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Have the Government got it wrong with face masks advice?

A new study from Hong Kong has said that face masks can slow the rate of infection among people. I would have thought this was absolutely obvious.

What on earth is the UK government doing to get them to the NHS? I despair of this country sometimes even though I love it so much.

We cannot organise a pissup in a brewery!

Look at South Korea they seem to have the whole epidemic sorted while our politicians blather on like headless chickens!


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26th Apr 2020 13:20:05
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Nobody I think is arguing that all key workers need the appropriate mask for the job they are doing.The question is whether it is beneficial or necessary for the general public.If scientists can not agree on this subject and after listening to both opinions for and against wearing them I am still undecided certainly if I was using public transport I would wear one other wise I continue to socially distance and frequent hand washing.At the moment the decision is ours.
26th Apr 2020 08:35:50
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France will be distributing masks to the public on May 4 ready for the gradual lifting of restrictions starting on the 11th.
These will be washable, reusable fabric masks manufactured under government supervision in their millions.
Just saying.
9th Apr 2020 10:16:14 (Last activity: 10th Apr 2020 01:15:03)
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What's wrong with buying your own face mask I did, 2 for £4.99 on eBay, I might look like scary Mary but what the he'll.
Response from Bald123 made on 9th Apr 2020 23:27:56
The only problem with these is...and we saw them for £9.99 is do they work?...I would rather the UK Gov supplied proper ones. they need to move a lot faster
Response from Alan2112 made on 10th Apr 2020 01:15:03 > @Bald123
Waiting for this government to respond quickly.... Good luck with that.
3rd Apr 2020 23:04:46 (Last activity: 9th Apr 2020 23:29:36)
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It seems to be trending now that we should all have some sort of face mask when outside now not in order to protect ourselves but to protect others from the infections we may be carrying. and so lessening the chances of spreading. viruses of any kind including colds and flu. This could be good sense.
Response from Bald123 made on 9th Apr 2020 23:29:36
I totally agree it is an outrage that the government have not supplied them to NHS staff. Rees Mogg about 6 weeks ago was blathering on about it will all be fine if we wash our hands singing happy birthday-what a buffoon he is!
3rd Apr 2020 21:17:02 (Last activity: 7th Apr 2020 07:19:14)
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Well certainly Wilf, all front line NHS staff should have them in plentiful supply. That lack, and the lack of other PPE gear, as well as beds etc., just show that no government since before Margaret Thatcher has taken the slightest bit of notice of pro-NHS public demos or understood the deep and abiding affection we have for the Service and it's superb staff.

I'm sorry to say I can't see that changing anytime soon.
Response from Wilf Original Poster made on 3rd Apr 2020 22:50:20
Its pitiful Lionel that humans (and especially the British!) do not seem to plan for anything. We saw what was happening in China in China in January. Why did we think its not going to happen here? If we had thought about this we had 6 plan...get masks, ventilators, train staff etc etc. And of course as always everyone has a PHD in hindsight! Especially the media and opposition "I told you so" yes of course you did!
Response from Lionel made on 3rd Apr 2020 23:42:08 > @Wilf
And Corbyn chuntering away how things would have been very different if he's got into No 10.

You gotta admit, Wilf, we need a good laugh these days.
Response from [deleted] made on 7th Apr 2020 07:19:14
4th Apr 2020 10:48:19 (Last activity: 6th Apr 2020 21:28:58)
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Response from PansyPuss made on 6th Apr 2020 21:28:58
I think she probably has a stock of hazmat suits for any time she has to go near ‘the Donald’ protect her from the fake tan and hairspray!
Seriously though, I think the face mask question for non-key workers takes the focus away from social distancing....if we all do that and stay at home where possible then the face masks can be kept for the key workers who really need them. If we all start demanding face masks there won’t be enough for the key workers who really need them.
3rd Apr 2020 08:08:04
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Whether you are coughing or on the receiving end of a cough, it's common sense that a mask is going to offer you some protection or prevent your cough particles reaching others.

Latest information from scientists is saying that cough particles can reach 6-8 feet.
I for one have a face mask and am wearing it when outside. Eye covering is important too.

Lot's of ways for you to make your own mask, a lady uses her padded bra to make a face mask and another uses Hepa filter vacuum filter bags to make very effective masks.

A Doctor Explains How to Make the Safest Face Mask -

How to Make an N95 Mask out of a BRA DIY Do it Yourself Respirator Mask In My Opinion -

Time to pull out that sewing machine and get sewing, ladies and men now the "how to" video shows you how.

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