Slate Star Codex: Face Masks: Much More Than You Wanted To Know

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Recommended by Tyler Cowen, a fascinating technical analysis of masks, surgical and N95 (respirators) as anti-infection devices. My main takeaway, UNscientific to be sure, is that any mask is better than none in terms of preventing the spread of infection to persons not wearing a mask, even if no mask is certain to prevent infection for the person wearing it. Simply put, if you wear a mask you will protect others from you, even if the mask doesn’t protect you from others.

3 thoughts on “Slate Star Codex: Face Masks: Much More Than You Wanted To Know

  1. Taking recommendations form a fictional character again?

    Any mask is helpful, IMO. However, the people who are sick should be wearing them (The any’s, I mean.). The people who are treating the sick really need the N95’s to protect themselves properly.

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    1. RE: “Taking recommendations form [sic] a fictional character again?”

      What in the world are you referring to? Tyler Cowen, who recommended the article on his blog, is a well known and highly popular economist who teaches at George Mason University. If you think he is a fictional character, you can look him up at Wikipedia. The author of the source, Scott Alexander is, according to his “About” page, “a psychiatrist on the US West Coast. You can email him at scott[at]slatestarcodex[dot]com. Note that emailing bloggers who say they are psychiatrists is a bad way to deal with your psychiatric emergencies, and you might wish to consider talking to your doctor or going to a hospital instead.”

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      1. Sorry. Got my Tyler’s confused. I thought it was Durden from Zerohedge. Mea culpa.

        As far as emailing psychiatrists, I couldn’t agree more. However, it appears you quoted from his page and was not offering direct advice to me. 😉

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