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  • Originally posted by K82 View Post

    If I was having surgery and could only have the surgeon either wear gloves or wear a mask, I would take the gloves. Wouldn't you?

    I haven't searched to see if a study has been done on the comparison, I doubt one exists, but it would be interesting.

    In regards to mask wearing. You already noted that the virus is airborne. The biggest benefit of wearing a mask is to prevent droplet spread. With airborne transmission our paper masks are merely theater in that environment. We have the benefit of looking back at over two years of results of different states and countries mandating different levels of precaution regarding Covid. Recent charts show no identifiable difference in death rate and case rate between states that had strict mandates (NY) compared to those with minimal restrictions (FL). In fact, Florida has better numbers than NY and NJ as well as many other states with more strict mask mandates. I'm ready to go back to "normal".
    Yes, for surgery, of course. But in clinic? The ER? With immunocompromised patients who literally go nowhere but to the doctor and home? These are not patients who are going to pick up Covid in the grocery store. They need caregivers who are masked- surgical masks are pretty good for source control. I agree since the virus is airborne hospitals need better ventilation standards.

    Are you suggesting we get rid of masking in Covid units, too?

    Florida has one of the highest death rates in the last six months of any state.

    "Getting back to normal" doesn't help the immunocompromised who need medical care.

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    • Originally posted by snowcanyon View Post
      Florida has one of the highest death rates in the last six months of any state.
      I didn’t know this but it doesn’t surprise me. What does surprise me is the lack of protective measures in a state with a significant percentage of vulnerable citizens. Just my opinion but I believe lives would have been spared had Florida required indoor masks and encouraged to social distance particularly during surges.

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      • Originally posted by snowcanyon View Post

        Absolutely. Two way masking is effective in preventing transmission of a disease (diseases) that have an extremely high mortality rate in the immunpcompromised, elderly, renal patients etc. I do agree that N-95s would be preferred over surgical masks, but the data for two way surgical masking are robust.

        What are we preventing with routine hand washing that could potentially kill half a million patients a year? E. coli? VRE? MRSA? C. diff?These haven't killed anywhere near as many as Covid.
        While it may not be the primary route of transmission for CV-19, you don't think touching fomites covered in droplets containing CV-19 and then picking your nose or touching your food or touching another fomite or touching someone else who could do the same is a possible route of transmission? It seems reasonable to me that the goal should be to in general reduce the bioburden of CV-19 virus that could be transmitted by all possible routes of transmission.

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        • Originally posted by snowcanyon View Post

          Yes, for surgery, of course. But in clinic? The ER? With immunocompromised patients who literally go nowhere but to the doctor and home? These are not patients who are going to pick up Covid in the grocery store. They need caregivers who are masked- surgical masks are pretty good for source control. I agree since the virus is airborne hospitals need better ventilation standards.

          Are you suggesting we get rid of masking in Covid units, too?

          Florida has one of the highest death rates in the last six months of any state.

          "Getting back to normal" doesn't help the immunocompromised who need medical care.
          I understand your concern for the immunocompromised but forcing unhelpful measures on everyone doesn't help anyone. Here is a chart of the death rates by state up to this month for the pandemic:

          As of February 2023, Arizona had the highest COVID death rate in the U.S., with 452 deaths per 100,000 population. Hawaii had the lowest death rate.


          As you can see, FL is 18th from the top, below NY, NJ, Mass among others with much stricter mask mandates. TX is even lower on the list. Its becoming more and more apparent that the mask mandates did not prevent disease spread.

          As far as masking in Covid units, I think we need to go back to what we have done for decades in dealing with specific contagious diseases in pts in the hospital. I don't think we need to make permanent the science lacking methods that have been forced on all of us. It needs to stop.

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          • Many opinions , very few science based conclusions. Certainly there was misrepresentation and withholding of data for purposes other than reaching scientific conclusions. I have yet to see anyone stand up and simply say, “I changed my mind, I was mistaken.”

