With the shortage of masks, the only folks who should be wearing them out in public are the ones who feel ill (better yet, they should stay fucking home).
Sorry Flasket, you are wrong. Rirawin is talking out of his ass and trying to virtue signal on behalf of his race or something.
I lived in Japan for 6 years and most people there wear masks when they are healthy, to stay healthy.
They use them to block polution and viruses on public transport. More common to see elderly wearing them. They are usually not being polite because they have a cold, the ones with masks are the healthy ones. Wearing a mask when you have a cold is a nightmare anyway, soon as you sneeze in one you gotta change it out.
Westerners can't seem to get this basic fact through their thick fucking skulls. An asian woman here was verbally abused and told to leave a clinic recently because she had a mask on, turns out she was a cancer patient with a weakened immune system trying not to get infected.
The stereotype is Japan/Asia = polite so people wear them to be polite and not infect others when they're sick. This has never been the case and is not the case now.
EVERYONE in Wuhan has a mask. That's part of the reason they got it under control. EVERYONE here needs to wear masks too but our official advice is still we don't need one unless we're sick and wearing one when you're healthy won't make any difference.
Simple physics. If EVERYONE is wearing masks, healthy and sick there are TWO barriers that particles have to pass through to infect someone. That's better than nothing or only one barrier.
I heard the Army in Australia is manufacturing masks now, they better start supplying them, because this is key, everyone needs one STAT.
Swiftus, get educated, pay attention, don't listen to government. They are trying to stop panic by saying you don't need one. You do. They want to reserve the ones they can get for health care workers. Fair enough. But they're lying to you that they're ineffective.
Jgirl n me, 2013, tokyo transit system in winter. perfectly healthy, trying to stay that way: