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H1N1 Swine Flu Style- (No This is Not a Humor Post)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by erdavis, May 3, 2009.

  1. erdavis

    erdavis Senior member

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    Lets keep it short...

    I have to travel to cities where H1N1 / Swine Flu is a big deal. I have to look damn good doing it however.

    Enroute to my client I have to go up escalators, elevators, subways, many doors etc.. I also have to go out with the client through the same obstacle course.

    I am considering either wearing white rubber gloves, which make me look like I am about to give a prostate exam OR wear white cotton doorman gloves.

    First, will the doorman gloves give me any meaningful protection (virus expert anyone?)

    Second, am I going to look like a freak or can this convincingly be pulled off with some class.


    I am trying to be polite, as they are proud of their city, but I also want to protect myself.

    Any advice?
     
  2. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Senior member

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    H1N1 was avian flu wasn't it
     
  3. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Can't you just bring a bottle of hand sanitizer and use that frequently?
     
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    Wear the rubber gloves under the regular gloves. But I don't think white doorman gloves are the answer, I'm sure there are other gloves you can wear.
     
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    I suggest having bespoke face masks made prior to your trip. mytailor.com is running a special -- buy four get the fifth one free.

    Twotone
     
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    newinny Senior member

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    If you wear masks/gloves in NYC, you will definitely stand out.
     
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    H1N1 was avian flu wasn't it

    Avian flu is H5N1.
     
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    Ich_Dien Senior member

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    Avian flu is H5N1.

    That's the one.
     
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    Second, am I going to look like a freak or can this convincingly be pulled off with some class.


    I think clearly you are overreacting and are going to look like a major freak should you wear gloves in any situation that is not appropriate. IE, winter, driving a race car, etc.

    My advice is to quit worrying. The chances of catching this bullshit is beyond small, regardless of how much news organizations try to freak people out. I used to work at a supermarket and when the mere possibility of snow was announced on the news a stampede ensued and the shelves were cleared of milk and bread as if the production of both was somehow going to cease or you'd be snowed in under 34 feet and would have to suffer the risk of being without.

    You cannot, and I repeat, CANNOT pull this off with any modicum of class. Be a man and forget about it.
     
  13. Rudi

    Rudi Senior member

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    Im no scientist, but if the virus is powerful enough to really off people like the plague I think rubber gloves wouldn't do much.
     
  14. ZxExN

    ZxExN Active Member

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    Stop overreacting. This flu is weaker than the normal season flu. But I do like the bespoke face mask idea.
     
  15. veeevo

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    Stop overreacting. This flu is weaker than the normal season flu. But I do like the bespoke face mask idea.

    While i don't think it's weaker than the regular flu it is however certainly not like the avian flu or sars. Just be mindful of washing your hands regularly, and keep your self sanitized and you'll be fine
     
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    The influenza virus travels primarily through the air. A doctor who did flu research told me that if an infected person walks into a crowded room that everyone will be exposed and a third of the people will get the flu. Therefore, gloves won't do you much good. Different viruses spread in different ways. The cold virus is usually transmitted when touch it with your hands and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. The mononucleosis usually requires you to to have oral contact. Herpes requires...well you get the picture.

    The swine flu is not special in that it links humans and animals. In fact, many diseases developed when humans first domesticated animals and were in close contact with them for the first time. When Europeans colonized the Americas 99% of the natives were kill by disease alone.

    Also, the normal influenza virus kills thousands of people per year. So far, the swine flu and killed only a small fraction of that. This is a classic case of the media flaming fears.
     
  17. entrero

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    Overreacting? Be a man?. People this is your life we're talking about, not the economic recession. I hear this countless of times on CNN, and guess what, it comes from dumbass americans who go to mexico like nothing is happening.

    There's nothing wrong with face masks, in Japan they wear face masks in public when they're sick.
    All I'm saying is there's no need for panic, but at least be mindful.
     
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    brad-t Senior member

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    There's nothing wrong with face masks, in Japan they wear face masks in public when they're sick.

    They wear these masks to prevent infecting others, not to protect themselves from anything. These masks will not stop you from getting sick.
     
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