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  • #294628

    incognito
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    have never made much sense to me because they are one time use. Seems so wasteful and bad for the environment because they aren’t recyclable.

    This guy, a designer who understands the properties of polypropylene, has a way to sterilize and reuse disposable masks! Almost boiling water, a toothbrush and hand soap!

    I would definitely buy disposable masks now.

    Check it out!

     

  • #294633

    Flobee1kenobi
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    I agree its a waste, and the mask itself doesnt offer a lot of protection. When I hear about people using the same mask for several days, I think the idea of the cloth masks works better. Have a few, wash them in bleach every so often.

    • #294638

      ArtfromArk
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      Here in Japan, the corona outbreak started much earlier than in the US, and the population density of this country is much higher than in the US, and yet, we have only had less than 2000 confirmed cases of corona so far (excluding cruise ships), and that’s in large part because people wear face masks in public. In contrast, the US, with a population of about 2.7 times that of Japan, now has more than 100,000 confirmed cases, or 50 times that of Japan, and relatively few people in the US wear face masks.

      • #294643

        incognito
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        could make things worse, I felt in my gut they were lying. They just didn’t have enough masks for doctors, nurses and first responders and didn’t want a run on face masks. So, after they told us not to wear them, I immediately bought 3 cloth reusable masks..for me, my son and DIL.

        And now I know my gut was right. Now they want us to wear them.

        Just seeing everyone in China wearing masks every time a virus sweeps through the country, kinda tells me the U. S. government just cannot be believed about ANYTHING anymore.

        @artfromark

        • #294652

          ArtfromArk
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          When I told people here in Japan that the CDC was cautioning “healthy” people not to wear face masks, they were dumbfounded. If you’re healthy and you want to stay that way, it’s just common sense over here that you wear a face mask in public if something is “going around”. But even with the relatively low infection rate, the governor of Tokyo is cautioning people not to make “unnecessary” trips to Tokyo, what they are calling a”soft” lockdown because it relies completely on voluntary compliance.

    • #294641

      incognito
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      that’s my thinking too.

      Yesterday I went down another YouTube rabbit hole watching “how to make a face mask” videos because I was trying to find what filter could be used inside my current cloth reusable mask and in new ones I may sew. I found this mask. I like the design, but especially like the fabric filter she uses. It’s a water resistant, breathable and washable fabric that “shouldn’t” allow Covid-19 through. “Oly Fun” fabric.

      I plan to make filters with hepa vacuum bags and Oly Fun stitched together for my current mask and line new masks with the oly fun fabric.

      Here’s her video. Very informative!

      @flobee1kenobi

  • #294656

    B Calm
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    They fit great.  She is thinking about using coffee filters in a sewn in pouch.

  • #294713

    Mr. Mickeys Mom
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    … and while we’re at it, the clothes you wear out to the occasional grocery visit should be laundered. Hair would then be washed unless you covered it. The more surface area you have (hair, clothing-wise), the more airborne droplet can land on you.

    And, it goes without saying that you have to wash the latex or nitrile gloves. I ran out of nitrile and obtained latex, which I pull over a cotton-spandex glove…. ALL get washed.

    I say, be a germaphobe!

     

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