At 1/25/20 10:08 PM, RydiaLockheart wrote:
At 1/25/20 09:50 PM, Tony-DarkGrave wrote:
The CDC recommends a respiratory mask with a P100 filter apparently a P100 filter is enough to filter out influenza, swine flu, pneumonia, SARS and MERS and should be able to keep the viruses out.I see a lot of people in Shanghai wearing those in pictures of heavy smog days, so I guess that helps with that? Though I still wouldn't want to live there.
Though the practicality of wearing a face mask is kind of silly unless you live in a heavily populated city in a developing country.
They are pretty cheap though
I’m no medical expert, though I would probably wager that this will be not that much different than the SARS outbreak that spread around China for a couple of months before burning itself out.
As for the masks, they are practically ubiquitous in major Asian cities (Seoul, Tokyo, etc.) with very dense populations, and we rarely if ever hear about these diseases spreading there, though that may also have to do with cleanliness being a much higher priority than in China. (Of course, I would imagine that the Chinese know this as well with the masks, and the protection against the smog is a bonus)
While we should acknowledge that any disease can break out on a huge scale, (Which really shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to China) the rule of thumb is that the more hyped up a disease really is, the less threatening they really are, especially when they are caught this early and quarantines can be set up and scientists can figure them out. Remember when everyone lost their shit about the bird/swine flu, and how it ended up becoming nothing than a random strain of flu that was easily dealt with?