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Old 05-20-20, 01:05 PM
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Where'd you get your mask?

So I have a simple white cloth mask that was given out at work, and I use that also going out to the grocery. We have some buffs and bandanas that the rest of the family are using on our rare excursions out of the house (mostly just the wife grocery shopping), but I need to buy like a dozen decent washable masks, so everybody in the family has one and we have backups.

I imagine (but haven't checked) you can't just go to a drug store and they have them in stock.

Can anybody recommend an online option for affordable reusable cloth face masks?
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Old 05-20-20, 01:14 PM
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Just buy $75 or more from Rene Herse (that's like one tire) and you can buy a mask.

https://www.renehersecycles.com/face...o-a-bike-shop/
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Old 05-20-20, 01:17 PM
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Hmmm, Mom had some paper masks that she had purchased before the virus, and gave me two.

An acquaintance's friend made some cloth ones, and gave me one. It is multi-layer, and seems good, but the ear attachment doesn't work well. It also is lacking the wire over the nose which is important if one wears glasses. so I've chosen the paper mask over that one.

There are lots of cloth masks on E-Bay, and I think other online multi-vendor sources.

I would strongly discourage getting masks with exhale vents.

If you go out once every several days, then it is unlikely that cornavirus will survive on the mask surface, but there may be other reasons to launder the masks.
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Old 05-20-20, 01:19 PM
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COPPER COMPRESSION Copper Infused Face Mask w/KN99 Filter

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Another fine option: https://www.cnn.com/style/article/ki...cli/index.html
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I'm waiting for maskvana! lol

I have three flavors of masks. Which I wear depends on the application and my perceived risk.

1. Cloth one my SO made.
2. Surgical mask obtained from the ER on my last trip (yes, during the COVID pandemic, which was frightening)
3. N95 mask from my office's emergency supply.
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I saw what you did there,...
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Old 05-20-20, 03:02 PM
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out of stock
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Old 05-20-20, 03:03 PM
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lol I don't want to put that on my face
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I use N95 masks at my work... The problem with N95 masks is that all of our industrial suppliers where we buy our masks from have been sold out and back ordered for the last 2 months. Everything is going to hospitals and emergency services...Right now I am using some homemade masks which were given to me by somebody at my work. I like the homemade mask because I can wash them and re-use them, they last for a long time...I also have some paint respirators with special filters but I only use those when painting, not when going out in public.
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Old 05-20-20, 03:28 PM
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Stormy Kromer. Vacationed in the U.P. every fall for more than 15 years. Ironwood is our go-to place for groceries, etc. Also home to Stormy Kromer factory.

https://www.stormykromer.com/flannel-face-covering/
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
So I have a simple white cloth mask that was given out at work, and I use that also going out to the grocery. We have some buffs and bandanas that the rest of the family are using on our rare excursions out of the house (mostly just the wife grocery shopping), but I need to buy like a dozen decent washable masks, so everybody in the family has one and we have backups.

I imagine (but haven't checked) you can't just go to a drug store and they have them in stock.

Can anybody recommend an online option for affordable reusable cloth face masks?

...Nordstrom online is selling them six for $24. Kind of like buying socks or underwear. Here is a list of other online retailers selling them.
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Old 05-20-20, 03:33 PM
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Hmmm, Mom had some paper masks that she had purchased before the virus, and gave me two.

An acquaintance's friend made some cloth ones, and gave me one. It is multi-layer, and seems good, but the ear attachment doesn't work well. It also is lacking the wire over the nose which is important if one wears glasses. so I've chosen the paper mask over that one.

There are lots of cloth masks on E-Bay, and I think other online multi-vendor sources.

I would strongly discourage getting masks with exhale vents.

