Coronavirus 2019-2020 thread (no unsubstantiated rumours!)


Temstar

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Not happy? then don't wear it....LOL.

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I would like to point out that KN95 is a Chinese standard and counterpart to the US N95 standard. Back in 2020 the US wouldn't accept these masks because it didn't conform to their standards (even though N95 and KN95 are very nearly identical). Now 2 years later US still can't produce enough N95 masks to supply itself and have long since relented and allowed KN95 imports.
 

KYli

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I would like to point out that KN95 is a Chinese standard and counterpart to the US N95 standard. Back in 2020 the US wouldn't accept these masks because it didn't conform to their standards (even though N95 and KN95 are very nearly identical). Now 2 years later US still can't produce enough N95 masks to supply itself and have long since relented and allowed KN95 imports.
It isn't that they can't produce enough N95. It is more due to the fact that its masks are ten times more expensive than Chinese ones. Except a few companies that have contracts with big hospitals and government, many N95 manufacturers are forced to shut down due to insufficient demands.
 

Tyler

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It isn't that they can't produce enough N95. It is more due to the fact that its masks are ten times more expensive than Chinese ones. Except a few companies that have contracts with big hospitals and government, many N95 manufacturers are forced to shut down due to insufficient demands.
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They can produce enough high quality masks?
 

Bellum_Romanum

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I would like to point out that KN95 is a Chinese standard and counterpart to the US N95 standard. Back in 2020 the US wouldn't accept these masks because it didn't conform to their standards (even though N95 and KN95 are very nearly identical). Now 2 years later US still can't produce enough N95 masks to supply itself and have long since relented and allowed KN95 imports.
And N95 was invented by a Chinese-American man, so at the end of the day, wether they prefer using N95 or K95 masks they'll still end up using a Chinese made/invented product.
 

KYli

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They can produce enough high quality masks?
They can but doesn't mean they would. Those manufacturers aren't stupid. A year ago, 3M already cut back assembly lines and fire workers when demand just slowdown a bit. From 3M's perspective, profits come first. Unless the US government is willing to sign a multi-years and multi-billions contracts with 3M or other N95 manufacturers and pay premium to secure supplies. There would always be shortage of high quality masks.

In the end of the day, the US government isn't willing to pay ten times the prices to secure N95 when KN95 masks are just as good. You can see it from those KN95 masks that got distributed in Congress. The issue isn't that they can or can't. The issue is they don't have the will to do it in the first place.
 

Phead128

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Mask makes very little difference. Gap between mask and face is 0.1 millimeters. Virus is 0.1 micrometers. 1,000 times smaller. Mask is not meant to stop virus. Only lab grade hazmat suit can stop virus because it is air tight. But it costs thousands of dollars and not very practical outside a lab.
Most viral particles coagulate into droplets which are large enough to be filtered masks. Very rarely is it aerolized into micrometer form (must be coughing very hard to do this). This isn't a lab-based environment, it's proven in COVID wards where masks as source control and destination control works. Do you see ICU nurses with N95 masks getting COVID when working in close contact with hundreds of COVID patients who also wear masks in ICUs? No, you don't, dippy.

Also, reported for being the same troll alt account. I suggest others report too.
 

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