[quote=“ludahai”][quote=“nemesis”]The masks may not acutally stop airborne transmission, but they prevent people from touching their noses and mouths (kids in particular), and that does a great deal to prevent transmission. Didn’t you notice that fewer people had colds and flu during the SARS epidemic?
It is just a matter of time; we should probably all stock up on those horrid masks… this is going to be worse than SARS, going into summer.
I was hoping to go to a resort in Vietnam in August; I’m thinking of changing my plans if that means being quarantined and treated like a diseased freak… Any idea whether holiday travel will be suspended or anything like that?[/quote]
I actually expect this to get much worse into the fall as we return to cooler weather more associated with the seasonal flu. What will happen when (when, not if) this strain works its way into the annual seasonal flu viruses. Also, the 1918 Flu Pandemic largely fizzled out inthe first summer after starting in the Northern Hemisphere spring, but rebounded with a massive vengence in the fall. Not saying the later scenario will happen, the merger into seasonal flu viruses is far more likely, but it is NOT a time to get complacent yet.[/quote]
Sorry to be unclear there; I meant that the discomfort caused by wearing masks will be much worse going into summer. The flu is always worse in colder weather…
And yes, I realize that the discomfort caused by wearing a mask is infinitely preferable to the discomfort of dying from influenza.