If you go out once every several days, then it is unlikely that cornavirus will survive on the mask surface, but there may be other reasons to launder the masks.
thx, but not interested in paper, and not up to sewing our own cloth. I'll check the fleabay, probalby find some options there
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Old 05-20-20, 03:35 PM
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...that looks a lot like the item they sell as a butt thong. Probably the same supplier.
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Old 05-20-20, 04:08 PM
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A couple days ago I took the (motor)bike out on Peak-to-Peak highway.
I stopped at a convenience store.
While I was there, a small group of Harleys rode in, with riders in the typical black-leather/denim attire.
I was wondering if this crowd was of the anti-mask mentality.
Well, a couple of them went inside, and donned masks to do so.
This type of mask: https://gearrider.com/collections/ri...kull-face-mask
Perfect!
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Some weeks ago I first went to a pharmacy for face masks. None in stock. I then stopped in at Ace Hardware and of course, they had face masks. I also have some bandanas that I prefer. They are doubled over so I believe effective, especially the red ones.
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out of stock
It's always "out of stock". Use the email notification link to be informed whenever they're available again. And be forewarned, they sell out fast. The second you see the email you need to move fast.
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My wife is one the founders of the million mask challenge. Home sewers sewing masks. I scam off the pile of ones she's sending out as donations.
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A friend has been doing the million mask thing, making masks at home for the local children's hospital, and a few for friends.

There are guides online for making or choosing fabric masks. Keep in mind that the purpose of a simple mask -- surgical, dust, homemade -- is to minimize droplet spray from ordinary talking, sneezing or coughing. With a typical multi-layer paper surgical mask very little air is drawn through the mask itself, or exhaled through the mask -- most of it comes in and goes out the sides. Surgical masks were designed to minimize droplet spray from surgeons and OR nurses.

That's about all we can expect from homemade masks. They may protect the wearer from droplets and some aerosols lingering in the air. But even with a mask I avoid some situations.

I had some unavoidable medical appointments the past couple of months and generally avoided the bus and Ubered instead. The city buses have attempted to ensure safe distances between passengers, and suspended fares so there's minimal contact between drivers and passengers -- most passengers are asked to use the middle and end doors, reserving the front door only for disabled folks in wheelchairs.

But too many passengers were crowding together. There was always at least one person talking nonstop on her phone, no mask. A couple of times passengers sat directly behind me and coughed on my neck. So after a couple of bus rides in March I switched to Uber for medical appointments. And I postponed most non-urgent medical appointments. But I had a detached retina last month, and respiratory inflammation unrelated to the coronavirus, so I had to wear masks all day some days.

I always keep basic medical supplies at home so I already had most of a box of 25 surgical masks. I gave six, plus six pairs of gloves, individually bagged up to our apartment complex maintenance crew. I kept three unused in the box.

I'm reusing the same four masks -- I use a fabric steamer between uses to heat clean them. It gets scalding hot at the surface, enough to kill most microbes.
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Hamsters wearing masks

Study: Surgical masks can reduce spread of COVID-19 virus by up to 75%

Lots of headlines like this, but, but, but,..its in hamsters

That Viral Mask Study Was Done on Hamsters

Sadly, they didn't make tiny masks for the hamsters to wear, but put mask material between the cages.

Still it shows some effect for masks, and even if it isnt 75%, its probably worth wearing a mask in certain situations..

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There's a recent video from researchers in Japan demonstrating how droplets and aerosols are spread by ordinary conversation, coughing and sneezing. It's obvious that *any* mask would reduce the amount and distance of orally and nasally expelled droplets. Even with incoming air and expelled breath leaking out the sides of a mask, it's still more effective than the forward expelled cooties from someone not using a mask.

It's fairly comparable to car seat belts. A shoulder belt and air bag didn't prevent my neck and back from being broken when my car was t-boned in 2001. It did save my life.
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CVS over the counter $2

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I use N95 masks at my work... The problem with N95 masks is that all of our industrial suppliers where we buy our masks from have been sold out and back ordered for the last 2 months. .
I keep them on hand as well for jobs like sanding hardwood floors and painted wood. Luckily I had an almost full box from before all the shortages due to CV-19 took place. I sent them around to daughters, brother & in-laws,neighbors & some cycling friends. I still have a few left for my wife & myself but they're not that comfortable to wear. Our Seattle daughter sent my wife & I these behind the ear cloth masks made by Onzie that are more comfortable.

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Cloth face masks on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/search?q=masks

Cloth face masks with filter pocket on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/search?q=Face%2...ilter%20pocket
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I've got a sewing machine at home so just cut up a pillowcase I never use and made a few for myself. Tough part was getting elastic - its out-of-stock right now at all the fabric and craft stores in my area, but I did find some at the local Target store (they sell some craft supplies).
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