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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:18 AM
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Stupid question, I don't mean to offend...
but why do some Japanese people in downtown Tokyo wear surgical masks?
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:18 AM
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1. They don't feel well, and they're trying not to spread germs.
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firedupdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:30 AM
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2. I thought that happened only during the sars epidemic? n/t
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Tom Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:39 AM
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3. Heavy particle pollution?
Living in Portland after the Mt.St.Helens eruptions spewed ash all over the NW many people wore surgical masks...The banks posted signs outside telling customers they had to remove them before entering...

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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:07 AM
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7. I don't know...
Seriously can't you just tuck it in there and leave it alone for the rest of the day??
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DarkTirade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:44 AM
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4. Partly paranoia, partly civic-mindedness.
Most of them do it because they themselves are sick and they don't want to pass it on to the people around them. However during the bird flu scare and whatnot it became common for people to wear them just to be on the safe side.
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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:04 AM
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5. I bet for some it's become some kind of fashion statement as well.
I have no evidence to back that up, of course, haha.

Which makes me think of when I was in high school I always wanted to buy a respirator mask like painters use so I could take it to parties and put it on when someone lit a cigarette. I thought it would be hilarious, haha.
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:05 AM
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6. Great answers guys
When I had pneumonia a few times last year, I was told to wear a surgical mask for 72 hours after I was released if I was going to see anyone. Thank goodness I had a ride and didn't have to ride the bus home from the hospital. I just can't see myself boarding a bus with a mask in this country. People would FLIP!!!
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 07:22 AM
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8. Because the Japanese have a higher proportion of weirdness than we do.
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Haole Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:37 AM
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9. What a stupid thing to say
And not funny either.
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insanity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:46 AM
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11. I think its kinda funny
One of the things I like about Japanese culture is that as a Westerner it is so weird compared to my own. I don't think its a knock against them at all.
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dem629 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:44 AM
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10. What could possibly be offensive about that question?
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:26 PM
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22. Excuse me?
Are you new?!?!?!?!
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IndianaJones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:48 AM
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12. they don't want to breathe the air of foreigners..which they despise. nt.
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NightWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:49 AM
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13. I wish the people around here who insist on going outside when they are sick would do the same
it's freakin polite to not spread, nor want to catch whatever is going around. Be it SARS or the common cold.

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demokatgurrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:53 PM
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17. I agree. I'd like to see them handed out at work
to people who are inconsiderate enough to come in when they're sick.
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LeftinOH Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:52 AM
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14. They don't want to spread -or catch- germs... a nice idea, and very polite..n/t
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surrealAmerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:53 AM
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15. In addition to the reasons already posted ...
... some people wear them because of their allergies, although that is unlikely this time of year.
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onlyadream Donating Member (821 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:21 AM
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16. There's a guy who lives around me who wears a gas mask
whenever he leaves his house (plus thick rubber gloves). I've seen him many times at the supermarket, where an employee told me that the man had all sorts of medical problems when he came back from Vietnam. Either that or he is very OCD.
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tinymontgomery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:01 PM
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18. They do that in Korea
also. They don't want to spread the germs. Very considerate I think.
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:20 PM
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19. Pollution.
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 02:33 PM
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20. Here in America, people do it too sometimes.
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 02:45 PM by Jamastiene
I have seen surgical masks in waiting rooms in at least 2 of the VA hospitals my aunt has visited. Their reason is that if you have the flu, wearing the surgical mask will keep you from spreading it so bad. That's the reason they offer them to people in the waiting rooms.
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 02:34 PM
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21. i've seen it in tijuana, mexico as well?
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 02:36 PM by pitohui
i thought they are afraid of catching something, or are from mexico city, have asthma, and imagine the mask does something -- i just don't go to mexico city myself because of the rumored bad air

during the cedar fire from san diego it had to be explained on the news that the masks don't do that much and should not be relied on, it was better to stay indoors, but there were idiots even out there jogging! (california-type idiots, not mexican idiots)
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