Should I wear a mask? MAD airport?

Old Jan 27, 20, 12:10 pm
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Should I wear a mask? MAD airport?

i am curious how many in the Flyertalk community would fly to Barajas would wear a mask upon arrival into the airport. IN particular 4S Immigration queue.

I am landing from Chicago into 4S and 30 min after my flight a widebody will be arriving from Hong Kong..... i am arriving around 0730

What do you all think?? Would you wear a mask??
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Old Jan 27, 20, 12:39 pm
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Originally Posted by feysul View Post
i am curious how many in the Flyertalk community would fly to Barajas would wear a mask upon arrival into the airport. IN particular 4S Immigration queue.

I am landing from Chicago into 4S and 30 min after my flight a widebody will be arriving from Hong Kong..... i am arriving around 0730

What do you all think?? Would you wear a mask??
Are you immunocompromised, or are you travelling with others that could potentially be immunocompromised? Or +60 yo, <12 yo, pregnant, smoke...

Itīs basically a risk assesment (your call). The risk is very low - if you ask me -, but obviously based on your conditions you may adapt to the circumstances to lower - even more - the risk,

BUT a normal, healthy individual, shouldnīt have any problems.
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Old Jan 27, 20, 12:41 pm
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I am not immune compromised. I am healthy.

i guess whats the downside to wearing one?
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Old Jan 27, 20, 12:48 pm
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Originally Posted by feysul View Post
I am not immune compromised. I am healthy.

i guess whats the downside to wearing one?
Thereīs no downside, they add an aditional barrier of defense (even the cheapest ones). But they wonīt prevent you from getting the disease, just lower the risk.
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Old Jan 27, 20, 1:17 pm
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Wearing a mask everywhere is one of those habits that is often seen in Asia. Not sure why it doesn't take off in Europe / North America, as it seems quite sensible to me. (although a bit uncomfortable I've found)

As for MAD airport, you'll have just stepped off a 10-hour flight in a metal tube with a bunch of random strangers, any of whom could have been to China during January. The plane itself could have done a PVG rotation without being properly cleaned. Worrying about the MAD arrivals hall because of a different flight is a bit silly IMO.
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Old Jan 27, 20, 4:51 pm
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I have no plans to wear a mask when I transit MAD in 4 days.
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Old Jan 28, 20, 9:49 am
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Wearing a mask everywhere is one of those habits that is often seen in Asia. Not sure why it doesn't take off in Europe / North America, as it seems quite sensible to me. (although a bit uncomfortable I've found)
Yet the stupidity of such an act is lost on those who wear such masks for preventative measures. Not only has every doctor on the MSM said that wearing such a mask to prevent disease is useless, but the wearers of such things have not noticed the big open air gap from the mask's inability to fully seal the mid nose area. Seeing as those wearing them are "breathing in", that means they'll be concentrating the sucking in of airborne droplets and other airborne "nasties" via the said gaps - it's all about air pressure. The masks are probably effective for the "infected" as in for breathing out...and only just too.
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Old Jan 28, 20, 11:57 am
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Originally Posted by craigthemif View Post
Wearing a mask everywhere is one of those habits that is often seen in Asia. Not sure why it doesn't take off in Europe / North America, as it seems quite sensible to me. (although a bit uncomfortable I've found)

As for MAD airport, you'll have just stepped off a 10-hour flight in a metal tube with a bunch of random strangers, any of whom could have been to China during January. The plane itself could have done a PVG rotation without being properly cleaned. Worrying about the MAD arrivals hall because of a different flight is a bit silly IMO.
most people go most of their lives not wearing masks and not getting sick. i would be curious to see rates of flu and common cold in masked and maskless countries, but i would guess they are similar.
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Old Jan 28, 20, 12:26 pm
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most people go most of their lives not wearing masks and not getting sick. i would be curious to see rates of flu and common cold in masked and maskless countries, but i would guess they are similar.
Iīm very curious to know that as well. But then itīs very difficult to make such comparisons since access to public health services are not the same, and importantly, climate.
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Old Jan 28, 20, 12:46 pm
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Yet the stupidity of such an act is lost on those who wear such masks for preventative measures. Not only has every doctor on the MSM said that wearing such a mask to prevent disease is useless, but the wearers of such things have not noticed the big open air gap from the mask's inability to fully seal the mid nose area. Seeing as those wearing them are "breathing in", that means they'll be concentrating the sucking in of airborne droplets and other airborne "nasties" via the said gaps - it's all about air pressure. The masks are probably effective for the "infected" as in for breathing out...and only just too.
Indeed. The cheap "dentist type" masks can help prevent the spreading of airborne diseases if an infected person wears it, but it does next to nothing when it comes to protecting a person from getting infected. An N95-type mask can help prevent getting infected, assuming it is fitted properly.
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Old Jan 29, 20, 9:33 am
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I picked up a couple N99 masks with replacement filters for my wife and I. They seem to seal fairly good. We are transiting Taipei after a 13hr+ flight from Vancouver. Not sure if we'll wear them or not, definitely not the norm in our culture but we saw lots a year ago.
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