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Old Jun 24, 20, 6:06 am
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Coronavirus and masks/face coverings [Consolidated thread]

Old Mar 5, 20, 3:27 am
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Originally Posted by Misco60
I have just witnessed a conversation at TXL in which a passenger was insisting upon a free transfer to a later flight because someone was coughing in the check-in queue...
That is ridiculous and yes, that is over-reacting IMO. There are loads of reasons to have a cough and almost all of them nothing to do with CORVID-19. Mind you... it would worry us enough for us to keep our distance where ever possible. Sensible IMO because you don't know.
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Old Mar 5, 20, 3:31 am
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Its possible to believe the coronavirus is being sensationalised in general, while still recognising that it carries serious risks for those that are more vulnerable than the average person.

if it were only those at higher risk that were panic-buying masks, hand sanitizer, toilet paper (!) etc then we wouldnt have a problem here.

But unfortunately the hysteria is far more contagious than the virus.
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Old Mar 5, 20, 3:57 am
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Originally Posted by RoyalSwazi
There was a story in a Norwegian newspaper today about a Swedish woman who was hung over on BA12 after a rather heavy night in Singapore, but the crew suspected corona. The flight got the royal salute on arrival, and put into quarantine on arrival. She is now in quarantine in London where she lives. Im unable to find a link right now, but perhaps this was the culprit. FYI she tested negative.

If it's the same story i'm thinking of, the passenger complained of bad headache, feeling ill and suggested she'd feel better if she were to have a flat bed.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...racetamol.html
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Old Mar 5, 20, 4:45 am
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That is indeed the same one hehe.
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Old Mar 5, 20, 4:59 am
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Originally Posted by nancypants
I had this argument with a coworker the other day. Something like 60% of Chinese doctors smoke so theres a greater than even chance that bloke was a smoker, which puts him in a higher risk category. He could have also had a pre existing condition we didnt know about (Im a similar age and am classified as a risk group for coronavirus due to a pre existing heart condition). Im still not worried for me (medically)
You may not be wrong, BUT by thoughts are: if he really had a pre-existing condition that caused his death with the virus, the China government will rush to announce that instead of fuelling speculation by not doing so.
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Old Mar 5, 20, 5:06 am
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Originally Posted by snaxmuppet
Almost all of the toilet doors I have used in supermarkets and department stores open inwards towards the toilet so that I have to touch the handle with my recently washed hands to get out. I am in the habit now of carrying clean, un-used tissues in my pocket to use on my way out so I don't have to touch anything with clean hands.
Sorry, I thought you were speaking about fire escapes earlier. Still, the reason for them opening inwards is so that they will not open onto an active pathway. I do agree with your point about having to open the doors with my just cleaned hands, in fact I just spoke about it last night with my wife over the 6pm news report on this virus.
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Old Mar 5, 20, 5:10 am
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Originally Posted by GadgetGal
If it's the same story i'm thinking of, the passenger complained of bad headache, feeling ill and suggested she'd feel better if she were to have a flat bed.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...racetamol.html
That was not the BA12 I was on, no "escorted off the plane by officials in hazmat suits" nor "others on the plane were also asked to fill out forms saying their address, where they have visited and if they had any symptoms". I was one of the last to get off the plane as I was travelling with an infant and there was no hurry to get us off so that they can off load these clowns.
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Old Mar 5, 20, 10:53 pm
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Originally Posted by alvinlwh
The interesting thing is, the main door that you enter the building may not be classed as an emergency escape (although in most cases they are), and they can open inwards only. In such cases, look for the green running man sign above the door, if there is non, that door should NOT be used as an emergency escape and there usually will be one (or more) close by, such as to the sides.
I didn't know there was that distinction in doors, I have learned something today - thank you!
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Old Mar 6, 20, 12:00 am
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Originally Posted by snaxmuppet
Almost all of the toilet doors I have used in supermarkets and department stores open inwards towards the toilet so that I have to touch the handle with my recently washed hands to get out. I am in the habit now of carrying clean, un-used tissues in my pocket to use on my way out so I don't have to touch anything with clean hands.
Hope youre not the bloke who then chucks their tissue on the floor behind the door!
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Old Mar 6, 20, 10:31 am
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Should one travel, if elective comes down to your personal health conditions and your risk tolerance, sorry that is a lame response.

As to wear mask, this is a good read:
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/13/o...effective.html

Everyone is saying wash your hand wash you hands, keep your surfaces clean etc. etc, but you can wash all you want but then you touch the paper dispenser or handle or rail and then touch your face, so what, LOL
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Old Mar 7, 20, 9:34 am
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Originally Posted by cupsandsaucers
The masks we see people wearing do not filter viruses. End of. They are entierly pointless. Be it from catching it yourself or spreading it to others. they are literally 0% effective.
this is quite accurate although not 100% accurate
unless its properly fitted protective N95 or such mask the level of value is quite low. And for a variety of reasons, not just its lack of filtering ability- ie most dont know how to don it, they increase their face touching etc...
however it seems this particular virus is transmitted mainly through droplets not just floating in the air so to speak: and so a decent surgical mask worn properly and with minimal face touching and proper other hygiene protocols may and probably does confer some level of protection to the wearer in an environment where that exists even if it is minimal.
clearly not touching public surfaces, hand rails chairs tables door handles etc and making sure you wash with soap and water or a high alcohol hand sanitizer for a minimum of 20 seconds and not touching your eyes and face is much more important, I wouldnt discount masks completely. Its just for the average person they arent worn properly and if they add to face touching may actually increase risk
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Old Mar 7, 20, 9:49 am
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If a mask helps people avoid touching their face then they are welcome to wear them
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Old Mar 7, 20, 10:40 am
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Please follow this thread, which originated in the British Airways forum, as it moves to the dedicated Coronavirus and travel forum.

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Old Mar 7, 20, 6:01 pm
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Heading to SE Asia later this month. Will I be asked/forced to wear mask? Totally healthy, and have been traveling all over the world last few months. US-based - CDC does not recommend wearing masks unless you are sick (for the benefit of others).
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Old Mar 7, 20, 7:10 pm
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Originally Posted by Repooc17
Heading to SE Asia later this month. Will I be asked/forced to wear mask? Totally healthy, and have been traveling all over the world last few months. US-based - CDC does not recommend wearing masks unless you are sick (for the benefit of others).
Worth a read: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/13/o...effective.html

In the Far East the only people that wore them were sick or trying to avoid the bad air there ( why I wore them ), now they wear because of expectation, don't ask, just look around and see if you want to stand out, LOL
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