COVID-19 Outbreak Information Updates (Reboot) [8.288M US cases, 223,644 US deaths.] (18 Viewers)

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The original COVID-19 Outbreak thread has been closed but is still available as a read-only thread (sticky above). The original thread had become less and less about new information and more about petty bickering. The purpose of this new thread is to link or report new information as it comes out. Try not to go off course from the topic. Those of you who had been banned from the original thread feel free to participate in this new thread. Just stay on topic. Thank you.
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Bottom line is that moving forward we simply don't want any political bickering going on within this thread, and want to try to limit this thread to being as much about sharing Covid-19 information as possible.

If you want to discuss the political aspects of Covid-19 with other SR members, you can do so here (If you are not already registered there, you will be required to do so)...
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I really can't comprehend how in the middle of a raging global pandemic that we still have people arguing about wearing masks. How belligerently ignorant are we as society? It's so frustrating that I am at the point of being non-compassionate and just hoping they get exposed. I know it's terrible but this is so frustrating having these arguments and these are the people helping the spread. It's like arguing with someone about the need to wipe his @$$ after dropping a deuce. And people just vociferously arguing about why not wiping is just as good as wiping.
We are a society that is easily influenced. We have been conditioned for many years now by social media. There is no "need" to research things or learn things or think about things for yourself when it is so easy to fire up the social media and be told or influenced on what you should think.
 

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I really don't understand anyone who is looking for excuses not to wear a mask.
It's people who don't fully believe the reasons for wearing masks but wear them because of peer pressure or mandates. Similar to how some kids birch and moan while doing their chores.
 

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That's good news.

Meanwhile, Catholic Schools in East Baton Rouge (and apparently 7 other Parishes) are apparently set on opening for in person instruction. I guess we will find out within a few weeks after that if kids/teens can spread COVID.

 
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And as far as touching the mask, how hard is it to just wash or use hand sanitizer before you adjust your mask?
I pretty much touch my mask for three reasons - it's riding too high, too low, or it's pulling on my ears unevenly. All of these adjustments require a small tug at the periphery of the mask which isn't invasive at all. Now, I have gotten in the habit of keeping a spray bottle of sanitizer in my pocket whenever I go somewhere public, and I use it diligently, but I really don't see how mask-touching should be much of an issue.
 

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I pretty much touch my mask for three reasons - it's riding too high, too low, or it's pulling on my ears unevenly. All of these adjustments require a small tug at the periphery of the mask which isn't invasive at all. Now, I have gotten in the habit of keeping a spray bottle of sanitizer in my pocket whenever I go somewhere public, and I use it diligently, but I really don't see how mask-touching should be much of an issue.
I agree. I only ever touch it to pull it up or to adjust the ear straps. And when I do, I just use some hand sanitizer. It may not be necessary, but it can't hurt.
 

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That's fine. But everyone constantly touching the mask isn't an issue? Guess i need to just wear the mask and not question it. Keep the illusion of "doing our part" going.
Mask-touching isn't an issue, no. Hand-sanitizing and mask washing should go hand in hand, anyway -- you sanitize before and after handling the mask, and you sanitize with some frequency as you go about masked activities (e.g. grocery shopping).

But even a non-sterile dirty-ish mask -- assuming a stranger didn't just get finished coughing on it -- is helpful. The idea is simply to (a) block some portion of breath aerosols coming out of your mouth, and (b) block a portion of latent breath aerosols present in indoor air.

The general public does not need to abide by the same masking rules used in the medical profession -- the types of potential contact with infected persons are not comparable between, say, 'buying groceries' and 'treating a COVID-19 patient in close quarters'. That was a big reason the messaging regarding face coverings for the public was so contradictory early on. The messaging was drafted by medical experts who were trained in a very narrow setting regarding masks -- the masking protocols for medical professionals is not necessarily applicable to those for the general public in non-medical settings.
 

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So these kids, they're humans, right? They have respiratory systems like adults do, right? Why are we shocked and / or questioning whether or not they can spread this virus like adults??
Because we led ourselves into believing kids will be fine with this virus based on statistics while ignoring the fact that, whether we realize it or not, we are being very protective with our kids and they're generally not being put into mass gathering environments right now, at least not on the scale or frequency as they normally would.
 

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It is becoming more and more clear to me that re-opening schools = creating literally thousands of super-spreader events across the nation for a few weeks before it all gets shut down.
I'm not sure how anyone else can draw any other conclusion. This is absolute madness.
 

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