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COVID-19: are you wearing a mask?

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by notafanofsugar, Apr 28, 2020.

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Are you wearing a mask when going out?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. Considering it

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    18.1%
  1. FantomPoet

    FantomPoet Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I am, although the UK GOV spin is that 'evidence is weak' a marginal gain is still a gain so anything against a Virus which kills must be worth it if it is practicable to do so.
     
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  2. Honeyend

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    Like all things you have to get used to them, I used to have to wear them for work, and after a couple of days you forget they are there.
    I made mine 3weeks ago, there studies as to which fabric is the most effective, but they all act as a barrier. I can not understand why the goverment hasn't endorsed them fully.
    There are any amount of youtube videos on how to make them, from the very simple to ones with Hepa filters.
     
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  3. NicoleC1971

    NicoleC1971 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My opinion is that widepread community infection is the only route out of this in tandem with shielding of the very vulnerable e.g. do wear a mask in an old people's home or better still pay carers to stay in. nyoone who feeels they are vulnerable could be supported by living alone with shopping being delivered.
    I understnad that you and many others believe that we should stop trnasmission as if like a storm of locusts, the infection will pass or we will be able to stop infection until a vaccine arrives but my point is that low risk people should be able to go out and acquire immunity whilst taking care NOT to infect their frail or elderly relatives and that as Sweden as done we should trust people to make sensible decisions on their own behalfs.
    My concern is about masks is that most people won't do the things you descibe or may be given a false sense of security and stop handwashing thus not making much aof an impact on coummunity spread overall.
    In the East it is a cultural norm to wear a mask - odes that mean they have any less sick days from corona viruses (colds) or flu?
    I am afraid of a situation when I make my own decision about this but get shamed or refused entry to a supermakert because I don't choose to wear a mask at the present time.
     
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  4. NicoleC1971

    NicoleC1971 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    If you feel that you need to self isolate and are therefore afraid of this virus then it makes sense ot isolate AND wear a mask. i am type 1 but otherwise helathy and I would not visit you if I knew you were self isolating.
    In the past we did have infectious diseases that were much more dangerous and debilitating with little knowledge of how to prevent infection or treat those diseases. Better hygiene, better diets, mass vaccination and antibiotics have seen many of those threats off in the developed world but there will always be new viuses arising so even if we do get a vaccine to this one, like the flu, it will evlolve each year thus making vaccination no guarantee of safety psarticularly amongs those that are metabolically compromised.
    I feel that oneonf the learnings from this crisis is the need to make our 'herd metabolically healthier so that getting infected isn't such a risk for those people.
     
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  5. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Not at the same time surely?
     
  6. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    Why not?
     
  7. hankjam

    hankjam Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    As I understand it the status of antibodies, their lifespan and their ability to help resist a second infection is not at all well understood, which makes the herd immunity suggestion a little premature.
     
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  8. JoKalsbeek

    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Not yet, but then, I don't get out much. I have a few at home and I intend to get a couple that can be washed next week, for myself and my husband... The Netherlands has a "Nah, you don't need those" policy for now, but I have a feeling there'll be a hard core second wave here in a week or two. Some people stubbornly celebrated King's Day, and when Ikea reopened there were INSANE lines... I like Ikea, but I'm not going to kick the bucket for a few pieces of salmon. I'll stick with canned tuna for now! So yeah... I'll wear mine eventually, but as I don't get out much anyway... It'll be a while before I have need of one.
     
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  9. Brunneria

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    Please do not put words in my mouth, or assume that you know what I and others are thinking.
    The opinion you have just assigned to me is not one I hold, and it is not one that I have ever expressed on this forum, or elsewhere.

    It is perfectly plain from events starting in China, and echoing from country to country, that the virus is now worldwide and cannot be put back in a bottle like some genie. In addition, there is (as yet) no indication that a vaccine is even possible. They have been attempting to come up with a vaccine for the common cold (including coronavirus) for decades, and made no significant progress.

