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Old 03-20-2020, 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by davidm View Post
Fair enough. I used the wrong terminology. I should have said "face masks", and if Wesley Clark is correct then maybe this isn't a workable idea.

Maybe for the people who care for infected persons, it's better than the alternative of no mask?
We already know (from Chinese hospital experience) that ordinary surgical masks and gloves don't prevent all infection, and do prevent some infection.

Certainly for people who have contact with infected persons, a face mask on the infected person is better than no face mask on the infected person. It doesn't even have to be very good -- for nose and throat droplets, a loose fitting close-weave cloth makes a huge difference. The question is, for regular repeated contact, how long will you last before you get infected anyway?