicians at Overlea in Baltimore, Maryland tells Health. And splurge for a value-sized pack. “Disposable is best and you should discard your mask after each use,” says Dr. Besser. “If a mask gets wet—and it will by simply breathing into it—the effectiveness of its protective effect is reduced.”"

https://www.health.com/condition/cold-flu-sinus/surgical-mask-flu-prevention

"One study shows that when there's a sick family member in the house, other family members could cut their risk of getting sick by 60% to 80% by using face masks consistently and correctly -- in combination with frequent hand washing and avoiding close contact with the sick person."

https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/features/swine-flu-h1n1-and-face-masks#1

"Donning a face mask — either a surgical mask or a P2/N95 respirator mask (high particulate filter mask) — boosts protection from severe respiratory illnesses such as influenza and SARS, say researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). These masks are not necessarily the same as the dust masks that some people use when cleaning or doing construction work.

In the study, adult mask wearers in the home were four times more likely than non-wearers to be protected against respiratory viruses, including the common cold."

https://www.livescience.com/7661-masks-protect-colds-flu.html

"Not so for the World Health Organization or the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

They collectively recommended regular surgical masks except in high risk circumstances, such as during open suctioning of airway secretions and other procedures that could "aerosolize" the H1N1 virus."

https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/infectioncontrol/16278"

"According to a study published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, families with kids who had flu-like symptoms and used the masks properly were 80% less likely to be diagnosed with the same thing.

Another study looked at 400 people who had the flu found that family members who wore a surgical mask and washed their hands reduced their chance of getting the flu by 70%.

“Individual brands of masks and that sort of thing hasn't been studied, but the few studies that have looked at them do have an effect – in some studies, up to 50 to 80% reduction in transmission,” UW virology expert Alex Greninger said. “They seem to stop large droplets, and I think the other key thing to mention with masks is that it really depends on what you're willing to wear.”

Coronavirus is most commonly spread through the air by coughing or sneezing or though close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

While masks do seem promising, it's also important to utilize other preventive measures. Make sure you wash your hands often during flu season, especially if you're around others who may be sick. Also, be sure to get your annual flu shot to protect yourself and others from spreading the virus."

https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/surgical-mask-effectiveness/281-9c762e52-c2ec-4dec-b5f3-77ee833fca1e

"At the start of flu season in the last two years, participants were randomly assigned to six weeks of wearing a standard medical procedure mask alone, mask use and hand sanitizer use, or a control group with no intervention. Researchers followed students for incidence of influenza like illness symptoms, defined as cough with at least one other characteristic symptom such as fever, chills or body aches, Monto said.

From the third week on, both the mask only and mask/hand sanitizer interventions showed a significant or nearly significant reduction in the rate of influenza-like illness symptoms in comparison to the control group. The observed reduction in rate of flu-like symptoms remained even after adjusting for gender, race/ethnicity, hand washing practices, sleep quality, and flu vaccination."

https://news.umich.edu/masks-hand-washing-prevent-spread-of-flu-like-symptoms-by-up-to-50-percent/

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 12, 2020, 07:19 AM

6. nothing is 100%, but it makes sense that if someone coughs on someone wearing a mask, verse

someone not wearing a mask, the person wearing a mask has a better chance of not getting affected.

Also there have been studies that suggest that someone wearing a mask does offer some protection to the mask wearer



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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 12, 2020, 07:25 AM

7. Get an N95, it will protect you.

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 12, 2020, 03:40 PM

13. N95 and KN95 can protect you. Not 100% but they do offer some protection. Nt

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Response to JonLP24 (Original post)

Thu Jun 11, 2020, 11:36 PM

2. TY.. Kauai is Face Mask Island and we have

had no deaths, 20 cases, & 19 recovered so far.

https://www.kauai.gov/covid-19

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Response to Cha (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 12, 2020, 07:31 AM

8. So nice to hear. Smart people being smart of course.

When Georgia "opened" back in April, 60K people flooded in from surrounding states for haircuts and bowling fixes. And then returned home.

It didn't happen because we weren't an island. Smart people here hid, those who could.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #8)

Fri Jun 12, 2020, 03:38 PM

12. Aloha, Hortensis! Hopefully we can

keep going when it's time to open up & concentrate on receiving visitors to our Beautiful Island.. what we do best.

Best of Good Luck to you all in Georgia! So smart to hide out.. I know that feeling.

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Response to JonLP24 (Original post)

Fri Jun 12, 2020, 07:11 AM

5. If you like to say that All Lives Matter, then you should gladly wear a mask.

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Response to tanyev (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 12, 2020, 09:34 AM

10. +1

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Response to JonLP24 (Original post)

Fri Jun 12, 2020, 09:33 AM

9. I knew it!

I'm really pissed off that we were misled by those so-called experts who told us back in March that masks would do no good for the general public. I started making cloth masks for my family and myself back then, thinking that if they did no good, why would the doctors and nurses wear them???? Since then, I've made and given away well over 200 cloth masks. I put them out in a little box in front of my house with a sign that says, "FREE MASKS". I live in a 55 or older community, and I want my neighborhood to be healthy. My granddaughter, who is 17, has been making them also, and giving them away at the BLM rallies in Tacoma. Pictures are here:

https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/article243462686.html

Wear a mask, my friends. If you cannot find one to buy, pm me. I'll send you a couple.

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Response to JonLP24 (Original post)

Fri Jun 12, 2020, 10:26 AM

11. We will be lucky to get 25% here in KCMO.

Inkess the numbers start to skyrocket then people will start to be more careful.

In my county we have 173 cases and 3 deaths. About 70 of those cases were care homes.

St. Louis has way more cases than Kansas City area. I'm not sure why.

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