tomk at unwired.com.au
Thu Mar 17 02:52:54 EST 2011
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> From: link-bounces at mailman.anu.edu.au
> [mailto:link-bounces at mailman.anu.edu.au] On Behalf Of Martin Barry
> Sent: Wednesday, 16 March 2011 9:18 PM
> To: link at mailman.anu.edu.au
> Subject: Re: [LINK] Radiation
> $quoted_author = "Jan Whitaker" ;
> > And why are so many people wearing facemasks in Japan? Is that
> > because of normal pollution levels or something to do with dust or
> > molds dislodged by the quake?
> It was quite common even before the quake. I believe it
> started as a way to prevent transmission of aerosol bacteria
> and virii when one was sick and has been taken up by those
> who are well to prevent inhalation of the same. This second
> usage increased greatly around the SARS, HPAI and H1N1 incidents.
> The current usage increase is probably mostly related to the
> breakdown in hygiene caused by the devastation.
I remember seeing the facemasks on sale in Japan in the mid nineties, as
well as the oxygen seling shops...
In other words, an anti pollution gimmick in Tokyo that took off and
became a best seller.
Maybe, all Japanese people really want to be surgeons... Then again,
1400 Yen for 10 minutes of oxygen.... Now available for your pets...
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