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D&D and the rising pandemic

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
The problem being that most of them are only one layer, and they are often of knit fabrics that don't actually stop you from emitting droplets into the air around you very well.
That was a major point of the study.

The researchers recommended either buying multilayer gaiters or doubling up on the single layer ones via folding.
 

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Istbor

Dances with Gnolls
Can we talk about how the President of the United States of America who tested positive and received treatment for COVID-19 last week, is now still planning on making two in-person rallies this weekend?
 


tomBitonti

Adventurer
Most masks are secured by loops over the ears.* Those can become abrasive, especially if you have to wear them a long time or have to adjust them frequently due to fit.** It’s a common enough issue that improvised and commercial loop anchors exist that draw the loops away from the ears to the back of your head.
I was thinking that there should be a product which was a padded ring to put around ones ears, that would cushion thin mask straps. This seems to be an easy to make product and an easily solved problem. Actually, there are hair ties which might do the job as is.
Be safe, be well,
Tom B
 

Can we talk about how the President of the United States of America who tested positive and received treatment for COVID-19 last week, is now still planning on making two in-person rallies this weekend?
And is also claiming that he is immune and that he found yet another miracle cure! Why!?!?
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
I was thinking that there should be a product which was a padded ring to put around ones ears, that would cushion thin mask straps.

Most folk don't have a whole lot of depth behind their ears in which to put padding along with the ear strap of the mask.

The simplest solution seems to be a short strap with a large coat button on each end. The strap goes across the back of your head, and the ear loops go around the button instead of your ears. Problem solved. My wife crocheted a bunch of these for friends who have to wear masks all day at the start of this.

There are professionally made variations on the concept as well...

 

Istbor

Dances with Gnolls
And is also claiming that he is immune and that he found yet another miracle cure! Why!?!?
Might have to do with a certain CEO being a member of a certain person's Westchester, New York golf club. Or that the company got a fat government grant through operation warp speed.

Supposedly this certain someone also had stock in that treatment as well as others being used heavily for the current health crisis (but has had that for some time now).

Unsurprisingly the company's stock surged after Monday.

If none of that fuels some conspiracy theories, I'll buy a hat and eat it.
 

Ryujin

Adventurer
Most folk don't have a whole lot of depth behind their ears in which to put padding along with the ear strap of the mask.

The simplest solution seems to be a short strap with a large coat button on each end. The strap goes across the back of your head, and the ear loops go around the button instead of your ears. Problem solved. My wife crocheted a bunch of these for friends who have to wear masks all day at the start of this.

There are professionally made variations on the concept as well...

 

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MoonSong

Rules-lawyering drama queen but not a munchkin
I don't think this was mentioned before:


So, the English vaccine not only caused some safety issues, it's possible it doesn't fully work.... Or he was in the placebo group.

Speaking of vaccines, have those of you in the Northern hemisphere taken this year's flu shot yet?
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
So, the English vaccine not only caused some safety issues, it's possible it doesn't fully work.... Or he was in the placebo group.

No vaccine is 100% effective. And, the placebo group needs to be large enough to get a solid estimate of how many people who got the vaccine should have gotten sick. And, if nobody in the placebo gets sick, you cannot actually measure the effectiveness of the vaccine. Thus, the fate of one person in the trial tells you absolutely nothing about the real effectiveness.
 


MoonSong

Rules-lawyering drama queen but not a munchkin
Absolutely ... whether people take vaccine is in the top 5 long life correlations they have found. (exercise isn't even that high)
Getting it was a nightmare this year. It took us three attempts to find a place with it. The health ministry didn't plan properly. They had the same number of doses as last year, and neglected to consider more people would want to vaccinate this season because of the pandemic. This is just one of the many logistics problems they've had. I worry about the time there is an actual vaccine for corona, because our local equivalent of the FDA has been subsumed into another agency -essentially losing independence and budget-. Did I mention that agency is directed by a lawyer instead of a medical doctor? My biggest fear is they rubber stamping a poorly tested Russian or Chinese vaccine just to make the problem go away.
 



Garthanos

Arcadian Knight
So, the English vaccine not only caused some safety issues, it's possible it doesn't fully work.... Or he was in the placebo group.
The one I was following seemed safe enough they arent sure about whether it works "for real" or "for how long", but there were positive indications like inducing antibody response
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Assuming an effective, safe C19 vaccine can be made affordably, I’m not too concerned about the duration of its protection. I get 3 allergy injections every 2 weeks. It’s not a big deal if we needed annual or even monthly C19 boosters, IMHO.

And no, I do not like needles. I’ve been on that injection regimen for decades, and I still can’t look when it’s being done.
 

MarkB

Legend
Speaking of vaccines, have those of you in the Northern hemisphere taken this year's flu shot yet?
Yes, last Tuesday. I'm pleased to say that my local GP surgery had things well in hand. They contacted me with a selection of available dates for a walk-through vaccination service, provided a convenient appointment time and clear instructions - patients were to turn up wearing masks and with their arm bare ready for the jab.

When I arrived, I found that the whole thing was set up outdoors in their carpark. They'd used tape and bollards to mark out separate paths for the under 65s and over 65s vaccines, and the staff administering them were set up under gazebos. It was a simple round trip in and out, and I was one of only two patients going through at the time, the other coming in around 30 seconds after me.
 


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