While browsing the news on Yahoo today there was a picture ad come up and there was the headline. " New Plague in Bangkok, If you live in Bangkok you need to read this " The picture featured people all dressed in their biological protective gear. Knowing it was an ad, I clicked anyway just to see what they were saying. It was an ad for bedbug protection and the article was about the bedbugs in the hotels of the USA. Nothing about Thailand. This kind of stuff just chaps me royal !!. As many people are just scared about catching minor colds in asia, now there will be many associating this new scare about Thailand without bothering to digest the article.
#1 neosho has been a member since 13/8/2008. Posts: 386
Reading about this made me think why do all these idiots walk around in surgical masks in S.E. Asia? Even the girl in the air-conditioned bank I went into the other day had one on!
#3 sayadian has been a member since 15/1/2008. Posts: 1,557
Casey....Never thought about that as I was severely irritated this morning.
Sayadian.....I think a lot of that has to do with spreading disease. If someone is a little sick and still has to go to work they will wear a mask. Disease has been known to spread quickly and be fatal in asia in the past as you probably well know.
#4 neosho has been a member since 13/8/2008. Posts: 386
The problem is those masks are not real surgical masks and don't do a whole lot to prevent the transmission of disease - making them somewhat comical.
#5 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
There are times that I have been tempted to get one of those masks when driving on a motorbike on those long dusty roads - just to help keep some of the dust out of my lungs. But otherwise, I just don't get it wearing them on planes, around town, etc.
I feel the same way people. I was just saying I think that's why they do it. In China I seen a lot of people wearing the big plastic tinted face shields like someone grinding metal would use. I found out if was so they wouldn't get dark from the sun. Atleast that one worked.
#7 neosho has been a member since 13/8/2008. Posts: 386
I did some work with a mask company in Hanoi last year - not the surgical style though, the fancy patterned ones. Although one might expect that they are to protect from pollution (or certainly, this is what Westerners think they're for), in reality (1) most of them don't filter out the most harmful pollutants anyway and (2) they're used more as a sun-protector / warmth in winter. Although not the nicest things in the world to wear, I do often wish I'd put one on as I feel the dust filling my lungs and the insects flying into my mouth. At least they protect from that.