Face masks: Why? Why not?

recumbentpanda
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Re: Face masks: Why? Why not?

Postby recumbentpanda » 1 May 2020, 8:51am

Have spent time in Japan where mask wearing is very normal. It is done to protect others from yourself.

I also suspect it’s a way of saying to others ‘please be nice to me, I’m feeling a bit poorly today!’

Also, any form of nasal discharge is a big no-no in the culture.

It is so normal, that it is happily done even by participants in rituals, ceremonies or parades.

It was there I first saw a person drive by in an otherwise empty car wearing a mask, something I have begun to see here in U.K. recently. When I saw it in JP I was amused & puzzled, but think about it: If you are travelling between potential contacts, like a delivery driver, or vulnerable relatives, it makes sense to leave the mask on and not fiddle with it.

This emergency has made me realise that quite a few Japanese cultural habits are useful distancing measures: bowing instead of handshakes, mask wearing to benefit others, not oneself, and the fact that traditionally, hugging and kissing is only done by consenting adults in private!

The situation is bad in Japan, as elsewhere, but I suspect it would be quite a bit worse without masks etc. Korean culture is much the same . . .

Me, I’m masking up whenever others are potentially at risk.

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Re: Face masks: Why? Why not?

Postby Oldjohnw » 1 May 2020, 9:32am

I always that face mask wearing (until now) was, apart from with medics, about not breathing in pollution.
John

atoz
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Re: Face masks: Why? Why not?

Postby atoz » 1 May 2020, 1:03pm

Oldjohnw wrote:Last week I saw a man coming out of Marks and Spencer wearing disposable gloves to protect himself. He kept touching his face.


Quel surprise. You also get the people who think wearing a mask means they can get closer to you than they should under social distancing guidelines. Then there's the people who will inform you of the research about droplet particles when people are cycling, but don't know that the research hasn't been peer reviewed- see https://www.nhs.uk/news/health-news-glossary/ for a legit definition.

I think masks may become the new cycle helmets- people will think it's "common sense" to wear them despite the conflicting evidence. Of course for masks read "face coverings" since the chance of getting hold of a mask that is any good is probably slightly less than spotting aliens landing any time soon. Now that Boris has said it may be a good idea to wear them, no doubt websites will crash and burn.

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Re: Face masks: Why? Why not?

Postby Oldjohnw » 1 May 2020, 2:44pm

atoz wrote:
Oldjohnw wrote:Last week I saw a man coming out of Marks and Spencer wearing disposable gloves to protect himself. He kept touching his face.


Quel surprise. You also get the people who think wearing a mask means they can get closer to you than they should under social distancing guidelines. Then there's the people who will inform you of the research about droplet particles when people are cycling, but don't know that the research hasn't been peer reviewed- see https://www.nhs.uk/news/health-news-glossary/ for a legit definition.

I think masks may become the new cycle helmets- people will think it's "common sense" to wear them despite the conflicting evidence. Of course for masks read "face coverings" since the chance of getting hold of a mask that is any good is probably slightly less than spotting aliens landing any time soon. Now that Boris has said it may be a good idea to wear them, no doubt websites will crash and burn.


OTH, VP Mike Spence refused to wear one when visiting a hospital, despite the entire escorting medical team all wearing them. His reason: he wanted to look people in the eye. I'm not sure how much face he thought you were meant to cover.
John