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  1. Keep in mind this mask does not offer any air filtering - it does not clean air and does nothing to help protect you from anything...
  2. Amesh Adalja, M.D., a pandemic preparedness expert at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, says, “There's a lot of at least biological possibility to suspect that [shields] are definitely better than homemade face masks, and maybe even better than other types of masks as well, because they not only prevent you from spreading it … [and] because it also covers your eyes, it provides more protection to the mucus membranes of your face where you might be getting infected.” JAMA by Eli Perencevich, M.D., a professor of internal medicine and epidemiology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and two of his colleagues pointed to such benefits of shields for infection prevention, and noted that “face shields appear to significantly reduce the amount of inhalation exposure to influenza virus, another droplet-spread respiratory virus. In a simulation study, face shields were shown to reduce immediate viral exposure by 96 percent when worn by a simulated health care worker within 18 inches of a cough.” In an April 19 tweet Perencevich wrote, “Biggest benefit of face shields would be inside crowded office situations where air exchanges aren't ideal." And the debate goes on.. LOL
  3. This may interest you... And since the CDC is stating that a shield might actually provide more protection than a mask.. InstaShield is the name.. I noticed a new type of face shield on line that looked interesting. It is made to fit on the brim of a baseball cap or sun visor. No band around your head with big letters telling people that it is a FACE SHIELD. On and off in an instant, If you want a drink, just lift it by the brim and place it back on when you had your drink. Easy to sanitize, glasses don't fog up and doesn't in any way affect breathing. AND ACTUALLY ABOUT THE LEAST EXPENSIVE PPE OUT THERE.. HOWEVER, fitting it on the brim and keeping it adjusted was a problem but adjusting it and then applying a few beads from a hot glue gun and it is very stable, stays where it should even with repeated on and off cycles.
  4. Would you cruise if you had to wear one of these at certain times and in certain places?? I saw this on line and since my wife must wear a mask all day at work and I am out and about a few times a week and wear one as well I did a little research into which is better a mask or a shield ??? Some swear by one and some swear by the other ? But in most situations a shield, to me at least, give a great amount of protection, is easier to sanitize and although a bit like a transparent Darth Vader helmet doesn't affect breathing in the least.. I noticed a new type of face shield on line that looked interesting. It is made to fit on the brim of a baseball cap or sun visor. No band around your head with big letters telling people that it is a FACE SHIELD. On and off in an instant, If you want a drink, just lift it by the brim and place it back on when you had your drink. Easy to sanitize AND ACTUALLY ABOUT THE LEAST EXPENSIVE PPE OUT THERE.. HOWEVER, fitting it on the brim and keeping it adjusted was a problem but adjusting it and then applying a few beads from a hot glue gun and it is very stable, stays where it should even with repeated on and off cycles. It could be something offered by the cruise lines with each booking?? At about $2 a piece (on line price) RCCL could work a deal and make it part of their cruises with one attached to a Royal Caribbean hat or Visor... Just interested in what others think, my only opinion is that this is easy to use, easy to clean and might be a solution that's better than a mask if they become SOP on cruises at certain times...
  5. Yes, cruising on the Zenith, Century and Mercury back then was special. The Millennium class was still in that category even with the introduction of "SPECIALTY" dining. Back then dining in the Olympic WAS REALLY something SPECIAL, and although the food itself was not that much better than what was always EXCELLENT in the MDR there was a difference in the entire experience making it a wonderful and very memorable event. After 10 years with mostly X the differences between it and RC became less and less and now after 10 more years sailing more on Royal Caribbean the differences have more or less vanished unless you look at the "Suite Life" that is now dividing the passengers into different levels of the cruise experience, which NEVER existed back 15-20 years ago on Celebrity. For us, port of departure, itinerary and sail date determine which cruise we book and we have 2 booked on Royal coming up. The days of Michel Roux in the MDR and real chocolate treats at turndown are as long gone as plunking quarters and silver dollars into the slots.. LOL.
  6. Vacations to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are considered to be DOMESTIC TRAVEL?? . "Explore America tax credit that Americans can use for domestic travel," ???
  7. Wondering WHY just Riverboat cruises????
  8. Just the messenger of information on a subject from people with much more expertise than I have. A recent opinion piece in JAMA by Eli Perencevich, M.D., a professor of internal medicine and epidemiology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and two of his colleagues pointed to such benefits of shields for infection prevention, and noted that “face shields appear to significantly reduce the amount of inhalation exposure to influenza virus, another droplet-spread respiratory virus." "In a simulation study, face shields were shown to reduce immediate viral exposure by 96 percent when worn by a simulated health care worker within 18 inches of a cough.” In an April 19 tweet Perencevich wrote, “Biggest benefit of face shields would be inside crowded office situations where air exchanges aren't ideal." Sounds like several areas that cruise passengers encounter.
