I’d forgotten I’d done this until the package arrived from Amazon, but Melissa and I were watching Contagion on Sunday night, and sometime during the first act I ordered a box of surgical masks.
Scariest movie I’ve seen in a long time.
You should check out Doomsday Preppers. Lots of things to worry about.
Speaking of preppers, I’m not one, but I got this in a forward from the in-laws:
They’re good for something.
Stockpiling bacon and vodka has to be good.
Maybe Amazon should contract with Google to use their Gmail Goggles technology.
Also, never post while winking.
Oops, I meant while drinking.
After our guests went home and my wife went to bed at our minor NYE house party this year, I sat in the recliner listening to some cable channel that was playing 80s music. The Smiths came on, and not having heard their stuff in so long and really liking it, I apparently pulled out the smartphone and ordered a box set with everything they ever did! Waking up late in the afternoon Jan 1, I noticed the Amazon email. “WTF?” I’m thinking. Luckily, when I’m hammered I can still recognize a deal–was only $48 for around 6 or 7 CDs in a pretty cool package (each CD was in an exact replica of its original vinyl LP cover, including a poster one album was issued with).
I usually chock these things up to the Homer Simpson adage: Alcohol, the cause of, and solution to, all life’s problems.
Stephen, I’m sorry to say that surgical masks will do absolutely no good for you in an outbreak. You need an N-95 mask that has been fitted for you and your family as they are not interchangeable. Additionally, they are single use only. I think the best method is to increase the ratio of alcohol to blood to render the blood more like an antiseptic thus killing any pathogen that might find its way in.
Noted. And appreciated.
I disagree, slightly. An N-95 rated mask is certainly better than a surgical mask, but a surgical mask is much, MUCH better than nothing.
Those viruses and bacteria don’t typically float around in the air on nothing. They are most often riding on a bit of dead skin, or in a mucous or spit droplet (lovely). And the surgical mask will block those.
Another factor is that many pathogens are passed by touching your mouth or nose with your own contaminated hands. Surgical masks work great to block that path. Just don’t rub your eyes!
And yes, I’ve been a prepper for 25+ years.
I sat up one night and watched Contagion on my own, as my beloved was not willing to subject herself to nightmares for weeks on end. Thoroughly enjoyed it, and it was disturbing as hell. No, those are not mutually exclusive in my world. That’s just how I role.
How far away are we from designer viruses?
Just finished watching it. Our daughter’s micro-biology teacher recommended it. I read “The American Plague” (by Crosby, there’s several books with similar titles), which is about Yellow Fever, last month. Very well written.
My sister is a PhD in viral pathology. She once sent me a picture of her working in a level 4 lab that one of my co-workers thought was from NASA. Whenever one of these movies, I always ask her about the “reality” factor. She always shrugs and says “Possible, but so is winning the lottery”. I figure, she has already mixed it up with pretty much all the really nasty things out there and lives to tell about it.
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