Wearing a mask won't protect you from the coronavirus - WHO

Nerfherder

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True, you have to put off the "stupid switch" as an adult.
Not stupid - people just don't understand how these things work. Most people are thinking of this virus as an airborn pathogen.

If someone with covid-19 coughs in your face and you have an n95 mask on then the virus will sit on that mask (and the rest of your face). You will most likely get infected via your eyes.
Lets say you had some kind of eye protection on, you would then have to go straight to the shower and take off the eye protection and then the mask an discard them (or drop them in some kind of sterilisation chamber). Then without touching your eyes or mouth wash your face and hands with running water and soap.

If you don't treat every potential infection like this then the mask was useless. Much like wearing the same condom all day with multiple partners.
 

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They did not say "Wearing a mask won't protect you from the coronavirus"
They said "there is no evidence that wearing a mask protects you from contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus"

The WHO also don't recognise Taiwan, so they don't recognise their medical studies.
Here's an interesting read:


edit: sorry, trying to throw in both sides of the story to prove there is no real studies done.
 

Mirai

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Not stupid - people just don't understand how these things work. Most people are thinking of this virus as an airborn pathogen.

If someone with covid-19 coughs in your face and you have an n95 mask on then the virus will sit on that mask (and the rest of your face). You will most likely get infected via your eyes.
Lets say you had some kind of eye protection on, you would then have to go straight to the shower and take off the eye protection and then the mask an discard them (or drop them in some kind of sterilisation chamber). Then without touching your eyes or mouth wash your face and hands with running water and soap.

If you don't treat every potential infection like this then the mask was useless. Much like wearing the same condom all day with multiple partners.
To get infected you need enough of an inoculate. Yes if someone sneezes or coughs directly on you then there could be enough to enter via the mucous membranes of your eyes if you have an N95 or equivalent. Otherwise it's through rubbing your eyes (inside of nose and mouth) with hands which have picked up the virus in droplets which fell to the ground or the counter top or through handling contaminated objects - keypad. I agree that you should shower if someone coughs or sneezes on you, I do that after I return home regardless. The virus can also be spread feco-orally which means from toilet taps, handles, lids etc. So wash hands well after touching anything in a public restroom.

In enclosed spaces with little air flow the virus can be temporarily airborne. So if you're in a room where someone with COVID-19 was coughing or even talking loudly (say 3-4 hours ago) it's possible to inhale virus particles depending on room size and number of particles they released. Good ventilation prevents that i.e. OPEN WINDOWS. Giving masks to sick people will also help limit that. On the other hand dry mopping such a floor can possibly allow viral particles to also enter the local atmosphere and cause infection. Wet mopping should be done by cleaning staff and no fan drying.

Most people however catch the bug through hand contact with contaminated object or surface or person and then to the mouth, nose or eye (or other mucosal surface - eg genital).
 

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With respect to a virus, wrapping any old shiat around your face is like trying to catch a neutrino with a tennis racket. Makes you look like an idjit and achieves nothing other than making people avoid you because who wants to socialise with an idjit.

Masks require that you equip and remove them with your hands, unless you're capable of using your feet.

tl;dr: Wash your sodding hands. Right?
 

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With respect to a virus, wrapping any old shiat around your face is like trying to catch a neutrino with a tennis racket. Makes you look like an idjit and achieves nothing other than making people avoid you because who wants to socialise with an idjit.

Masks require that you equip and remove them with your hands, unless you're capable of using your feet.

tl;dr: Wash your sodding hands. Right?
Yep you wash hands before removing them and after discarding them (again). Masks may help because they reduce the amount of fluid leaving your mouth and nose and also the amount entering it. The main effect is reducing the amount of mucus and saliva exiting your airways and so the amount of virus. It's better than nothing. It's only one of many things one should do.

1. If sick, stay at home. Unless so sick (short of breath, unable to eat, unable to drink etc), then seek medical attention.
2. Keep distance from others.
3. Ventilate if possible.
4. Wash hands and don't touch face.
5. If you really have to chat to your buddy while shopping, do so outside and with the right distance.
6. Cough or sneeze into tissue or elbow. A mask also helps here.
 

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doctors going in and out of operating theaters will also disagree.
the mask is there to protect both parties - same applies to gloves
One of the differences between an N95 mask and a surgical mask:
 

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They should just shutdown WHO - these idiots should have warned abou this pandemic when it originated in China
 

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I don't believe anything anyone says and I sleep much better at night knowing the entire planet is lying to me.

It just removes all doubt and uncertainty.
 

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Wearing a mask won't protect you from the coronavirus - WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has once again said there is no evidence that wearing a mask protects you from contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus, but it supports the decisions of governments who recommend the practice.

It did state, however, that masks assist in reducing the spread of COVID-19 when worn by those displaying symptoms of the virus.
Now I am totally confused, this is now the x-bumber of versions. I'll wait for the president to clear this out.
 

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but it could protect others, since you can spread the love without showing symptoms. in effect protecting yourself from someone else not knowing if their infected if everyone wears a mask. mask herd protection. no mask, dont cough near me, you must far cough from here.
 

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A mask and glasses will protect me from corona virus if someone with the virus sneezes in my face.
Voetzek with your nonsense reporting.
Absolutely !!! Why do medical staff wear them then ? If you put me in a house and dont allow me outside ... is that not a BIG MASK ?? Love the word...... TSEK ........with this nonsense. :)
 

Jaaks

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Answer me this simple question? Why do all health care workers and pharmacy people and other educated people then wear masks?
#Masks4All
 

konfab

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With respect to a virus, wrapping any old shiat around your face is like trying to catch a neutrino with a tennis racket. Makes you look like an idjit and achieves nothing other than making people avoid you because who wants to socialise with an idjit.

Masks require that you equip and remove them with your hands, unless you're capable of using your feet.

tl;dr: Wash your sodding hands. Right?
1) The virus isn't transmitted via the skin, so you can quite safely take off a mask with your hands, so long as you wash your hands after you do it.
2) The masks4all thing isn't about eliminating transmission. It is about reducing it.
 

jaco45

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What a load of nonsense. If it is true then why does doctors and medical staff working with Corona patients wear them?
 

Mirai

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1) The virus isn't transmitted via the skin, so you can quite safely take off a mask with your hands, so long as you wash your hands after you do it.
2) The masks4all thing isn't about eliminating transmission. It is about reducing it.
Wash hands before taking off mask as well. You may want to re-use the mask and you may end up touching your face too. Virus is not shed by peoples' skin but it can be transmitted by touching objects contaminated with it and that's where the skin comes in.
 
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