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#296619 - 07/17/20 08:19 PM Mask preferences
TeacherRO Offline
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Do you have a favorite mask to wear? (cloth, n95, etc) I'm looking to add a few to my collection

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#296620 - 07/17/20 08:23 PM Re: Mask preferences [Re: TeacherRO]
NAro Offline
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N95 if I can get them...So far, no joy.
Homemade cloth, with face shield currently

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#296621 - 07/17/20 08:55 PM Re: Mask preferences [Re: TeacherRO]
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I have worked in very dusty environments (archaeological digs) for months at a time. N95 is the best way to go (properly fitted).
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#296624 - 07/18/20 07:36 AM Re: Mask preferences [Re: TeacherRO]
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I use a bandana or a buff.
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#296627 - 07/18/20 01:30 PM Re: Mask preferences [Re: TeacherRO]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline
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Registered: 11/13/06
Posts: 2543
Loc: Somewhere in Florida
I would not call this a favorite, but it did work. One time, as a child, I needed to go inside a house that had smoke damage. The smoke damage was too much for me to go in. I made a mask using Kleenex and tape. It worked.

Jeanette Isabelle
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#296631 - 07/18/20 03:02 PM Re: Mask preferences [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Chisel Offline
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Registered: 12/05/05
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There was a local debate about the effectiveness of cloth masks, so a guy decided to "upgrade" it. He inserted a Kleenex tissue under the mask for extra protection.

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#296633 - 07/18/20 03:06 PM Re: Mask preferences [Re: TeacherRO]
Chisel Offline
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Regarding the original question , we have chinese face masks made of 3-ply material. I am not sure of the quality, and to add to my confusion, I found two types in the market which seem to be identical but one type is 3 times more expensive than the other. I bought both types. One to use as general purpose low-risk areas, the other for higher risk areas (more crowded ..etc.)

I will not be surprised if they are the same.
Drug stores sell them at higher prices than discount stores.

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#296634 - 07/18/20 04:19 PM Re: Mask preferences [Re: TeacherRO]
haertig Offline
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Registered: 03/13/05
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Loc: Colorado
I say, wear a mask when required, but just wear what you like and what is comfortable. They do precious little to protect you or anyone else. Evidence glasses wearers - you can't hardly see through the fogged up glasses. If water vapor can escape that easily, do you really think its going to stop microscopic viruses? And of course, no need to worry about those other people with their noses sticking out above their masks. Or even worse, the ones wearing the masks over their chin only.

Your best bet is to stay away from other people. In most places now, law or executive orders require you to wear a mask. Wear one. But don't put a whole lot of trust in it protecting you much. You'll do a little better if you know how to choose and use a mask, which 99.99% of the population evidently doesn't. I am talking about the general public here, not medical people who know how to fit test and appropriately use an N95. And it is the general public that you need to be more worried about interfacing with.

Personally, I use a cloth mask with adjustable paracord extenders on the ear loops I made (it was way too tight otherwise). Simply because this is my most comfortable mask, and I can adjust it the tightest so as not to have to put up with quite as much glasses fogging. However, I know it isn't worth a hill of beans in protecting me (or others around me). So I just keep my distance from others.

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#296635 - 07/18/20 04:53 PM Re: Mask preferences [Re: haertig]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline
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Originally Posted By: haertig
Evidence glasses wearers - you can't hardly see through the fogged up glasses.

I noticed that. I was wondering why the lights in Wal Mart were getting so dim (the last time I was there) until I removed my glasses.

All of a sudden, the store was more bright and clear.

Jeanette Isabelle
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#296636 - 07/19/20 01:05 AM Re: Mask preferences [Re: TeacherRO]
Famdoc Offline
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Registered: 04/29/09
Posts: 138
Loc: PA
Au contraire re: whether or not masks protect either the wearer of others.

The several countries with a previously existing or newly acquired culture of wearing mask have had a FAR lower incidence of COVID 19, and far lower number of deaths per capita compared to the USA, which FAR exceeds any other country:
https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

Masks, or rather the failure to wear them, are of course just one of the reasons.
Evidence continues to accumulate of their benefit to both wearers and others:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32294341/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24229526/

https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.04.19.20071779

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32232986/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32371934/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19522650/

Facebook and other social media assertions that cloth face masks, such as are recommended for the general public, cause lower oxygen levels and higher carbon dioxide levels are without any published data to back up those claims.

For glasses fogging prevention, wiping a drop of shaving cream on the lenses works well; antifog sprays are also available from the eye wear stores, or the usual mail order sources.

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