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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.

        “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

        • #294643
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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.

            “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

            • #294671
              JonLP
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              I have seen countries flatten the curve while the US keeps increasing becoming the #1 country. Even countries like Iran under sanctions which had a hard time dealing with it managed to do a better job of controlling it.

              Let this radicalize you rather than lead you to despair - Mariame Kaba

              • #294682
                ArtfromArk
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                At first, the prime minister was hesitant to acknowledge the potential effects of the virus because he wanted the Olympics to be held on schedule. But he finally came around when he realized that inviting athletes from all over the world to Japan in the midst of a pandemic might not be such a good idea. At least the IOC has agreed to a postponement, instead of a cancellation, of the Tokyo Olympics.

                “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

              • #294685
                ArtfromArk
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                I currently have to wait until around mid-April to see what kind of effect this might have on me.

                “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

      • #294641
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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.

      • #294663
        ArtfromArk
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        Are your face masks like that?

        “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

        • #294669
          B Calm
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          I just happened to have a lot of pipe cleaners for my one hitter!

          • #294677
            ArtfromArk
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            *Thumbs up*

            “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

      • #294673
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        if my 1974 Kenmore sewing machine will cooperate. I have a love/hate relationship with that thing, but just cannot part with it. And it weighs about 100 lbs.

        I have a ton of muslin fabric I bought years ago and bandanas, a bunch of elestic I can use for ear loops and only need the hepa vacuum bags and oly fun fabric for filtering. You can cut aluminum pans to make the metal bars to form over the nose (brilliant) and sew right through it . I made a bunch of wire nose pieces yesterday by twisting 18 Guage aluminum wire together… looks like that will work too… so I’m looking forward to fighting with my old Kenmore soon!


        @bcalm

        • #294689
          ArtfromArk
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          She was a really good seamstress in her day.

          “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

    • #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!

       

      Hell, no... I'm not giving up...

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