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    washingtonpost | Ariana Eunjung Cha | 8/8/20 | 13 min
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    • Pegeen
      Reading streakScoutScribe
      1 month ago

      Encouraging. I find masks uncomfortable, and I’m trying different ones, but it’s a small sacrifice for the good they seem to do. Does anyone have a style of mask that they can recommend that fits safety requirements and is comfortable (and adjustable)?

      • jeff
        Top reader this weekReading streakScribe
        1 month ago

        After trying a few different types I've found surgical masks to be the most comfortable by a pretty wide margin. I recently bought these ones and they seem pretty solid but it freaks me out that Amazon has so many identical looking masks all from brands I've never heard of. I'll be ordering from ULINE or another industrial supplier next time now that they have some products back in stock.

        • Pegeen
          Reading streakScoutScribe
          1 month ago

          Hey, thanks so much for the info! Will check it out.

    • bartadamley
      ScoutScribe
      1 month ago

      Very informative article on further understanding why asymptomatic infection may actually be a good thing.

      “A high rate of asymptomatic infection is a good thing,” said Gandhi, an infectious-disease specialist at the University of California at San Francisco. “It’s a good thing for the individual and a good thing for society.”

    • jeff
      Top reader this weekReading streakScribe
      1 month ago

      I think it's a bit disconcerting that even the good news is due more to us misunderstanding the virus (not so novel, high asymptomatic spread is good, masks protect the wearer) rather than some new medical breakthrough. I know this is just the process of scientific research playing out but damn does it feel frustratingly slow under the circumstances of a public health emergency. Still better than more bad news!

      • SEnkey
        ScoutScribe
        1 month ago

        A very valid point. Still I think the point is the 'us' that is misunderstanding. I get the feeling like a lot of the specialist have been saying 'there is a lot we don't know' or 'we think this or have observed that but aren't sure why'. To me it highlights the poor job our national government and media have done informing us of what we face and what is going on.

    • Florian
      Reading streakScribe
      1 month ago

      Yes, definitely nice to read something encouraging for once. Let’s see how this theory works out

    • SEnkey
      ScoutScribe
      1 month ago

      Lots of fascinating and encouraging news here. This bit in particular:

      The numbers on two cruise ships were especially striking. In the Diamond Princess, where masks weren’t used and the virus was likely to have roamed free, 47 percent of those tested were asymptomatic. But in the Antarctic-bound Argentine cruise ship, where an outbreak hit in mid-March and surgical masks were given to all passengers and N95 masks to the crew, 81 percent were asymptomatic.

      Wear a mask!