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    Anyone who doesn't take COVID-19 seriously needs to read this WP article.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/natio...s/?arc404=true

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracfancier View Post
    Anyone who doesn't take COVID-19 seriously needs to read this WP article.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/natio...s/?arc404=true
    Takes me to a paywall.

    This might be the same article

    https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/world...bfI?li=BBqdk7Q
    Last edited by tomseys; 03-31-2020 at 01:28 PM.
    Member formerly known as "lappers"

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    That poor lady had serious underlying health issues and then got basted in germs from strangers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomseys View Post
    Takes me to a paywall.

    This might be the same article

    https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/world...bfI?li=BBqdk7Q
    Yes, that is it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracfancier View Post
    Anyone who doesn't take COVID-19 seriously needs to read this WP article.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/natio...s/?arc404=true

    Interesting article:

    And if SARS-CoV-2 is transmitting in aerosols, it is possible that virus particles can build up over time in enclosed spaces or be transmitted over greater distances.

    Aerosols are also more likely to be produced by talking and breathing, which might even constitute a bigger risk than sneezing and coughing, says virologist Julian Tang at the University of Leicester, UK. “When someone’s coughing, they turn away, and when they’re sneezing, they turn away,” he says. That’s not the case when we talk and breathe.

    A study of people with influenza found that 39% of people exhaled infectious aerosols5. As long as we are sharing an airspace with someone else, breathing in the air that they exhale, airborne transmission is possible, says Tang....

    ...The assumption should be that airborne transmission is possible unless experimental evidence rules it out, not the other way around, says Tang. That way people can take precautions to protect themselves, he says...

    Meanwhile, Lan and others are calling for the public to wear masks to reduce transmission. Masks are ubiquitous in many countries in Asia. In the United States and some European countries, however, health officials have discouraged people from wearing them, in part because supplies are low and health-care workers need them. The Czech Republic and Slovakia, however, have made it mandatory for people to wear masks outside the home. Tang thinks those countries have taken the right approach.

    “They are following the southeast Asia approach. If everyone can mask, it is double, two-way protection,” he says.
    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00974-w

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    It's Time to Face Facts, America: Masks Work

    ....Masks reduce the spread of infectious disease by catching microbes expelled by the wearer and protecting the wearer from microbes in their environment. When we cough, sneeze, talk, or simply breathe we emit a plume of air and droplets, which are largely composed of saliva, mucus, salts, and—if we are infected—potentially dangerous microbes. The smallest of these droplets, sometimes called aerosols, may hover or drift through the air for hours, potentially exposing anyone who enters that airspace. Larger droplets may travel only a few feet—or up to 26 feet if propelled by a sneeze—before falling to the ground or onto another surface, such as someone’s skin or clothes....

    Although surgical masks are not tightly sealed like N95s, the filters they contain are still a major impediment to microbes. The CDC and other health agencies often say that surgical masks catch only spurts of bodily fluids and very large respiratory droplets, and that they cannot filter tiny infectious particles. But this is simply not true....
    https://www.wired.com/story/its-time...ca-masks-work/


    Q: What mistakes are other countries making?

    A: The big mistake in the U.S. and Europe, in my opinion, is that people aren’t wearing masks. This virus is transmitted by droplets and close contact. Droplets play a very important role—you’ve got to wear a mask, because when you speak, there are always droplets coming out of your mouth. Many people have asymptomatic or presymptomatic infections. If they are wearing face masks, it can prevent droplets that carry the virus from escaping and infecting others.
    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020...scientist-says-


    A man infected with coronavirus spread the virus to nine other people on his bus, raising fears the killer infection can jump between people far easier than initially thought in confined places.

    A study found two victims sitting 4.5 metres (14.7ft) away from the man were later diagnosed, which is four times what is considered a 'safe distance' to stand near an COVID-19 patient.

    None of the people who wore a face mask on the bus ride were diagnosed with COVID-19, indicating that those taking extra precaution on public transport are protected.

    In total, the man led to 13 others being infected. At the time, a crisis had not been declared in the country, where the virus originated. Now more than 114,400 cases and 4,000 deaths have been confirmed worldwide.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...eople-bus.html

    (this study was later retracted)


    More than 1,000 in US die in a single day from coronavirus, doubling the worst daily death toll of the flu

    The U.S. topped 1,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day for the first time Wednesday, a daily death toll more than double that of two of America's most deadly illnesses – lung cancer and the flu.
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...lu/5100905002/


    The CDC Now Recommends Americans Wear Face Masks
    https://www.wired.com/story/cdc-says...97b_popular4-1


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    Of course, even with the CDC now getting on board with voluntary mask wearing for Americans, not everyone wants to or will do it:

    US President Donald Trump has said he will not wear a face mask despite new medical guidance advising Americans to do so. He could not see himself greeting "presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens" in the Oval Office while wearing one, he said. He stressed that the guidance released on Friday was "voluntary".

    "You do not have to do it," he said. "I don't think I'm going to be doing it."

    The guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the government's public health advisory agency, came as the US reported more than 1,100 deaths in a single day - the highest total for a 24-hour period anywhere in the world.

    "Sitting in the Oval Office... I somehow don't see it for myself."
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52161529
    Last edited by tomseys; 04-04-2020 at 10:20 AM.

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    Here is a potential source for masks, slightly more expensive than the 3M N95 8210 and 3M R95 8246 ones I purchased from Walmart back in January.
    I know nothing about the brand offered here, or if the companies are reliable.

    https://slickdeals.net/f/13959329-kn...#post135976361

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    N 95-rated masks are not something that most need to be concerned with, and that supply should be reserved or directed to front line health professionals.

    More basic and lower cost surgical-style masks are sufficient in preventing one's random oral/nasal fluid/droplet output from being spread.

