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So, now we're all supposed to wear face masks. But of course they're not available, and we don't want to deprive health care workers of them even if they were.

Without questioning the politics or the science, for me this means that if I have to go to the supermarket, I should be wearing one so other shoppers don't throw rocks at me.

The answer would seem to be DIY masks.

I'd like to hear how other DIY's are approaching this task. Extra points for a humorous or otherwise interesting design, as well as ease of manufacture for those still developing their tailoring skills.

I may have an advantage because I know how to sew. The results might not be pretty, or even straight, but I learned on a treadle machine so I'm familiar with the process. That said, a no-sew option would be good, too.
 

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I was fortunate in that my wife bought me an RZ mask a couple of years ago for Christmas and since I use it frequently, I always have extra filters for it on hand.

In a pinch I could cut paper coffee filters to fit it.

 
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According to medical professionals, the masks are more effective if they are worn by those who may be infected as it reduces the possibility of mist from a sneeze or cough getting on those nearby.

Since infection can be occur through the the soft tissues of the eyes, there is no real protection for a healthy person wearing a mask unless it is full face and airtight. Even if one had an airtight full face mask, it merely reduces the risk of infection, it is still no guarantee against infection.
 

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According to medical professionals, the masks are more effective if they are worn by those who may be infected as it reduces the possibility of mist from a sneeze or cough getting on those nearby.

Since infection can be occur through the the soft tissues of the eyes, there is no real protection for a healthy person wearing a mask unless it is full face and airtight. Even if one had an airtight full face mask, it merely reduces the risk of infection, it is still no guarantee against infection.

"Those who may be infected" is basically everyone. Since it takes 2 to 14 days for symptoms to show, someone could be spreading the virus even though they feel fine.

Wearing a cloth mask is mostly intended to keep the wearer from spreading infections.

The downside of wearing one is people will be touching their own faces every time they need to readjust an ill fitting mask. Also how and how often to clean or replace a mask.
 

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I have discovered a box of Swifter WetJet pad refils for cleaning the floor.
It appears to have plastic on one side and like a pad of something on the other, but you can breath thru it. It even as a sticky tape on it to stick it on your nose.
 

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I have discovered a box of Swifter WetJet pad refils for cleaning the floor.
It appears to have plastic on one side and like a pad of something on the other, but you can breath thru it. It even as a sticky tape on it to stick it on your nose.
Is it harmful to be breathing the chemical that is on the pad to trap dirt?
 

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According to medical professionals, the masks are more effective if they are worn by those who may be infected as it reduces the possibility of mist from a sneeze or cough getting on those nearby.

Since infection can be occur through the the soft tissues of the eyes, there is no real protection for a healthy person wearing a mask unless it is full face and airtight. Even if one had an airtight full face mask, it merely reduces the risk of infection, it is still no guarantee against infection.

We have lysosomes in our tears that help.


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3844110/
 

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"Those who may be infected" is basically everyone.

And in there lies the crux of the problem.

Many people (not all) believe that because they are wearing a mask and in some cases in conjunction with gloves, they are free to be out and about without fear of infection.

Few things are farther from the truth.
 

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Look at videos from south Korea. EVERYONE was wearing masks in public. The virus there was contained with remarkable speed. Yes, the authorities there were MUCH better prepared than the USA, and people took the threat seriously. In America, not so much.
 
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