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Sat Mar 28, 2020, 01:35 PM

95. There is an article in today's NYT that appears to back up the tweet.

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Going by the article, what is being suggested is a "defense in dept" approach against Covid-19:

"But studies of influenza pandemics have shown that when high-grade N95 masks are not available, surgical masks do protect people a bit more than not wearing masks at all. And when masks are combined with hand hygiene, they help reduce the transmission of infections.

"When researchers conducted systematic review of a variety of interventions used during the SARS outbreak in 2003, they found that washing hands more than 10 times daily was 55 percent effective in stopping virus transmission, while wearing a mask was actually more effective at about 68 percent. Wearing gloves offered about the same amount of protection as frequent hand-washing, and combining all measures hand-washing, masks, gloves and a protective gown increased the intervention effectiveness to 91 percent.
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The thought behind this appears to be sound. However - as many people have noted - we have a shortage in masks already. And while one can make a mask, it seems that quite a few of the instructional videos on this require a sewing machine - an item most people do not currently own.

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