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Oh... That’s the 2019 Indy 500 showing on NBC!

 

I was watching that and thinking, “What the hell is WRONG with these people????”

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It's good that testing has finally started to increase, and the drop in the percentage of positive results that was expected to come along with it is welcome news, too. 

 

But I wouldn't say we're "running out of sick people"  as the tweet proclaimed - we're still adding 20,000 or so new cases a day and still losing 1,000 + American lives nearly every day.   

 

 

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The current hubbub is that COVID-19 is retreating so fast that we may not have enough patients to run a randomized clinical trial if we develop a COVID-19 vaccine. This happened to Ebola, BTW.

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1 hour ago, Rothbardian said:

 

Anyone reading above link shouldn't neglect to read the following sentence near the end which incidentally gets at the whole reason to wear masks when out in public in the first place:

 

"We do not know whether masks shorten the travel distance of droplets during coughing. Further study is needed to recommend whether face masks decrease transmission of virus from asymptomatic individuals or those with suspected COVID-19 who are not coughing."

 

Summary: Study provides interesting data some quite useful within a hospital setting but simply does not speak to the public transmission issue. So no inference follows re. use out in public.

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2 hours ago, NewfoundlandFreeFrog said:

 

Anyone reading above link shouldn't neglect to read the following sentence near the end which incidentally gets at the whole reason to wear masks when out in public in the first place:

 

"We do not know whether masks shorten the travel distance of droplets during coughing. Further study is needed to recommend whether face masks decrease transmission of virus from asymptomatic individuals or those with suspected COVID-19 who are not coughing."

 

Summary: Study provides interesting data some quite useful within a hospital setting but simply does not speak to the public transmission issue. So no inference follows re. use out in public.

 

They come out against masks, and yet their own results show that even the surgical mask reduced how much virus ended up in the petri dish. The people pushing masks aren’t saying, “Even a cloth mask will protect you for sure,” rather they are saying, “It reduces the amount of virus an infected person can pump out, so widespread masking in crowded areas will reduce the transmission rate.” This study’s results totally support that, even though the authors give conclusions that bolster those saying, “Science doesn’t support masks.”

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6 hours ago, Rothbardian said:

 

They come out against masks, and yet their own results show that even the surgical mask reduced how much virus ended up in the petri dish. The people pushing masks aren’t saying, “Even a cloth mask will protect you for sure,” rather they are saying, “It reduces the amount of virus an infected person can pump out, so widespread masking in crowded areas will reduce the transmission rate.” This study’s results totally support that, even though the authors give conclusions that bolster those saying, “Science doesn’t support masks.”

Odd then the paper specifically states it does not support that conclusion. 

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