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    One last one... (okay, 3)

    Another interesting article about the successful use of masks against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) in countries like Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and in Europe:

    To mask or not to mask: WHO makes U-turn while US, Singapore abandon pandemic advice and tell citizens to start wearing masks

    (about Singapore) One reason for the change of heart is that as Covid-19 ravaged countries like Italy and Spain, and spiked alarmingly elsewhere, experts noticed that communities used to wearing masks had recorded slower infection rates.

    In Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam, wearing masks in public is so widely accepted that those who leave home barefaced risk dirty looks or being told off. In Europe, the Czech Republic and Slovakia bucked the western trend, encouraging the use of masks by everyone.

    Professor Yuen Kwok-yung, the University of Hong Kong’s (HKU) top microbiologist and an early proponent of wearing masks in the city, has described the case of a seven-year-old girl who resisted Covid-19 while her family members fell sick.

    In a study published in the medical journal Lancet, he said the family of six travelled to Wuhan, the epicentre of China’s Covid-19 outbreak, and the girl was the only one in the family who did not contract the virus. The reason: she wore masks throughout their trip.

    Dr Leung Chi-chiu, chairman of the advisory committee on communicable diseases at the Hong Kong Medical Association, said the universal use of masks was vital in reducing the spread of the virus.

    “Transmission from asymptomatic infected individuals has been documented for Covid-19, and viral load is particularly high at the early stage of the disease. Masking, as a public health intervention, will probably intercept the transmission link,” he said.
    “Universal masking, as a package of anti-epidemic measures, including greater social distancing and hand hygiene, has been instrumental in keeping Covid-19 in check,” said infectious diseases expert Professor David Hui Shu-cheong of the Chinese University of Hong Kong."

    In Europe, the Czech Republic was the first to make it mandatory to wear a mask while in public, and said it helped rein in its Covid-19 numbers. The country of 10.6 million had 3,237 confirmed cases and 31 deaths as of end March, compared with more than 115,000 cases and almost 14,000 deaths in Italy and over 110,000 cases and 10,000 deaths in Spain.
    There have been some concerns about the improper use of masks, and whether they give users a false sense of security, causing them to ignore critical hand-hygiene advice.

    However, HKU’s Benjamin Cowling, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, said: “I am not clear why there is a different standard applied to use in the community, that face masks are really, really an important part of protection of medical workers – I agree with that – but somehow not effective at all in the general community because people don’t know how to wear masks properly.

    “If that’s really the case, the solution is to have a public education campaign, not to avoid recommending the use of masks.”
    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/...-turn-while-us


    Taiwan to donate 10 million masks to countries hit hardest by coronavirus:

    Despite being one of the countries expected to be hardest hit by COVID-19, Taiwan as of Wednesday had a total of only 329 cases and five deaths.
    https://abcnews.go.com/Health/taiwan...ry?id=69918187


    To help stop coronavirus, everyone should be wearing face masks. The science is clear:

    Prof David Heymann CBE, a World Health Organization (WHO) adviser, said, “I think that wearing a mask is equally effective or more effective than distancing.

    In a paper published in Nature on Friday, a five-year study from the University of Hong Kong and the University of Maryland has found that a simple non-fitted mask blocked 100% of coronavirus droplets and aerosol. There’s a vast chasm between what the science is showing and what many countries are doing. Masks may be the most important weapon in our war on the virus. But we’re not even using it.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...op-coronavirus


    CDC page on using masks:

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019...macBOzLu1e7pAc
    Last edited by tomseys; 04-04-2020 at 01:36 PM.

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    Looks like something new on the Tracfone site - an "Emergency Connect Service Plan", I don't recall seeing this before


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    https://www.tracfone.com/shop/plans (other plans)

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    An older FCC notice from March 13th listing companies that have agreed to (includes Tracfone):

    Given the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on American society, [[Company Name]] pledges for the next 60 days to:

    (1) not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic;

    (2) waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and

    (3) open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them

    https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachme...C-363033A1.pdf



    Related:
    FCC proposes to fine TracFone Wireless $6 million for subsidy violations
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKBN21K3CJ

    Unrelated/related
    Some light easy reading about the SARS-CoV-2 genome structure
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...=pocket-newtab

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    (3) open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them
    I was disappointed to find that comcast put out a big press release announcing that they were opening hotspots and forgot to mention that they were only opening business hotspots. None of the xfinitywifi access points in my neighborhood are open, they all offer a free hour if you sign up and give them your email and agree to their privacy policy and then they upsell like mad.

    I haven’t tried a business hotspot yet but a reporter from the Santa Fe paper tried and failed,

    https://www.sfreporter.com/news/2020.../got-internet/


    We spent hours sitting outside shuttered Santa Fe businesses identified on Comcast's map of public Xfinity hotspots, trying to connect while different representatives gave vexingly different responses to basic questions over the phone.

    After an hour of free internet, a pop-up box informed us that we would have to purchase a payment plan in order to keep using the service.

    In a later email, a Comcast spokeswoman tells SFR "if a consumer is being asked to pay for additional time they are most likely logged onto a residential hotspot, which are not a part of our COVID-19 open access." Despite these reassurances, we still can't connect.

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    Yeah, this Comcast offer and their effort has turned out to be pretty much a big nothing. I thought it was a great idea, but no. And I'm a Comcast customer.

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    I just got a text message on my iPhone telling me I'm getting an extra free 2GB of data to go with my unlimited plan. I'm letting the plan expire in 2 days so I'm not sure if it will do me any good since I'm not sure if the data (almost 3GB) will roll over for one month with my normal balance.. I'll see soon.

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    Read on another forum that someone got a text for a free GB of data.

    Might be worth it to text covid to 611611 and see if anything comes.. or at least watch out for some free data offering from Tracfone.

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