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March 27, 2020

Unmasked

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

Are we all wearing masks when we go grocery shopping? I know at first I side-eyed people who were wearing masks and gloves to shop but now I have fully joined in with the ultra-paranoid mask and glove wearing masses.

This is not to say that masks are a magic bullet but it is a way to help slow the spread if one must go out in public.

 

 

5 Comments »

  1. From Healthline:

    Surgical masks can’t protect against infection with SARS-CoV-2. Not only does the mask not filter out smaller aerosol particles, but air leakage also occurs through the sides of the mask as you inhale.

    N95 respirators can protect against smaller respiratory droplets, such as those containing SARS-CoV-2. However, the CDC currently doesn’t recommendTrusted Source their use outside of healthcare settings. There are a variety of reasons for this, including:

    N95 respirators should be fit-tested in order to be used appropriately. A poor seal can lead to leakage, lowering the respirator’s effectiveness.
    Due to their tight fit, N95 respirators can become uncomfortable and stuffy, making them difficult to wear for extended periods of time.
    Our worldwide supply of N95 respirators is limited, making it critical that healthcare workers and first responders have ready access to them.

    (Must be fake news)

    Comment by Nowyouknow — March 27, 2020 @ 7:55 am

  2. I think the main point in ordinary mortals wearing a mask is a reminder not to touch one’s face, something which I, apparently, badly need. For gloves, I’ve noticed that few people know how to remove them without contaminating the newly bare hand. One can Google “How to remove surgical gloves.” I went to the Post Office and bank ATM yesterday. Figuring out how to maneuver through those spaces without contaminating my hands, my PO Box key, my car keys, or the steering wheel, was quite a challenge (I probably failed). The main problem at the Post Office was the button for handicapped door opening was not working. At the ATM, I was able to push the buttons with a tissue, but could not operate the touch screen with a tissue between my finger and the touch screen.

    Comment by Tom Schweich — March 27, 2020 @ 8:39 am

  3. At the ATM, i spray the keyboard and wipe it with a clean paper towel, which i drop into a plastic veg bag, then i spray my hands, enter my numbers, collect my cash, card and receipt, which i put into another little plastic bag. Once home, i spray the card and wipe it down before restowing it in my purse, spread out the cash to air cure it for the “germs wont live on this kind of surface” time, and then stow it, too. Been doing this for four weeks and so far, so good. I don’t use a mask as I use oxygen and it doesn’t seal over the canula. I keep the 6 feet distance when i’m out and don’t even touch the others that live in my home. I go outside on short rides on my mobility cart for fresh air and sanity andctalk to neighbors and friends, but at a distance. Seems there is a lot of room between being totally paranoid about this germ and being foolish in higher risk situations.

    Comment by Kate Quick — March 27, 2020 @ 10:39 am

  4. A note to those of you using ATMs – I have noticed that some stores around town have now posted signs asking people to use credit or debit cards instead of cash if at all possible. Ideally a contactless credit card or payment system would be best, but barring that, I think it’s still safer for the store employees if people use plastic rather than cash. Cash is dirty even under non-pandemic circumstances!
    I’m self-employed and most of my clients pay me using PayPal or Venmo, but next time I get a check, I’m planning to install a check scanner on my phone so I won’t have to deposit them at the bank or ATM.

    Comment by trow125 — March 27, 2020 @ 12:35 pm

  5. USN Medical ship arrives in NYC

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EUX-5z-X0AAa2ot?format=jpg&name=large

    Comment by Nowyouknow — March 30, 2020 @ 11:29 am


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