  9. From the 1 minute mark Dr. Adalja appears to be saying the opposite is true. As to a sloppy sneeze, lift the shield off with one hand and sneeze into a handkerchief or your elbow, better than sneezing into a mask that would have to be tossed or washed. Will give these gizmos a real tryout once I get them.....
  10. Looks interesting.. I ordered 5 and will have a review from a few heathcare workers after they arrive.
  11. Their use seems to be more and more practical and effective. The more I see people improperly wearing masks on the streets and in retail establishment the more I doubt their effectiveness.. Some scientists are now arguing that face shields might be the next big thing in your coronavirus protection arsenal. A recent opinion article published in the journal JAMA suggests that face shields could help reduce the number of COVID-19 infections when paired with social distancing, good hand hygiene, and increased testing for the virus. Face shields were also recommended as part of a policy review conducted by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for re-opening Pennsylvania schools. William Schaffner, M.D., an infectious disease specialist and professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. “A face shield provides a barrier for anything going out, but also for things going in,” Now, a team of experts from the University of Iowa led by Dr. Eli Perencevich, of the university's department of internal medicine, reportrd in the April 29 Journal of the American Medical Association that face shields might replace masks as a more comfortable and more effective deterrent to COVID-19.
  12. Lots of discussion going on as to if the face shield will take the place of the face mask. Some claim it is just as effective against Covid-19, no effect on breathing, can be easily washed, doesn't get wet and covers mouth and eyes as well. Just wondering what others think?
  13. Been on her recently and have 2 more booked in the near future. Aside from the usual annoying plea by some PIA maître de at the end of the cruise, droning on about the importance of the cruise review, the ship, crew, food and service were wonderful.
  14. So attending a funeral, graduation, birthday party or just having a family gathering is NOT protected by the constitution? The point is not one protest was banned, yet almost any other gathering no matter how small or how many were wearing masks was. And the large protests shown going on in so many places from Washington State to New York show not many people are wearing masks and social distancing is non existent. AND I never said Cruising or Recreational Travel was a Constitutional Right. I bet the Supreme Court would rule that it was.🙂
  15. I hope their health continues. Where is polio found today? Sadly type 1 Polio still remains at large — in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Once the virus that causes polio has infected a person, there is no treatment that will cure polio. Early diagnosis and supportive treatments such as bed rest, pain control, good nutrition, and physical therapy to prevent deformities from occurring over time can help reduce the long-term symptoms due to muscle loss. I grew up in the days of the Iron Lung and the TV Telethons to raise money for Polio research. Too bad I got the First experimental large scale tests of the vaccine and my older sisters didn't. They contracted polio. Later on in Life I served part of an internship at a hospital that still had a basement area full of old un-needed Iron Lungs.
  16. What about the tens of thousands of men women and children that have been and are still gathering in large crowds all over the USA in big Cities like New York and smaller ones like Albany. Are they being stopped from their activities? Are they required to social distance and wear masks? I have no idea as to a solution, but how can anyone ban one activity and still allow one more dangerous to continue?
  17. NCL out of NYC is the only RT to the ABC's that I know. 14 days, Great itinerary but did not like NCL that much.
  18. Pretty much every doctor's office is computerized and can in a matter of minutes extract all patients over a certain age as well as patients with conditions that would be in the Covid-19 risk zone.
  19. AS PER OXFORD"S WEBSITE. The University of Oxford has today announced an agreement with the UK-based global biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for the further development, large-scale manufacture and potential distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine candidate currently being trialled by the Oxford Vaccine Group.
  20. AstraZeneca and Oxford University announce landmark agreement for COVID-19 vaccine. Sorry, I am not as informed as you as to what each party has done to lay claim to the vaccine..
  21. ... preparing so many doses with an unproven vaccine is financially risky. The possibility of it not getting final approval is well understood and the odds are being accepted by AstraZeneca. SAFE ..... OK but is it effective? They claim a high level of Covid-19 antibody production
  22. ASTRAZENECA announced 15 hours ago that the vaccine they have developed has been VERY safe and successful in OVER TEN THOUSAND patients. To avoid any lag time between approval and delivery they are moving ahead with production and will, if approved, be able to ship 300 million doses to the United States in SEPTEMBER of this year, and 2 billion worldwide.
  23. And more than half of the people who claim they got the flu anyway didn't get it in time to develop antibodies or got some symptomatic side effects or another flu like illness.. In any case I will be first in line.. 👍
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