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Old 12th August 2020, 08:53 PM
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How do mask wearing and social distancing stack up against each other in open public areas?

Do you think it is necessary to wear a mask outside in circumstances where you can very easily maintain effective social distancing?

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Stay safe. Wear a mask.
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Stay safe. Wear a mask.
Stay safe, maintain social distancing when in outside areas, where a mask in closed public areas.

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Stay safe, maintain social distancing when in outside areas, where a mask in closed public areas.
If you cant find your mask you are at risk. Just wear it.
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If you cant find your mask you are at risk. Just wear it.
I know where my masks are and I carry at least 2 clean ones with me all the time. Just keep your distance

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Well, living in a large city I always wear a mask when I head out the door. If I go hiking along the coastal chaparral I carry a mask in my hand in the event I encounter another hiker on the narrow trails. However, when my wife and I hop on our tandem for a ride we remove our masks at the start and put them back on when we get off. Stay safe and wear your mask whenever you may be in close proximity to others.
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If you cant find your mask you are at risk. Just wear it.

A mask doesn't protect you. It protects other people from you if you are contagious.

Masks are more important indoors because you are less able to keep your distance. A/C or fans help move things around. But outdoors with a reasonable distance the mask is just for show. 3 or 4 metres the mask isn't helping anybody .

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It really isn't an either-or situation. Both masks and social distancing are ways to reduce your risk and the risk of those around you to infection. There is no way (not yet anyhow) to completely eliminate the risk of contracting the virus.

And, there is now evidence that the smallest of the viral particles can hang in the air for longer than was originally thought. It's not yet clear how much of a "viral load" is required for someone to become infected. While you may be able to avoid coming within two meters of other people you see when you are out and about, you have no idea who was in a given space 5 or 10 minutes ago who may have coughed or sneezed, or just expelled viral particles as they jogged past.

The efficacy of either masks or distancing is not perfect, but using both reduces your chances of infection by just that much more.

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Way back when all this started I took in the very simple pictograph on the French government website, it made perfect sense to me then and it still does. If you're around another person and neither of you wears a mask, neither of you has protection. If one wears a mask and the other doesn't, the one wearing the mask has a teensy bit of protection and the other one has a decent bit of protection. If you both wear masks, you both have the decent bit of protection because the other is wearing a mask plus the teensy bit of protection because you're wearing one = the most you can get from masks. Since then, millions of words have been written about wearing masks but I don't think anything has fundamentally undermined that very basic explanation.
https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-cor...s-grand-public

I don't get why people blow this up into such a big deal. Unless you really have a problem with masks, just do it.

I belong to a motorhome forum and one of the ladies on there offered to make masks for members, with the forum logo embroidered on them. I got mine a couple of days ago and they're great - green, with a little campervan logo at one edge, and they have the little metal strips so they grip your nose and your specs don't get steamed up. I'm actually looking forward to wearing it


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How do mask wearing and social distancing stack up against each other in open public areas?

Do you think it is necessary to wear a mask outside in circumstances where you can very easily maintain effective social distancing?
This is more an invitation to a debate than a scientific question.
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