Off topic: Interesting hypothesis on language and COVID-19
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Janet Muehlbacher  Identity Verified
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7263261/

The use of aspirated consonants during speech may increase the transmission of COVID-19


 

B D Finch  Identity Verified
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Are you (or they) serious? Sep 21

The writer is so vague about the number of Japanese visitors to China in 2020 that one wonders whether they can even count: "one to three millions of Japanese who travelled to China in 2000". The blaming of Chinese shop assistants as responsible for infecting tourists seems very unfair, especially as the Chinese shop assistants would have been wearing masks if they were in an area where COVID-19 had been identified.

May I also point out that the preposition "on" is wrong, it is a "h
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The writer is so vague about the number of Japanese visitors to China in 2020 that one wonders whether they can even count: "one to three millions of Japanese who travelled to China in 2000". The blaming of Chinese shop assistants as responsible for infecting tourists seems very unfair, especially as the Chinese shop assistants would have been wearing masks if they were in an area where COVID-19 had been identified.

May I also point out that the preposition "on" is wrong, it is a "hypothesis "about" a load of nonsense, not "on" a load of nonsense.
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Tina Vonhof
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Obvious Sep 21

I agree with B.D. that the study is too vague to lead to any valid conclusion. But we don't need a study to prove the point. We all know that we produce saliva when we speak, particularly with aspirated consonants, and some people more than others. That is exactly why we should now wear a mask.

expressisverbis
 

Kay-Viktor Stegemann
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Hypothesis Sep 21

Speaking the word Hypothesis out loud might already increase the risk of transmission. Typing it might be safe, for now.

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Kevin Fulton
 

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Aspirated consonants Sep 21

Do you know which language uses even fewer aspirated consonants than Japanese?

Chinese!


 

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I thought it slightly unusual Sep 21

to present it in this way, in terms of tourism and country of origin, but it´s still interesting.

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Anthony Keily
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Dangerous sounds Sep 21

As an Irish person who sounds the "h" in question words (when, where, why..), I must pose quite a threat to those around me.

I'll either have to go into deep isolation... or maybe just stop asking questions.


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Chris S  Identity Verified
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No shit, Sherlock Sep 21

I mean, ffs 🙄

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Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
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Oddest research Sep 21

Phew, the things they conduct research into. And not in isolation either, judging by the list of related papers on the right.

[Edited at 2020-09-21 16:56 GMT]

[Edited at 2020-09-21 17:00 GMT]


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Kevin Fulton
 

LIZ LI  Identity Verified
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Inspirations Sep 25

Time to learn sign languages, guys!
And I'm going to write an article to study the average mouth size of different ethnics.


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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There is something in it Sep 25

Finnish has a very dry way of speaking compared to German or English. When learning English one advice is speak in front of a candle. The flame should react to your pronunciation of p, t, k. Not in Finnish, there is no aspiration "h". Finland up till now has had comparatively few cases of covid-19. The number now is about 11/100 000.
In any case speaking spreads viruses. If you wear a mask and speak, the virus will spread. But for some unknown reason no authority anywhere tells people "shu
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Finnish has a very dry way of speaking compared to German or English. When learning English one advice is speak in front of a candle. The flame should react to your pronunciation of p, t, k. Not in Finnish, there is no aspiration "h". Finland up till now has had comparatively few cases of covid-19. The number now is about 11/100 000.
In any case speaking spreads viruses. If you wear a mask and speak, the virus will spread. But for some unknown reason no authority anywhere tells people "shut up in public places". Selling masks is business.
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expressisverbis
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Using an iron mask Sep 25

would do the trick, but able to prevent rust.

Mervyn Henderson
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