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            • Masks are still an issue, for patients and healthcare and other places.
              Just N95’s, surgical, cloth have morphed into the “source “.
              Now it is guidelines or recommendations for minimum (surgical mask) are being used as maximum depending on source. These policies are not based on science, they are opinions.
              Could you pre-COVID see anyone telling someone to take off an N95 mask as being dangerous?
              Just an example of opinions, not science.

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              • Originally posted by K82 View Post

                I understand your concern for the immunocompromised but forcing unhelpful measures on everyone doesn't help anyone. Here is a chart of the death rates by state up to this month for the pandemic:

                https://www.statista.com/statistics/...s-us-by-state/

                As you can see, FL is 18th from the top, below NY, NJ, Mass among others with much stricter mask mandates. TX is even lower on the list. Its becoming more and more apparent that the mask mandates did not prevent disease spread.

                As far as masking in Covid units, I think we need to go back to what we have done for decades in dealing with specific contagious diseases in pts in the hospital. I don't think we need to make permanent the science lacking methods that have been forced on all of us. It needs to stop.
                genuinely curious, since you are using death rate as a proxy for mask effectiveness - do you not think it different to compare NY, NJ, Mass which were quite clearly the first places significantly hit in the US before masking/lockdowns happened, to FL, which had time to react? Does the data show that same case (FL better than NY/NJ/MA) once you remove that irrelevant (in the context of Mask effectiveness) time period?

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                • Originally posted by East coast View Post

                  genuinely curious, since you are using death rate as a proxy for mask effectiveness - do you not think it different to compare NY, NJ, Mass which were quite clearly the first places significantly hit in the US before masking/lockdowns happened, to FL, which had time to react? Does the data show that same case (FL better than NY/NJ/MA) once you remove that irrelevant (in the context of Mask effectiveness) time period?
                  You can slice and dice the data to mean anything you want. FL also has a much older population, wouldn't they be harder hit just due to that? As I look at all the charts from different states and countries, if all this lock down, mask mandate stuff made any real difference, wouldn't we be seeing marked differences in different locations? And yet, its not there. We have two years of data to look at it. We need to come to grips with the fact that it just didn't make any statistical difference.
                  Last edited by K82; 03-17-2022, 01:07 PM.

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                  • Originally posted by PWMDMD View Post

                    While it may not be the primary route of transmission for CV-19, you don't think touching fomites covered in droplets containing CV-19 and then picking your nose or touching your food or touching another fomite or touching someone else who could do the same is a possible route of transmission? It seems reasonable to me that the goal should be to in general reduce the bioburden of CV-19 virus that could be transmitted by all possible routes of transmission.
                    Not compared to aerosol transmission, no. And I can't find any evidence or cases series or anything showing any amount of fomite transmission. If anyone has any, I'd be interested. It's nearly all aerosol.

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                    • Originally posted by East coast View Post
                      genuinely curious, since you are using death rate as a proxy for mask effectiveness - do you not think it different to compare NY, NJ, Mass which were quite clearly the first places significantly hit in the US before masking/lockdowns happened, to FL, which had time to react? Does the data show that same case (FL better than NY/NJ/MA) once you remove that irrelevant (in the context of Mask effectiveness) time period?
                      I remember our first couple COVID cases that came in on my shift the first week of March 2020. They had flown in from Italy. Back then, I think it took us many days (7?) to get results. It turns out the virus is confirmed to have been circulating already in January 2020 in Florida.

                      Florida removed data from the Department of Health website that showed 171 patients had coronavirus symptoms or positive test results in January and February.


                      Florida reported it’s first official case March 1st 2020.

                      I think the earliest confirmed case now in Florida, in retrospect, was December 31st 2019. February 2020 was a bad time for the Super Bowl to be in Florida.

                      Back in Feb 2020 we didn’t test most people with symptoms. Only travel risk at first. Boy did things change over the next few months.

