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MASKS DON’T WORK ON FLU?!

By Pete Moore On September 16th, 2020

It’s an epidemiological breakthrough!

Everyone knows (“knows”) that chin hammocks work against the Chinese Virus. However we can now see that they have no effect on the influenza virus. What an extraordinary thing. You’d expect the soggy cotton to have the same effect on the flu, but more people have been dying of flu and pneumonia in the UK since June, that of Covid-19.

Well that puts things into perspective. Maybe, just maybe, your flimsy linen is pointless, no-one is dying of Covid-19 any more, you don’t have to be scared but half the country never wanted April to end.

Wakey wakey at the back.

9 Responses to “MASKS DON’T WORK ON FLU?!”

  1. For the 115th time, this is not a flu virus, it is a coronavirus. The clue is the name.

    As to masks, another reason to wear them may be that because they are not totally effective they may reduce the received viral load sufficiently to ensure that you gain immunity, a bit like a vaccine in fact:

    “As SARS-CoV-2 continues its global spread, it’s possible that one of the pillars of Covid-19 pandemic control — universal facial masking — might help reduce the severity of disease and ensure that a greater proportion of new infections are asymptomatic. If this hypothesis is borne out, universal masking could become a form of “variolation” that would generate immunity and thereby slow the spread of the virus in the United States and elsewhere, as we await a vaccine…”

    https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2026913?utm_medium=email&utm_source=CampaignMonitor_Editorial&utm_campaign=LNCH++20200916++House+Ads++SM+CID_de6684cd9aaf5aaeece8507192eb91af

  2. For the 115th time, this is not a flu virus, it is a coronavirus. The clue is the name.

    You may have misunderstood. But you seem to suggest that soggy cotton blocks corona viruses but not influenza viruses.

    If this hypothesis is borne out, universal masking could become a form of “variolation” that would generate immunity and thereby slow the spread of the virus in the United States and elsewhere, as we await a vaccine…”

    The Wuhan Flu is rapidly spiralling down the league table of things we need to protect against. Why “universal masking” against a virus which is killing even fewer than the influenza virus?

  3. Why “universal masking” against a virus which is killing even fewer than the influenza virus?

    You left out two words at the end: “For now”. The UK reported 4,000 infections today which is 1,000 more than yesterday. So infections appear to be doubling in less than a week. If this continues we will be reporting 10,000 daily infections before the end of this month. And the uptick will inevitably result in more hospitalisations and more deaths, maybe not as bad as April-May but not good when we will be in the winter flu season. So if masks help to mitigate that threat, most reasonable people would agree that masks are worth wearing:

    “Yet Covid-19 has potentially exponential characteristics, as we saw earlier in the pandemic after the R value had been out of control. Daily deaths seemed to go from a dozen to 100 to nearly 1,000 in the veritable blink of an eye. Let us conduct a little statistical experiment to highlight what we are dealing with. Suppose that no new restraints are imposed and the R value (which may already be up to 1.7) reaches two for a month or so. Let us further assume an infectivity cycle of half a week and a hospitalisation rate of just three per cent (it may actually be a little higher than that).

    What we get is basically a real-world illustration of the Wheat And Chessboard problem that many of us learned about in our school days – where each square on the board has twice as many grains placed on it as the previous one. We start off with 3,500 confirmed daily cases. After a week, that has become 14,000. Another week on, and it is 56,000. By the time four weeks are up it has hit almost 900,000. Based on our assumptions, the initial 3,500 daily cases will result in just over 100 new hospitalisations per day – about what we’ve got at the moment. But in a month’s time that will have risen to a little shy of 30,000 – completely unsustainable, deaths in the corridors stuff…”

    https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/cut-boris-some-slack-on-the-rule-of-six-

  4. Is it flu season in Britain?

    You don’t have many frostbite injuries in July either.

  5. unless you fall asleep with your feet in beer cooler……

  6. Ah, you heard that about Pete

  7. lol

  8. Is it flu season in Britain?

    I get my flu jab at the end of this month, so it’s soon. We are already at the equinox.

  9. got mine actually this morning.

    friggin shoulder hurts this time….. must be gates chip….

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