    When I replied to your earlier post I made 3 main points - that masks reduce the rate the virus is contracted, and then passed on - thus slowing infection. That wearing masks outside care situations helps reduce the spread to the carers who are currently taking COVID-19 into care homes and passing it on to the vulnerable. Also that asymptomatic carriers will not pass the virus so quickly if they wear masks.

    Those points still stand.

    If more people wore masks, there would be a slower, more controlled spread through the community, enabling the health system to cope better, and even more importantly, allowing the vulnerable to better avoid infection until such time as those around them are less likely to pass it to them.

    In addition, we are all keen to get the economy jump started as soon as possible, whether we are currently working or not, and whatever our financial situation. Wearing masks (sensibly) would enable the Lockdown to ease more quickly. Several countries are using this technique, progressing by slow steps towards a return to normal life. They have chosen to use masks to help this process, by specifying that masks are used in shops and when outside to reduce the chance of another surge in the infection rate.
     
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  10. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    Herd immunity is a concept that depends on a 95% uniform vaccination level that means throughout a population if any people even in small enclaves do not take up on the vaccination the concept of herd immunity disappears as has happened with measles.
     
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  11. DavidGrahamJones

    DavidGrahamJones Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    That shouldn't mean not bothering, although I have to admit with idiots like the governor of Florida I can see where you're coming from. People can learn to inject insulin, take their BG, even put a condom on (where did that come from LOL), and I think we can all learn how to put a mask on properly as well as continuing to wash our hands etc.
    Ron DeSantis' mask wearing etiquette leaves something to be desired.

    FloridaGov.jpeg
     
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  12. lucylocket61

    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    At this time there appears to be no immunity for those who have had it, rendering the idea herd immunity as rubbish.

    We also don't yet know how long someone who has had it is infectious,or ill with it.

    I am on week 4 of this and am still not completely well.
     
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    #92 lucylocket61, Apr 30, 2020 at 2:17 PM
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  13. agwagw

    agwagw LADA · Well-Known Member

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    I have self-isolated since the lock-down (village shop delivers, they are stars!) but if I went out to shops I would definitely wear a mask. I have some P3 masks for DIY which are very effective for very fine particles, I wore one when the plumber visited last week to fix the broken-down water heating. He wasn't wearing PPE but my wearing it got him to get some out of the van and put it on.

    IMHO wearing masks can only help - at least it stops one putting fingers on your mouth and nose if nothing else. At the same time I would wear disposable gloves if shopping / petrol pump use and take them off before removing the mask.
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    I don’t see that happening unless or until it becomes required or at the very least recommended. However the reason behind the negative response is not that you’ll be making choices for yourself to risk the virus but that if the logic behind wearing masks is that masks stops you spreading it (as opposed to catching it) therefore you could be seen as risking others by your choices.
     
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  16. lucylocket61

    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Why would someone choose not to wear a mask if the government told us to?

    With so many people who are asymptomatic, surely protecting others is something everyone wants to do, as we have no current way of knowing who is a carrier?
     
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  17. Mr_Pot

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    I ordered some masks from the company that @Bluetit1802 mentioned and for the same reason, to just have some ready in case I need them, currently I am just staying away from everyone. I notice that the company normally makes tights, in particular plus size ones, and they are giving away masks with orders for tights. No use to me, but might be of interest to some on here.
     
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  18. Peter03

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    Yes I have been wearing masks and making them then we send them to the local Marie and they send them of to the area department and then they will be given out to the people, also we can now buy then from our chemist
     
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  19. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    Lucy - I'm not picking an argument with you here, but for some people, being told to do x, y or z almost compels them not to do it, and do the opposite.

    It is my belief there are quite a few folks and families around the place who are having discrete gathering, one way oranother.

    Around these parts, I have certainly seen a number of groups out walking, albeit fairly well distanced, but a group of 6 or more all 2m+ apart, conversing isn't the most private thing!
     
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  20. Tipetoo

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    We have seen a similar thing here, people think the rules do not apply to them...
     
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