n100? cdc and WHO all say N95?
@DianaWest N95 is a hell of a lot cheaper, and much easier to get your hands onto. And sure it is way better than a simple dust mask or nothing at all. It will absolutely stop water droplets containing the virus, but the virus itself is still small enough to pass through the filter.
ahh, bullshit, this is annoying me so much. i guess i just have to hope for the best now. i kind of stopped caring. there is only so much you can do, the rest i suppose is how strong you are and your willpower.
@DianaWest Or you know, just avoid people with the virus, and take basic hygiene precautions.
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I sort of explained the it here, but even the minimum explanation was too boring for the average Joe, so they will just follow the latest fashion trend and assume they are safe. Do face masks protect against coronavirus? ↗
If you read all of that and you still think you need a mask search the internet for lab workers infected with SARS... Even with samples in closed containers like capped vials and petri dishes that are opened for a second or two here or there that reduce the possibility for the sample to become agitated and airborne, with proper aseptic techniques executed, with those samples being contained inside biosafety cabinets of class II or III that have triple pass lab grade HEPA filters with UVC germicidal lamps to sterilize surfaces that catch any airborne particles and take them instantly away from the scientist, with appropriate chemicals to wipe down surfaces, with that biosafety cabinet being air locked inside of a biosafety level 3 facility where airflow only moves in one direction away from the worker towards the sample and then out of the building, with that scientist wearing a properly fitted N95, N100 or PAPR filtered mask that reduced airflow from a breathing human towards the sample so as not to agitate it and carry into the air where a scientist could breath it in and get infected, where those masks are used one time for a short work period and then they are sterilized via autoclave or incineration, where they scientist wears safety gear head to toe, you still have many cases of laboratory workers getting infected. If you think the least significant cheapest part of the larger equation in an extremely controlled environment is going to protect you from full force of coughs and sneezes by the masses out in the real world especially in a hospital setting where many patients are virulent to a high degree well you sir are an optimistic person.
Here's a study about hospital acquired infections of coronavirus since your post asked about it and the image talked about protecting docs in Australia… It’s a bad time to be working in a hospital.jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2761044
I think they are losing something like 10 medical personal per day over in China from this...