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Asians in my community wearing face masks / covering faces

28 Jan

On public transportation this morning, I noticed several Asian young women wearing surgical-style masks, and one with her coat pulled up over the bottom of her face.

What do they know that we don’t, about the coronavirus outbreak?

Just wonderin’.

 
11 Comments

Posted by on January 28, 2020 in Brave New World Order, Canada, immigration

 

11 responses to “Asians in my community wearing face masks / covering faces

  1. info

    January 28, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Less atomized. So info goes around quicker.

     
    • Will S.

      January 28, 2020 at 11:08 pm

      Hmmm. Maybe so.

       
  2. Jack

    January 28, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    In Asia, it’s wise and polite to wear a paper filter mask when one is sick. Asians also wear these masks if they believe there is a high probability of encountering someone else who is sick. News about the Corona virus leads them to believe there is a higher probability of encountering someone with the virus. I’m not sure if they have some “inside information”. It’s probably just a precautionary habit. “Better safe than sorry.”

     
    • Will S.

      January 29, 2020 at 12:16 am

      Ah.

      Makes sense.

      I suppose they might be inclined to be slightly more cautious than we are since it’s their countrymen back home who have been hardest hit…

       
  3. Jack

    January 29, 2020 at 12:52 am

    Asians are also over-conscious about the influence of air pollution on health. If you’re in an urban area, this might be another reason.
    For some people with a poor physical constitution, wearing a mask warms their face and reduces rhinorrhea.

     
    • Will S.

      January 29, 2020 at 1:15 am

      Ah.

      Thanks for the helpful explanations, Jack! 🙂

       
  4. Dividualist

    January 29, 2020 at 5:00 am

    That’s superstition, plain simply. When one exhales or coughs, one expels larger droplets a surgical mask can catch. When one does not wear it, a few meters away they become aerosol and even if the other person wears a surgical mask, they will breath it in and get infected. So a surgical mask is only useful for not infecting others, not for not getting infected. Maybe originally East Asians started the habit of wearing them when they had the cold and wanted to be conscientous about not infecting others, or virtue-signalling that. But then it just became a widespread superstition.

     
  5. Carnivore

    January 29, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Went through O’Hare airport (domestic, not international fortunately) and there were quite a few people wearing masks. I did read somewhere that masks provide limited protection since the coronavirus can enter the body through the eyes. A better protection would be to keep one’s hands away from the face and wash hands thoroughly.

    We all know about the bio-lab by Wuhan and the ‘if it moves, crawls or flies we sell it’ food markets. But if you like conspiracy theories, here’s another angle. The 2019 World Military Games (like Olympics for military athletes), at the end of October last year with over 100 countries participating, were held in – guess where? – Wuhan, China.

     

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