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Coronavirus and masks/face coverings [Consolidated thread]

Old Mar 23, 20, 5:27 pm
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Originally Posted by 747FC
... my face-touching is non-existent when I wear gloves...
People who worked in chemical or high-tech labs have a permanent reflex: gloves = hazard or very clean surface. They would also not wear gloves all day. Unfortunately, I have much lower expectations for common sense in the medical profession. I've seen idiot doctors or trainees wearing scrubs or lab coats in public transport.
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Old Mar 23, 20, 7:14 pm
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I wear a mask while out walking. In part due to spring allergy. Many neighbors doing same.
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Old Mar 24, 20, 5:46 am
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Originally Posted by MaxVO
I agree that N100 seems more confortable for its intended use (filtering out dust from inhaled air). But it has an "Exhalation Valve", i.e. a bypass for exhaled air. So it won't reduce spreading germs by the wearer.
YES Exactly! The N100 mask is designed to protect the wearer! The same with N95 environment masks.
I wear the N100 at a minimum to protect myself and when in a ‘severe’ (hazardous or unhealthy materials) environment a cartridge mask. I also suggest wearing gloves and or frequent hand washing.
The question you need to answer before choosing a mask is are you wearing it to protect yourself or are you wearing it to protect the people around you.
PS: Working in an industry were wearing PPE is an almost everyday event. I keep several masks, several pairs of nitrile gloves (xl) and a full face shield in my Gobag as well as a functional first aid kit.
Call me paranoid but I’m still here to respond.
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Old Mar 24, 20, 5:57 am
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Originally Posted by 747FC
And, on the other hand, I notice that my face-touching is non-existent when I wear gloves...
One place I worked many, many years ago had a training program for new entries. They used a modified Pavlovian method. Trainees when wearing gloves also wore elastic straps attached at the elbow that limited easy hand movement to around shoulder height.
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Old Mar 24, 20, 5:30 pm
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Originally Posted by Dublin_rfk
The 3M N100 masks are much more comfortable and easier to put on.
N95 tight and rigid N100 comfort fit
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Old Mar 25, 20, 9:20 am
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if you know a friendly anesthesiologist, CRNA, or respiratory therapist, here is your answer to N95. Also I like her dimples they remind me of my kids.

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Old Mar 25, 20, 9:43 am
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Originally Posted by anacapamalibu
N95 tight and rigid N100 comfort fit
Just get a half face respirator with a P100 7093 filter.
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Old Mar 25, 20, 3:03 pm
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Another good read as to how a 75cent mask is in such short supply, BTW we should all be wearing it as to why see the next article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/25/o...face-mask.html

A good read into face masks: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/o...ace-masks.html
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Old Mar 25, 20, 3:15 pm
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Originally Posted by chipmaster
Another good read as to how a 75cent mask is in such short supply, BTW we should all be wearing it as to why see the next article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/25/o...face-mask.html

A good read into face masks: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/o...ace-masks.html
Thanks for sharing. good read
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Old Mar 25, 20, 7:36 pm
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Originally Posted by chipmaster
Another good read as to how a 75cent mask is in such short supply, BTW we should all be wearing it as to why see the next article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/25/o...face-mask.html
Are there no domestic textile production facilities for the military? I thought the Pentagon did care about having domestic supply chains for its stuff...

Plus the millions of now unemployed restaurant workers etc. could be all sewing surgical masks. Or is there a shortage of fabric too?
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Old Mar 25, 20, 8:43 pm
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Originally Posted by anacapamalibu
N95 tight and rigid N100 comfort fit
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N105, a jock strap
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Old Mar 26, 20, 1:44 am
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Originally Posted by cockpitvisit
Plus the millions of now unemployed restaurant workers etc. could be all sewing surgical masks. Or is there a shortage of fabric too?
who is going to organize this effort?
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Old Mar 26, 20, 3:26 am
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Belgium likely regrets destroying almost 6 million 10-year old FFP2 (~N95) masks last year:

https://www.archyde.com/coronavirus-...ing-to-le-vif/
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Old Mar 26, 20, 4:07 am
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Originally Posted by cockpitvisit
Are there no domestic textile production facilities for the military? I thought the Pentagon did care about having domestic supply chains for its stuff...

Plus the millions of now unemployed restaurant workers etc. could be all sewing surgical masks. Or is there a shortage of fabric too?
In the late 90s congress decided that buy American was tooooooooo expensive. Military uniforms and even U. S. flags for the military were purchased from china.
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Old Mar 26, 20, 4:11 am
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It would be better to wear a mask
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