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  •  Hello, Peace Corps Mexico, here's a question for (4+ / 0-)

    you...the masks?  We are reading and hearing yes/no/maybe, so what makes you so sure they are effective?  I've read no, they don't actually work, well not the dime store variety anyway/you have to have a good quality surgical type one to make a difference.  But if it prevents people from touching their mouths it must have some benefit, right?  Also, maybe a psychological benefit as well in that everyone feels calmer and as if they have some control over it.  But the hand washing is a better preventative, especially since during the incubation period (when most people don't realize they have it) there is no sneezing and coughing. It's confusing but that's the conclusion I've come to after reading everything I can about it.  BTW, thanks for your work! Wish I could've done Peace Corps myself.

    •  Masks help keep you from inhaling (7+ / 0-)

      air-borne droplets containing the virus. They're not 100% effective, but do help. More importantly, they help keep you and others from expelling droplets with the virus into the air around you. The question isn't so much, "If I do this, does it protect me?" It's "If we do this, does it protect us?"

      "I had seen the universe as it begins for all things. It was, in reality, a child's universe, a tiny and laughing universe." Loren Eiseley

      by cadejo4 on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 11:13:06 AM PDT

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    •  Good points. (4+ / 0-)
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      Catte Nappe, Fury, KimD, litoralis

      Since I am not a doctor, I will not try to address the efficacy of masks in preventing transmission. I am a big believer that the hygiene steps are great frontline protection, and that the mask may have it`s primary benefit in enclosed spaces such as buses.

      In my role here, the psychologic aspect of wearing a mask is important. I simply I believe I should model the behavior that is being recommended by proper authorities.

      I also feel that persons in roles of authority should model such behavior. But the president of the muni here felt that if he handed out masks to his staff while none were available in the store, he could cause a panic. So he prohibits use of masks for employees who aren`t sick. And he sends them home. I really can`t argue with his thinking. I would prefer though, that government employees wear masks in the pulled-down position, and put them into proper position when they enter enclosed spaces. He is working on getting more masks.

      •  where are you P.C. Mex. (0+ / 0-)

        more unsolicited excerpts
        Long story Long story short, again for the benefit of anyone I’ve bored to tears before (I’ve been told), he guessed correctly that the odds of a mid-life career change for me were not favorable; but he was incorrect that the coyote would have any more aptitude then the gringo, me.  Border security has come a long way.  He was stopped I think 6 times.  Any reporter out there, could tell this story better than me. I will mention that he was treated very well on the United States side, although he was warned that if he got caught one more time he’d spend significant time in jail.  (30 days)  He wasn’t interested in risking jail time, even if you get a warm cot and three squares a day on our side. Lack of water and poisonous creatures in the desert etc also figure into any calculations.

         Get your self kicked back enough times across the border and eventually some scum bag thief is going to roll you on the Mexican side.   Bobby (not his real name) was with one other person, waiting to re-group, when exactly that happened.  Since he fortunately had a few bucks to surrender, the bandito’s gun was only placed to Bob’s temple, and not in his mouth, like the penniless soul he was hanging with.  No point in hurting either one though, bad for business, so this businessman only fired his gun off in the air for dramatic effect.  
         I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I received an incoming long distance call on my cell phone from yet a different type entrepreneur in the Phoenix area, telling me he was my friend’s coyote and that everyone was safe and sound in the U.S.  All I knew then was that my friend went off to the border against my advice. This was about April or early May, and at the time I was daydreaming how we could bring down energy prices by releasing the strategic energy reserves slowly over a few years, as part of a grand compromise, with all sides agreeing on new offshore drilling, initiated by me, our future congressman.
         I’d have made a shrewd Representative because I wasn’t falling for this coyote bull crap, I watched "To Tell The Truth" when I was a young, plus I’m very cheap and don’t like talking long distance on my cell phone during the day, (I’d be a deficit hawk); most importantly though, I was never party to this contract between the Mexicans.  I did call this charlatan back on my time schedule, and had my initial suspicions confirmed when I asked another Mexican guy I know well, to talk for me, and nail down the facts.  It’s common knowledge to these honorable veterans of the border region, now living along side us here in Jersey, that evil doers will somehow retrieve phone numbers from pay phones on the Mexican side.
         Later I found out from my friend Beto (his real name), after he threw in the towel and was home, that a Mexican family of one fellow in his group, did get conned, and did pay $3000 to these lying sons of a bitches, (who were playing coyote); and that the real coyote, the real deal, the one who did the actual commerce in human cargo, warned about these low lives.
         To show you what a sweet and thoughtful guy my friend is, consider his actions over the next few days.  After getting wired just enough money from his family for the three day bus journey home; and since he otherwise had just the shirt on his back (no extra frills); my friend was more worried about how bad he smelled to the fellow bus travelers, than what was he going to do with the rest of his life.  He tried a sponge bath in a public restroom.  Now I could very well jump in here and describe these restrooms in great detail since I’ve been to Mexico several times in the past year.  However I’ve been told my writing stinks and now my sarcasm is getting a little thick.  If after all this,  I’ve raised any eyebrow’s, in a favorable way, and not as dread of another diary entry, then I beseech a reporter to beg his editor, to get the accounting department to bequeath some bucks , and someone get their ass (butt) down to Mexico with me!

    •  There are other (2+ / 0-)
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      Fury, Peace Corps Mexico

      groups such as Habitat For Humanity who would welcome your help for a few days or even a few hours.  No special skills are necessary.

      I agree about the masks but anything that calms the helpless panic is a good thing, no.

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