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Prof MacIntyre says "Wear Face Masks Now."


MANY Australians will scoff at the very idea of wearing a face mask in public, yet it's a highly effective way to protect yourself against swine flu.

The potentially life-saving accessory should be worn in all "crowded situations", says University of NSW Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Raina MacIntyre.

This includes the bus and the train on your work commute and other confined public spaces like a plane.

"We're one month away from the start of winter and we've already had suspected (swine flu) cases in Australia and New Zealand," said Professor MacIntyre, a member of the Scientific Influenza Advisory Group to the Chief Medical Officer of Australia.


Probable death toll in Mexico at 103;
11 Australians checked - four cleared (2 Qld, 2 NSW), seven still being tested (2 Qld, 5 NSW);
Possible infections in United States, Canada, Europe, Israel and New Zealand;
No deaths have occurred outside Mexico from the new strain of swine flu but 20 cases have been identified in the United States and six in Canada.

Next time you board a tram or sit in a crowded theater, I want you to hear every cough and every sniffle as loud as a gunshot. If it comes here in force, a disposable paper mask could save your life.

This flu kills strong people in their 20s. It makes short work the elderly, the young and the infirm.

Treat it with respect, prepare, and hope the Mexican quarantine works.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 27th, 2009 11:02 am (UTC)
I'm following the advice of some medical professor I saw on TV this morning, who said not to panic.
Apr. 27th, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)
I agree. Panic can kill.
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Apr. 27th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
Deleted, because it sounded snarky when that wasn't my intent. Sorry. But yeah, I'm not sure how much protection a mask can offer a wearer against a virus.
Apr. 27th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
My great-grandmother died in the 1918 pandemic and as much as I'd like not to panic, I tend to easily and often get the flu. I find hygeine important, and am careful of what I touch. I don't yet plan on using a face mask.
Apr. 27th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
I heard this morning that they've got suspected cases in my city, which isn't surprising since we're next door to Mexico. I'm expecting to see plenty of chaos over the next few days. Are people actually wearing masks there yet?
Apr. 29th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
I guess I'm the only one wearing a mask regularly that I can see. I've also got a 10 day supply of canned food and clean water.
May. 2nd, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
why do governments use thermal imaging only on incoming travellers?wouldn't it helpful if countries affected by swine flu detected outgoing passengers and detain them instead of allowing them to travel and spreading the virus? after all the virus could come round again to it's place of origin with vehemence like in the 1918 pandemic.
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