                      Florida’s waves preceded the northeast every time once we started looking in earnest.

                      NY’s first confirmed case was March 1st 2020, though I’m sure it was circulating before that there also.
                      MA’s first COVID case directly from China was confirmed Feb 1st 2020, and their 2nd on March 2nd 2020.
                      NJ ‘s first Case was March 4th 2020.

                      In the first wave, patients in the Northeast seemed to do particularly poorly. NYC had a difficult time. This seemed to be related to problems with their overburdened healthcare system in the setting of population density more than anything else.



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                      • Originally posted by Jaqen Haghar MD View Post

                        I remember our first couple COVID cases that came in on my shift the first week of March 2020. They had flown in from Italy. Back then, I think it took us many days (7?) to get results. It turns out the virus is confirmed to have been circulating already in January 2020 in Florida.

                        Florida removed data from the Department of Health website that showed 171 patients had coronavirus symptoms or positive test results in January and February.


                        Florida reported it’s first official case March 1st 2020.

                        I think the earliest confirmed case now in Florida, in retrospect, was December 31st 2019. February 2020 was a bad time for the Super Bowl to be in Florida.

                        Back in Feb 2020 we didn’t test most people with symptoms. Only travel risk at first. Boy did things change over the next few months.

                        Florida’s waves preceded the northeast every time once we started looking in earnest.

                        NY’s first confirmed case was March 1st 2020, though I’m sure it was circulating before that there also.
                        MA’s first COVID case directly from China was confirmed Feb 1st 2020, and their 2nd on March 2nd 2020.
                        NJ ‘s first Case was March 4th 2020.

                        In the first wave, patients in the Northeast seemed to do particularly poorly. NYC had a difficult time. This seemed to be related to problems with their overburdened healthcare system in the setting of population density more than anything else.


                        New York has a terrible health care system for all but the wealthiest- not that FL's is great, but New York's is in a class of its own in terms of dysfunction. I agree this was part of the problem, along with crowded housing, transit, and Cuomo's corruption.

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                        • Originally posted by K82 View Post

                          You can slice and dice the data to mean anything you want. FL also has a much older population, wouldn't they be harder hit just due to that? As I look at all the charts from different states and countries, if all this lock down, mask mandate stuff made any real difference, wouldn't we be seeing marked differences in different locations? And yet, its not there. We have two years of data to look at it. We need to come to grips with the fact that it just didn't make any statistical difference.
                          I'm not debating whether or not mask mandates/lockdowns were effective; that's obviously a much longer discussion and one i suspect we agree on.

                          But I am keenly curious if you had data in the specific context you mentioned (FL death rate being better than NY/NJ/MA as a proxy for "mask mandates werent effective"). One would presume given the spike in the NE pre mask mandate/lockdown that the death rate going back to the start wouldn't be a great data set, so was curious what it looks like if you remove, say the first 2 months, for example. maybe it changes the assertion (FL has a better rate than NY/NJ/MA), maybe it doesn't.

                          BTW - i was kinda surprised that FL isn't all that much older (definitely older and with more 65+), though NJ is 4x denser, MA 2+x denser, and NY as dense (state, not accounting for NYC well outsize relative to other metro areas in FL) - point is there are a ton of other variables, but I'm just focused on the data you presented.

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                          • Originally posted by East coast View Post

                            I'm not debating whether or not mask mandates/lockdowns were effective; that's obviously a much longer discussion and one i suspect we agree on.

                            But I am keenly curious if you had data in the specific context you mentioned (FL death rate being better than NY/NJ/MA as a proxy for "mask mandates werent effective"). One would presume given the spike in the NE pre mask mandate/lockdown that the death rate going back to the start wouldn't be a great data set, so was curious what it looks like if you remove, say the first 2 months, for example. maybe it changes the assertion (FL has a better rate than NY/NJ/MA), maybe it doesn't.

