You need to understand 2 things.
1/You are not an expert. People, you included, should not be listening to hou, but to the experts.
2/You are stockpiling, and is making supplies a problem. Without you, supplies wouldn’t be a problem.
Waterbomber2 wrote:dtw2hyd wrote:TheFlyingDisk wrote:So which is which?
I've doctors saying that only those who are sick should wear surgical masks, and that those who are not sick shouldn't wear masks as it will increase the risk of getting sick. And then we have people here saying people should wear masks.
I think that is just messaging to manage the shortage of masks. One logic I heard, if consumers hoard all the masks, medical professionals may face a shortage, that theory seems to far fetched because every country will have strategic reserves.
If you are in a crowded place you should wear a mask and gloves.
I would like to hear back from the IATA doctor who told masks are absolute waste and viruses won't survive on hard surfaces.
We already covered this earlier on in this thread.
It's shameful that our medical professionals didn't see this coming and didn't secure masks, and now resort to telling people to not protect themselves so they can protect themselves.
I don't earn as much as a doctor but I was able to allocate a budget and secure a decent stash of respirator masks FFP2/FFP3 early on because I had my eyes and ears open. I could also secure half face masks and full face masks.
Now I hear doctors complaining that they only have a small stock and then show on TV a couple of useless surgical masks lying in a medical cabinet. So doctors clearly are not well informed about the type of masks that is required for this kind of intervention, nor do they seem to have the interest to keep updated about major medical threats. Politicians and medical professionals are now falsely claiming that masks don't help and could even make infection more likely which is uter b*%%£+*, because they want to secure their supply.
I'm now considering donating some of that stash to medical professionals in hard hit area's, althoug I feel ridiculous to have to babysit doctors who earn more than I do and were complacent at best.
N95, N100, FFP2 and FFP3 respirator masks will provide very good to excellent protection from inhalation of airborne particles that could carry the virus.
On top of that, eye protection may be advisable. Your swimming goggles could do, but you also have bigger goggles.
Even with these you may still interface with the virus, but the quantity of virus will be so insignificant that your body will be able to repell it very swiftly before it can multiply so that it doesn't lead to an infection.
So if you can find respirator masks, just buy them and protect yourself and your family.
Don't buy them to leave them on the shelf "just in case", because we are already fully in the "just in case" scenario.
Don't waste your money on surgical masks, they don't cut your exposure enough to justify the discomfort of wearing them.
By the way, Belgium ordered masks from a company in Turkey and seem to have paid for them, only to be left empty handed.
The Belgian minister of Health said a few weeks ago that they were ready for Covid19....
"It appears that we have fallen victims to a scam".
https://www.hln.be/de-krant/5-miljoen-m ... ~a6977412/
Ignore messages from politicians about not buying masks, not stashing food.
Get informed, there is enough information to make your own assessment of the situation, make your own decisions and execute plans.
"There is enough toilet paper". 3 weeks ago there supposedly were enough masks for everyone so if you feel like you need toilet paper, just buy it.
IMO toilet paper is not as essential as it appears: if you run out you can allocate a few towels for that purpose and rotate them. Towels can also be used for a wide variey of purposes, even in regular daily use, so I would stash towels.