if someone i live with has the corona virus, do i need to wear a mask around the house to protect myself?
or is that unnecessary?
also i'm not around this person. we're never in the same room together.
- sparrowLv 72 months ago
I think you should, because droplets from coughing or talking can remain
in the air for a long time. So after they leave the kitchen, the droplets could
still be hanging in the air a couple hours later.
Also, whatever they touch, the virus can live on
the surface for days, especially on plastic and metal.
- EdnaLv 72 months ago
No - you don't need to wear a mask around the house. Any germs in the house are your OWN germs.
Wearing a mask doesn't protect the wearer. A mask is worn to protect people you come into contact with, from acquiring your germs.
Doctors and nurses in hospitals don't wear a mask to protect themselves; they wear a mask to protect the patient.
- HarraldLv 72 months ago
It make sense in the beginning to wear a mask if you share the same space as someone else in the house. Try to work out an arrangement so you both are not close together when you eat, watch TV. If you and your mate or friend are sexual, you can arouse each other by removing your clothes and playing with yourself and talk dirty to further arouse and masturbate viewing the person you live with. If you live with a family, this advice may not work. Men are more visually aroused than some women, so the person may really lust for you.
- M'aiq The liarLv 72 months ago
If you live with someone who has it, there is no protecting yourself unless that person is confined to a single room for the duration of their symptoms plus a week after they are asymptomatic. A mask won't help because there are too many opportunities for exposure. They're using the same bathroom, touching kitchen equipment, using the same living room/common area. You're going to touch something covered in virus and then touch your food or your face or something else. The virus lives for hours on surfaces.
If you live someone who has it, you either already have it or you're 99% likely to get it. So you should leave if possible and live somewhere else.
EDIT: you don't have to be in the same room. Infected people are constantly shedding viruses on everything they touch and sit on. Doorknobs, key boards, TV remotes, forks/knives/spoons, toilet seats. Just being in a room they were in is likely to give you the virus.
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- Jake No ChatLv 72 months ago
It should go way beyond wearing a mask. If one person has been identified to have the virus, then that person needs to be quarantined and kept away from further contact with other people. Masks can help, but they by themselves are not good enough to prevent transmittal of the virus.
- Red FoxLv 62 months ago
The infected person must wear an adequate mask (one new mask daily) at all times and remain isolated in an adequately ventilated room, with door closed at all times. If you're not infected and do not suspect you might be, you do not need to wear a mask.
- ♥Sweetness♥Lv 72 months ago
If you are living with someone who has the virus, it is too late now to worry about a mask.
- 2 months ago
Not necesssry, you probably were already exposed.