                            BTW - i was kinda surprised that FL isn't all that much older (definitely older and with more 65+), though NJ is 4x denser, MA 2+x denser, and NY as dense (state, not accounting for NYC well outsize relative to other metro areas in FL) - point is there are a ton of other variables, but I'm just focused on the data you presented.
                            I don't know how it would affect the results. Like I said earlier, there are a ton of variables in all of this. If you have an interest in slicing up the data for NY depending on when their mask mandate went into effect compared to FL, go for it and get back to us.

                            I still hold to the fact that when you compare the charts from all the states we see that each state has gone through peaks and valleys related to each variant that are pretty universal. The masks did not make a statistical difference to that outcome. If mask mandates were so effective wouldn't we see definite differences in each state depending on how strict the mandate was? I would sure think so, yet its not there.

                            Another insanity that is driving me crazy is making all US citizens test negative for Covid to get back into our country when flying home. This is insane. Its not for the safety of the other passengers on the plane because I can get on the plane in the US without a negative test to fly out of the country. Its not to protect our countries border from bringing Covid into the US because I can drive into the US in a car without a negative Covid test. Can anyone explain to me the logic behind this?

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                            • Originally posted by K82 View Post

                              I don't know how it would affect the results. Like I said earlier, there are a ton of variables in all of this. If you have an interest in slicing up the data for NY depending on when their mask mandate went into effect compared to FL, go for it and get back to us.
                              If I have more time later, I can splice the data more sufficiently, but I actually was able to do an initial look. Just focusing on New York vs. Florida - NY had 30k (roughly) deaths by end of May 2020, which is 44% of the states' total deaths just in the first three months! That actually shocked me, wasn't aware of the pure scope of that initial wave there. Florida in that same period had only 260, which accounts for .3% (not 3 - that's point 3) of the total FL deaths. Worldometers's cumulative charts/totals was my source as it was the quickest to sort by state and by date. Also quickly double checked https://data.cdc.gov/NCHS/Provisiona...and-/uggs-hy5q data to make sure I wasn't way off because I was surprised by how stark the results were.

                              Suffice it to say that NY and FL are no where close to same rate of death once you account for the initial wave. Almost twice as high a death rate in FL than in NY between June 2020 and now.

                              MA was closer to 30% of that states' total deaths occurred in those first weeks, and NJ was 40%, so less of a difference, but definitely a significant one.

                              Again, point isn't that mask mandates and lockdowns are effective, but i guess my initial reaction was right that comparing those two with respect to death rate definitely does not support an argument as initially stated.

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                              • Originally posted by East coast View Post

                                If I have more time later, I can splice the data more sufficiently, but I actually was able to do an initial look. Just focusing on New York vs. Florida - NY had 30k (roughly) deaths by end of May 2020, which is 44% of the states' total deaths just in the first three months! That actually shocked me, wasn't aware of the pure scope of that initial wave there. Florida in that same period had only 260, which accounts for .3% (not 3 - that's point 3) of the total FL deaths. Worldometers's cumulative charts/totals was my source as it was the quickest to sort by state and by date. Also quickly double checked https://data.cdc.gov/NCHS/Provisiona...and-/uggs-hy5q data to make sure I wasn't way off because I was surprised by how stark the results were.

                                Suffice it to say that NY and FL are no where close to same rate of death once you account for the initial wave. Almost twice as high a death rate in FL than in NY between June 2020 and now.

                                MA was closer to 30% of that states' total deaths occurred in those first weeks, and NJ was 40%, so less of a difference, but definitely a significant one.

                                Again, point isn't that mask mandates and lockdowns are effective, but i guess my initial reaction was right that comparing those two with respect to death rate definitely does not support an argument as initially stated.
                                NY and NJ instituted mask mandates in early/mid April: NJ April 6 and NY April 17. I think you would have to start your count at that time if you want to determine mask mandate effectiveness.

                                I still hold to my contention that if mask mandates were such a game changer, than why do the charts of all the states show no huge differences between states that were strict and those that weren't?

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