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masks for all (US specific)

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So apparently the new Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a recommendation of wearing face masks (nose and mouth).  This is in contrast to their previous statement that masks were not recommended.  IT reportedly came in response to research that the virus can spread through talking, so someone who is asymptomatic but contagious could spread it to someone who is otherwise healthy.  Which is kinda scary. 

What are your thoughts?  Are you making a mask?  (they are severely cautioning against it being medical grade and saying that the limited supply of those have to go to medical professionals). 

I got one on etsy.  They're selling out quickly. 

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My best friend is an autistic microbiologist - I swear this is not the set-up of a joke. She has a special interest in viruses and works as a med tech, and is earnestly baffled by the mask recommendation. “But the virus is under five micron in size,” she says. Her way of saying cloth masks won’t stop it. I told her I liked the idea because making masks sounds like fun. She acknowledged that sometimes I am a very simple creature.

There are a lot of nifty mask patterns online. I might buy a sewing machine I’ve always meant to learn how to sew.

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I have to go to the store tomorrow. I'm going to tie a scarf over my nose and mouth. Maybe it won't do anything, but, whatever.

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The virus might be tiny but the water droplets that come out when we breathe and carry it are not, it seems like a great measure to help stop us accidentally giving it to anyone. It seems to be working well in S. Korea, they only had to shut down schools and entertainment events because they did masks, testing, and contact tracing so well.

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So I didn't catch that it's masks if you can't be six feet away from someone.  So situations like grocery or drug stores, food delivery, etc.  I thought it was an any time you're out in public.  (so i just made a "mask" out of my scarf for an outdoors walk.

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Well my scarf didn't stay in place. I'm hoping my mom can make me a mask, as I can't sew and they are not available anywhere.

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Homemade masks don’t do much to protect against anything, but if it comforts people to wear them, then I guess that’s something. I’ve read that cloth masks they wore in 1918 were completely useless and that’s pretty much the same sort of thing we’re telling the public to use now. 

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If I have enough leather, I'm going to make one of these and wear it around town:

Bubonis, a Plague Doctor Mask for Eyeglass Wearers — Tom Banwell ... 

Because everyone feels more comfortable when there's a Plague Doctor present.

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I wanted to get one of them but boyfriend said it would scare children.. I don't think kids would know what it is, i think it would scare adults

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My husband has one, somewhere. Is it disturbing that I live in a house where that kind of thing can be easily mislaid?

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So I found the CDC has instructions on its website, both sewing and folding instructions for non-sewers. They use a piece of coffee filter in the mask. I like the concept of not sewing. I also found a similar set of instructions on YouTube for folding and using hair elastics as the earloops.  I figure if everyone wears a mask it helps protect me because they’re masked, and vice versa. At any rate seems like it can’t hurt as long as it doesn’t give too much a sense of false security. 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

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