Haha, we have the same opinion. I make a little "ssss" face seeing folks touching the fronts, doing weird things with gloves, ignoring distance, etc. There are tons of half-measured "guides" (fiberglass air filters! tshirts?!) out there that aren't offering enough information on masks having the best benefit of (barely) mitigating droplet spread from asymptomatic carriers. Effective donning and doffing can be a lot even in a healthcare setting so I can't imagine folks are adhering to that out and about or at home.
It's frustrating. Folks are feeling powerless and I'm sure making the thin, unfiltered masks feels good. But, without access to adequate context and guidance, things can easily get worse from simple good intentions. More than anything, I'd want retail and farmworkers to have good masks while the rest of us sit tight.
Stacked coffee filters work well too in the short term. At this point, I'm close to wear a mask just to be polite. The PM2.5 filters I wear for roasting coffee are too big for viral particles.
Yes, exactly!!! The most important thing is to stay home as MUCH as you can, and to keep as much distance as possible when you are out. Yesterday I made my first grocery trip in a week, and went late at night. The store was pretty empty. Didn't wear a mask, didn't wear gloves, but sure didn't touch my face until I washed up! The thing is, with the contagion level...there really isn't much you CAN do except washing really well. The level of crazy some (average) people are doing is just...beyond.
I think this video kind of sums it up - it made me laugh, but it's true! There's no way to really do "enough" is there? You've always kind of touched something.... What are you honestly going to do? Strip off your clothes outside? I have friends that are leaving all their groceries sit for days, won't take the mail inside for days, scrubbing everything down...if we truly need that, then honestly, we're all getting sick and we all need to be in a bubble right now.
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I'm agreeing with you guys...from what I've seen, the masks may help protect OTHER people, I think mostly if you're coughing and actively producing droplets that are airborne. But if you're being good and staying home all of the time when you've got symptoms, and as much as possible when you don't, that is taken out of the equation.
They do not protect the person wearing the mask--mask adjustments, face touching, etc due to the masks actually increase the number of times you risk infecting yourself.
I do worry it will make it worse! Sigh. I saw what Bug posted about requiring masks to get on transit. I just don't know.
Minnesota is actually doing quite well right now with our infection rates simply with our stay at home orders....