Skip to comments.Americans told to wear masks as swine flu spreads round globe
Posted on 04/26/2009 12:42:27 PM PDT by Crazieman
Doctors in America are advising worried patients to buy painters masks as a precaution against the global outbreak of swine flu that appears to have spread from Mexico to the United States, New Zealand and possibly Europe.
With the worldwide death toll standing at about 81 and with about 1,300 people infected, authorities across the globe are torn between the desire to slow down a potential flu pandemic and the need to avoid bringing major cities on every continent to an economic standstill.
As of today, the US was still allowing people to cross the border from Mexico where it is thought the swine flu emerged last week although customs officials at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa border crossings were given protective masks. It is thought that eight people in US border towns have gone down with swine flu, and tonight Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that a further eight cases have been confirmed among students in New York.
(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...
People are coming in from Mexico? Who knew?
‘Americans told to wear masks’....because Obama and the democrats refuse to close the borders or even check people coming into this country!
More proof that the PC crap coming from this administration is going to get us all killed!
Add painters dust mask’ to the list next to the plastic sheeting and duct tape of useless items the Department of Homeland Stupidity recommends in the event of an emergency.
Really, if these masks work so great then how come I still have white buggers in my nose after sanding on some sheetrock while wearing one?
I think there are masks in all those Y2K survival kits that basically the same bunch as this were promoting.
U.S. Human Cases of Mexican Swine Flu Infection State # of laboratory confirmed cases
California 7 cases
Kansas 2 cases
New York City 8 cases
Ohio 1 case
Texas 2 cases
TOTAL COUNT 20 cases
“With the worldwide death toll standing at about 81...”
Mexico is now the world? Idiot.
I still want to know how the man running the company responsible for breaching Zero’s, McCain’s, and Clintons passport records goes from that, to national intell advisor, to director of the CDC.
That is pure speculation on what Bush would have done in this circumstance. He is not in office..OBAMA IS IN OFFICE AND OUT PLAYING GOLF TODAY!
A virus is smaller than the holes in those masks ....
Of course, as usual GWB and Cheney will be to blame. Too bad the epidemic proportions of the issue had to interrupt Obama’s golf game. But then we had someone as wise as Carnack to lead us through, the one and only Mz. Napaliano.
Hope everyone in the Obama administration wears a face mask. It will help me save money on my weekly supply of heart-burn meds.
Gads..... Robert Gibbs looks like crap in that photo!!! Lack of sleep and pale. I wonder what the hell is going on.
Ok, what politian has stock in the company that makes these?
Yeah, they are. I don’t get it. That would be completely ineffective.
I hope this is the same flu bug I just got done dealing with.
I caught the flu 2 weeks ago and just yesterday started feeling 100% again.
I’m not ready to have to deal with another or even worse one yet.
I heard a little of the presser on XM radio on the way to the store and what little I heard...was not reassuring at all!
Nothing would surprise me in regards to this whole thing. One thing is certain though...This country was not attacked after 911 on President Bush’s watch!
You need a better mask!
Does the Prez really thnk a thin paper or cloth mask will stop a VIRUS?
Even if it is a full blown pandemic, with millions of people dying they would not close the border. Why? Because it is “racist”. And not appearing racist is more important than the health, safety, and security of American citizens. [BTW, citizen is a quasi-racist term too]
If this is a full blown epidemic, rest assured Mr. Napaliano will order the arrest of veterans and other right wing extremists. After all, they COULD be dangerous. Infected Mexicans streaming across the border are okay, though.
I just listened to a presser with the Canadian Minister of Health. She sounded as scared as someone who's been told they have a serious disease.
Thanks for the report. It appears that the American ‘officials’ just don’t give a crap! They are doing nothing that should be done and some reports are saying that ‘US Officials’ knew about this virus ‘before last week-end’!
We won’t ever get the truth out of them though and the media in America will ask nothing other than soft balled questions designed to give them an out at every turn.
I haven’t slept well since Zero was sworn in and this is a perfect example of why.
Evidently the CDC under the Obama reign of terror doesn't realize the skin is the largest organ in the body. A virus can enter any pore.
The nasal passages just give it easier access to the body, unless of course, your a Mexican at a tea bag party with Barney Frank.
It might be effective to the extent of blocking droplets if someone sneezes or coughs on you, and it will keep you from inadvertently touching your nose or mouth after coming in contact with an infected surface.
“I still want to know how the man running the company responsible for breaching Zeros, McCains, and Clintons passport records goes from that, to national intell advisor, to director of the CDC.”
Please explain this. I haven’t heard about this yet and am very curious.
Can The Times find Spain on a map?
Just do a search of “John Brennan” and the passport breach during the campaign.
Just last week he was a deputy intell advisor to Obama and today he spoke during the presser as Director of the CDC.
“Call me crazy but I bet this bio-terrorism has been in the works since the Bush administration when we were all warned in 2006.”
One does wonder. It’s certainly possible and it would be tailor made for the weaknesses of our country at the moment.
It’s also telling that the Director of HOMELAND SECURITY has taken charge of this crisis. It this is bioterrorism, that would be the correct department to deal with this.
Wow. Interesting. Thank you.
Was there any funds set aside for swine flu masks in the massive PORKULUS BILLS?
Anything that causes a barrier between you, the potential host, and the person with the illness is going to be effective to some extent. The other way the mask works is that if you touch an object that has the virus, you are less likely to then directly touch your mouth, nose, etc., which often provides easy entry.
There is a lot of wisdom in wearing a mask. Why people on here don’t understand it only shows me they have not done some basic study on infectious disease.
Get San Fran Nan Peloser a mask and stop scaring the children. Do it for the children.
Catching sneeze drops at best.
If anyone came into my store/bank wearing a mask, that person would be shot on sight.
This might work, but I doubt that there are enough to go around.
This will scare youhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/talking_point/8018428.stm
Also on “site.”
who told anybody to wear mask?
Was Janet Manpolitano’s briefing today?
You and I caught that thing about the same time.
Couldn`t even hardly walk to the bathroom,today`s
the first day I`ve spent up and eating solid food
Horrible experience,wasn`t even aware of the swine
outbreak till yesterday not listening to news
Would have freaked thinking it was SF I had
Right - so when someone breathes that virus whether or not they’re wearing a mask they’ll get it ...
Well that is true ... I always carry a small bottle of sanitizer with me ...
I’ll do it when they make one that has a hole in it to let me smoke.
No, the mask will catch the aerosolized droplet, offering some measure of protection. So those walking around with masks on actually do decrease their risk of infection somewhat.
Does the virus get spread as an isolated organism, or is it carried by water droplets (such as from a sneeze)?
Almost a year ago this 30 second commercial started playing around Ohio. Very mysterious - almost as if it was setting us up. I’m not paranoid, but in light of the recent happenings, this is all the more mysterious. One of the phrases - “It will happen again!”. OhioPandemicFlu.Gov. I really encourage you to take 30 seconds to watch this.
Thank you for posting this! I referenced it another thread but wouldn’t have known the link and couldn’t remember enough to find it during a search.