Mask A Broadsheet Reader



String-held corrugated sports ‘cup’ (as above)?

PLO scarf?


Refashioned brassiere.

Female ‘Intimate towel’?

Surgical mask?


The choice is yours.

This afternoon.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed he believes the National Public Health Emergency Team will make a recommendation advising people to wear “face coverings” not face masks in certain circumstances.

He told the Dáil he did not want to run into problems where there could be shortages for people most in need of face masks.

Mr Varadkar added there would need to be a public information campaign regarding their use.


NPHET to make recommendation on face coverings, says Taoiseach (RTÉ)

Covid-19: How to wear your face mask correctly (RTÉ)


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29 thoughts on “Mask A Broadsheet Reader

  1. Hank

    Apart from serving as a visual reminder to social distance, I’m not convinced that wearing a mask lowers the risk of infection.

      1. Hank

        I’ve read the research. That’s what formed my opinion. The research has been inconclusive to say the least

      2. SOQ

        No it bloody does not- CoVid-19 is small enough to get through most medical masks let alone ordinary scarfs. There is no scientific reason for to cover your face- absolutely none. The thing isn’t even air borne, only water droplets.

        HSE change their mind more often than their socks its appears- more bullpoo.

        1. Cian

          HSE have been consistent about wearing facemasks.

          NPHET are now recommending a change.

          1. SOQ

            HSE have most definitely NOT been consistent about wearing face masks- less than two months ago they were saying there was no need for them.

        2. Johnnythree

          SOQ – Oh dear. It is droplet based which then interacts in infection in two ways.
          1. It drops if projected or wiped onto a surface and contaminates that. So you sneeze and wipe your nose with your hand and touch a surface.
          2. It projects as tiny droplets into the air and is airborne which is which nearly all transmissions are inside buildings. This is aerosol based transmission.
          So now you know. The purpose of a mask is to stop you ejecting the virus not to stop you inhaling it.
          All of the figures show masks are effective. Increasingly best practice.

    1. Cian

      The experts seem divided about it.
      What I’ve found, across a mix of sites, seems to be a mix of “social distancing and hand-washing” are more important than masks… and if properly worn (i.e. don’t touch them) they may offer some protection to everyone else if the wearer is infected with a bit of “ah, sure there’s no harm, and it might help a little”.

      There is a danger that people will see the face-mask as an alternative to social distancing & handwashing and become more likely to spread it,

      1. SOQ

        Some virologists and immunologists actually argue that masks restrict the oxygen supply and therefore harm the immune system?

      2. Johnnythree

        Good points Cian. Social distancing inside and outside is the way to go first. Masks and hand-washing are the next good thing to do. It can only infect you if you inhale it, touch a surface with it and put that hand in your eye, nose or mouth.

    1. f_lawless

      Can we please give that trope a rest for a while, the poor thing is absolutely jaded at this stage

  2. Bruncvik

    There has been empirical evidence that countries that mandate face masks show a lower rate of infections and deaths per population than countries that don’t mandate face masks. That’s not to say there is a causal effect. It is likely that mandating face masks is only one of the much stricter measures these countries have, as opposed to countries that don’t wear face masks (these measures may include total border closures, strict enforcement of social distancing by police or stricter limits on outdoor recreation and exercise). It is possible that the combination of all those factors contribute to much flatter curves.

    So, the Taoiseach’s policy on “face coverings” is also an indicator. Of half-assed measures this government has taken to combat the spread of Covid-19, when we were in a strong position to have it nearly eliminated by now.

      1. Bruncvik

        Loot at the Wikipedia article on face masks, including mask wearing policies by country. Then go to Worldometers, select Europe and sort by cases per million pop. Compare the two sources. If you feel inclined, make a bar chart with compulsory mask wearing in one color and those that don’t have a compulsory mask policy in another color. You’ll see that there is a cluster of mask-wearing countries among those with the fewest infections, ad a cluster of non-mask-wearing countries among those with the most infections.

          1. Bruncvik

            I know that they have some unreliable data, especially when it comes to the number of cured patients. They also include data from countries that don’t perform double negative tests (such as Ireland), even though “cured” numbers lack any verifiable publicly available proof. However, the total number of infected and the total population (the only two numbers needed for this exercise) have been spot on for the half a dozen or so countries I bothered to check.

    1. Cian

      …WHO page showing how to use *disposable* masks.
      and it says
      •If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with COVID-19.
      •Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.

  3. Paulus

    I saw these as bra-cups from an unusual ridged bra…of which I was previously unaware. Granted they would leave a temporary corrugated mammary effect, but who knows, perhaps this lead to a whole new erotic experience?

  4. f_lawless

    Harris: “We must now try to chart a path to a new normal. This will be a long road and the final destination is unknown”

    What kind of regurgitated, social-engineering waffle is this guy spewing?

    1. scottser

      ‘I’m going to keep my greedy incompetent snout at the trough for as long as I can without any real promise that I’ll make things better ‘

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