Apparently CDC recommends not wearing mask
CDC does not currently recommend the use of facemasks to help prevent novel #coronavirus. Take everyday preventive actions, like staying home when you are sick and washing hands with soap and water, to help slow the spread of respiratory illness. #COVID19 https://t.co/uArGZTJhXj https://t.co/yzWTSgt2IV
I love the first comment!
And there are many more expressing the same sentiment. The CDC and US government has lost the trust of the American people.
I voted for Trump in 2016. I won’t be this year. I will vote Libertarian if there is a candidate… despite the reality that they won’t win.
Trump lost my trust based on doing nothing on 2nd Amendment protections, illegal immigration and now COVID-19.
If the CDC were being honest, here’s what they’d say about face masks.
“Face masks are totally helpful, of course, and everybody knows that intuitively because it’s just stupidly obvious. However, they work best if everybody is wearing them, especially when people can be asymptomatic carriers. It’s bad advice, really bad advice, under that circumstance to suggest that only obviously ill people should wear them and stay at home. Especially with a super-bug with an R0 of between 4 and 7.
However, we royally screwed up and forgot to stock up on masks or even assure that we had a robust domestic mask industry. We in the government were too busy taking high def screen shots of granny at the airport to remember to actually fund the real risks in life.
Oops. Our bad.
Now that we’re here, we really think that the face masks we happen to have need to be saved for the actual front line health care workers. It’s just triage, and that’s sensible. What isn’t sensible is that we forgot to stock up.
At any rate, here we are. So we’re going to tell you face masks don’t really do anything so that you won’t buy them so we can have more for health care workers.
We hope you understand. Peace out.”
P.S. You can totally trust us now. We’ve got it. We’re going to magically transition from being spineless political animals who couldn’t argue for face masks in the budget last year into the medical super-heroes you see in the Hollywood blockbusters about diseases and such. Totally.
Postmaster has the CDC recommendations list posted in her office. Said the USPS bosses said to not wear a mask. Glad I don’t work there. Planing only minimal future visits.
Flew from SJC to DEN today, wearing a N99 respirator and gloves. I wanted to read, so I wore my readers and not goggles. Thus, my risk reduction was good, but not as complete as it could have been, to be candid.
I saw only one N9X respirator wearer, one surgical mask wearer and one stylish cloth scarf worn over a face walking by me at SJC before I queued for my flight. No one else on my flight, a very full 737, was wearing a mask. Saw no one in the DEN airport with a mask. Once I was on DEN’s subway to the main terminal, people stood away from me. Should I view this as a feature or bug?
My expectations were low, but really I thought I would see at least a few more masks than I did.
Conformists/Authoritarians a plenty it seems.
People are more afraid of how they look than staying safe.
My thought is this: When I wear a mask I am trying to lead by example. Hopefully a few will follow your lead. Someone has to be the early adopter here.
I don’t care what people think either. That is part of what it will take to survive this.
In Norway the black plague killed over 50% of the population. Those that survived did so by being clean and taking steps to change. One example that is still visible today if you visit there: on farms with old buildings the place where food was stored was always a small shack/cabin that was on stilts and had no steps directly connected to it. There was always a step missing creating a gap that mice/rats could not cross. When I was there in college a girlfriend I had there said the reason people there were such cleanfreaks was because only the clean ones or germophobes survived the plague.
I am flying tomorrow, the journey will be about 9 hours in total. I’m having a hard time imagining how I can practically keep a mask on my face that whole time. It’s going to get wet and uncomfortable. Can I take it off to eat and drink?
I wasn’t able to secure good goggles in time, but my sunglasses fit quite close to my face. Do you think that will be good enough? I considered gluing foam around the frames, but then they’ll fog up and stop being practical as actual sunglasses, which I will need when I get to my destination.
I’m quite convinced that I will be the only person wearing a mask on the flight. I am going to Hawaii…anyone dumb enough to go on vacation right now certainly isn’t thinking about the corona virus! Except me. I’ve taken this so seriously, but I wasn’t able to be strong enough in my convictions to cancel when my friends didn’t understand the big picture. They pressured me to go anyway. I brought up the idea of cancelling back when that Japanese tourist was found to be infected. But back then the big world outbreak wasn’t known, so I couldn’t know for sure how risky it would be. Money would be lost if we cancelled flights and what not.
I am going to try to not fret the whole time I am there, but I’ll feel pretty vulnerable when we are around other tourists and such. My friends probably will not be as strict with disinfecting surfaces or not talking too close to our food, etc.
Would it be the right thing to do to isolate myself for a month when I get home? I work from home and can do it, theoretically. But what a pain in the ass.
Follow your gut, don’t let yourself bend to the opinions of others!
I wanted to add,
Preparing for the Apocalypse at the same time as preparing for a beach vacation feels very confusing!
I am going to have to search down that first commenter just to like that response it is perfect.
I just saw this here, because I’m not on Twitter. Aaron Day is a friend of mine, he ran for Governor of NH under the L ticket and is an awesome guy 🙂