So I have scrapped down old pop corn ceiling and removed staple on tile on drywall attached to plaster, that can be only lord knows how old.

I didn't hang any barriers up as we are planning to do the ceiling walls and floors in all the rooms, although I did cover up outlets and vents.

I have already removed and made the mess and got dust everywhere.

Was wearing a mask enough?

So if this stuff was everywhere (metal, wood, insulation, wall, compounds) for about 90 years. So wouldn't everyone alive in those years be dead?

Is there more I should have done? What do you normally do and why?

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    Lawyers and greedy people is probably the reason for all the hype about asbestos. I know it is a bad thing, and bad things have happened because it. I have worked on houses with asbestos over the years. and thank God, I am 59 years old and smoked from 17 to 54 years old, and to date no complications from any of it, although I know in years to come that may change. – Jack Feb 23 '14 at 4:19
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    I can't take the time to answer with proper citations right now, but I have looked into this. I have removed vinyl floor tiles with asbestos and also a few ceiling tiles, so I researched it, like you are doing, and decided the following: Most all people who get mesothelioma from asbestos were exposed to it in high concentrations for long periods of time (in an industrial or work setting). The most dangerous type of asbestos is in insulation, not in other common products. Don't worry about it. – Edwin Feb 23 '14 at 6:27
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    Simple answer to your main concern is Yes, you are going to die. If you die from asbestos contact is unlikely, but we all are going to die eventually. – shirlock homes Feb 23 '14 at 11:15
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    @user2140261 The problem here, is that even cancer experts don't know exactly how cancer works. You could breath a tiny bit of asbestos and get cancer, or breath a large amount and not get cancer. The only thing that's known for sure, is that if you've breathed asbestos over a long period of time, you're more likely to develop cancer. – Tester101 Feb 24 '14 at 10:52
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    @Tester101 At this point I have to 100% disagree with you, This question is about DIY safety, Its the same as asking if I should wear eye protection or gloves or a welding shield. I am not asking what happens if I don't, I am just asking what standards and regulations if any should be followed. Not what health problems I will have. As is this is a great question for anyone looking to do work on an old house if properly answered. – user2140261 Feb 24 '14 at 17:00