Swine flu - will you wear a mask?

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(Original post by abc101)
I have loads of surgeons' masks but I hate them because they make your face get all hot and you can smell fusty breath. Not good.

I bet restaurants and cafes will start seeing an downturn...hygiene standards aren't exactly stellar in the majority of places, so if just one person in the kitchen has swine flu...
I'm scared now. I'm going out to eat tonight for my birthday, is there a chance somebody in the kitchen has swine flu? :/
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I'll remember that next time someone in H&R suggests calling them.

You can work if you want to. Believe me, I'll be very careful about what I'll be doing.

...its not me giving the advice i don't like people suggesting i'm stupid and useless, im just the health advisor following some questions on the computer, and putting them through to a registered nurse- who refers them to the walk in centres with other nurses. Plus i now have the flu myself so i'm screwed anyway. (not swine flu though- i hope)
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hahahahahah love it
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VADER NEEDS NO PUNY PAPER MASK.
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this is a sweeping generalisation but I think quite a few diseases spread in similar ways are most contagious when the symptoms aren't obvious

Yes, I'm taking it out of the context and comparing it just to SARS, because we've a better idea what a SARS epidemic was like. It's like a point of reference, really.

for SARS, you only become contagious when you develop a fever, or ten days into infection (apparently). so it's easier to monitor in a way, whereas swine flu can spread faster and wider without anyone knowing enough about it. I think that's what's worrying the authorities - the fact that no one knows much about it.
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...its not me giving the advice i don't like people suggesting i'm stupid and useless, im just the health advisor following some questions on the computer, and putting them through to a registered nurse- who refers them to the walk in centres with other nurses.
I'm not for one minute suggest that you're stupid or useless for a 'health advisor'.
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I'm not for one minute suggest that you're stupid or useless for a 'health advisor'.

oh ok. Its just that tends to be the tone of your posts towards me; sorry if i was on my guard; am tired and fed up.
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edited - thanks acalia.
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(Original post by RyanT)
Yes I would and I'd replace it every few hours with a newly sterilised one.

I do not like this flu one bit - I have a very strong immune system and haven't been ill in a very long time so it makes me paranoid when healthy people are dying to it.

People who say they wouldn't deserve to be shot. What if you catch it because you're not wearing a mask, then sneeze and give it to an 18 year old who goes on to die from the disease?

Scum, absolute scum. Playing Russian roulette with other peoples health.

We will see how this virus evolves - at the moment it isn't a big deal but that could very easily change with a few mutations.

ok firstly- chill.

secondly; im sure when it becomes a proper pandemic and people get worried they'd wear masks anyway- peer pressure and all that
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(Original post by Renal)
It's not the virus itself, apparently the mortality is something to do with the cytokine storm that it can trigger.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cytokine_storm
This is only an up-in-the-air suggestion though, right? Speculation and all that.

To be honest, in a developed country like ours, with decent medical provisions, even with cytokine storms, I shouldn't think there will be many fatalities.

As for how effective these masks are... I think they offer some element of protection. But in the hands of normal civilians, who'll use them improperly, they're not going to do much at all.
I'm undecided as to whether I'd consider one or not.

Doesn't stop people trying to panic-buy them though. I work in a pharmacy and we've had people ordering them already. Our wholesalers have been out of stock of all facemasks for a couple of days now. And we're already receiving phonecalls from people enquiring as to whether they can purchase Tamiflu :rolleyes:
As it stands we can't order in even if we wanted to. All stocks are reserved for hospitals at the moment, apparently. GPs aren't allowed to prescribe. It's all in the hands of the hospitals.
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This is only an up-in-the-air suggestion though, right? Speculation and all that.

To be honest, in a developed country like ours, with decent medical provisions, even with cytokine storms, I shouldn't think there will be many fatalities.

As for how effective these masks are... I think they offer some element of protection. But in the hands of normal civilians, who'll use them improperly, they're not going to do much at all.
I'm undecided as to whether I'd consider one or not.

Doesn't stop people trying to panic-buy them though. I work in a pharmacy and we've had people ordering them already. Our wholesalers have been out of stock of all facemasks for a couple of days now. And we're already receiving phonecalls from people enquiring as to whether they can purchase Tamiflu :rolleyes:
As it stands we can't order in even if we wanted to. All stocks are reserved for hospitals at the moment, apparently. GPs aren't allowed to prescribe. It's all in the hands of the hospitals.
meh maybe the mask market may help the recession!! lol

and i know, making me laugh how people want to buy tamiflu..i just ask how they plan to administer it :p:

I agree with you, i think there will be fatalities, but like flu in general it'll hit the vulnerable MORE

It's certainly going to be a test on the NHS
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This is only an up-in-the-air suggestion though, right? Speculation and all that.
Essentially yes.


To be honest, in a developed country like ours, with decent medical provisions, even with cytokine storms, I shouldn't think there will be many fatalities.
We don't really have any idea how best to manage cytokine storms...


As it stands we can't order in even if we wanted to. All stocks are reserved for hospitals at the moment, apparently. GPs aren't allowed to prescribe. It's all in the hands of the hospitals.
Good. It needs to be controlled if it's going to do any good.
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wearing a mask is useless cos they become moist and then are worse than inefective
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wearing a mask is useless cos they become moist and then are worse than inefective
N95
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Yes a zombie mask.

:woo:

No, hand washing is far more effective. And this wont be more than a storm in a teacup anyway. Did I where a mask this winter when nigh on 100 people died of the flu. No, but then that's because I have a sense of persepctive.
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if they offer me a mask when i go to the hospital to do pbl today, i wouldn't turn it down! (i just want it for the craic really)
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No. Can the government start acting on C difficle and MRSA rather some silly little flu they have changed into a political exercise to make them look organised and ready.
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Yes a zombie mask.

:woo:

No, hand washing is far more effective. And this wont be more than a storm in a teacup anyway. Did I where a mask this winter when nigh on 100 people died of the flu. No, but then that's because I have a sense of persepctive.
hand washing is only effective when you dry your hands on a towel/paper towel, dryers do nothing to get rid of bacteria!
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Can the government start acting on C difficle and MRSA.
No.
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Of course I will!!! If I can get my hands on one...don't know where to get them from? :mad:
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