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Masks for Healthcare Workers

David Hill

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Was having messaging with my Woodturning Club members when a suggestion was made: Since most of the masks we use are for small particulates, many are N95 or better. If you use disposables and have many extras still boxed/wrapped, I'm sure that donations to your local facility will be appreciated.
The box or wrapper will identify if it's N95 equivalent.
In my case, mine are not shareable, but I am using my new Elipse in the clinic when needed.

Just a way to help some.
 

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Was having messaging with my Woodturning Club members when a suggestion was made: Since most of the masks we use are for small particulates, many are N95 or better. If you use disposables and have many extras still boxed/wrapped, I'm sure that donations to your local facility will be appreciated.
The box or wrapper will identify if it's N95 equivalent.
In my case, mine are not shareable, but I am using my new Elipse in the clinic when needed.

Just a way to help some.
So it is a year later. A large portion of the mask makers now have it printed on there boxes, "does not protect against Covid -19". We also are seeing N-95 rated masks including the phase "limited to no protection against Covid-19" printed the box. I see the CDC now saying masks are sneeze and cough guards and that allergy seasons are approaching so wearing is a good idea. Has anything changed in your area?
 

David Hill

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So it is a year later. A large portion of the mask makers now have it printed on there boxes, "does not protect against Covid -19". We also are seeing N-95 rated masks including the phase "limited to no protection against Covid-19" printed the box. I see the CDC now saying masks are sneeze and cough guards and that allergy seasons are approaching so wearing is a good idea. Has anything changed in your area?

Yep and what a year it was.
Yes have seen the notations on the masks, yet we still wear them. Even though in Texas it’s not mandated (you see, we’re Neanderthals according to current president)- most businesses would prefer wearing inside. I had my doubts the the mask itself was fine enough to stop individual virus particles— but what they do is cut waaaay down on the fomites —the little particles we emit when speaking/coughing//sneezing— which is what the viruses “ride” on. As a side benefit of masking, the flu is almost nonexistent this year!! In our area the covid positive rate is way down I think because folks are being cautious— but not fearful— despite the propaganda we’re being steadily fed.
If you’re asking “Will I continue to wear??” The answer is yes when I’m amongst lots of people, as in a big grocery or box store— but not when around family or in a restaurant.
We already have decided for the time being to wear them in the clinic setting— that just makes sense.
I probably had the rona early on before we had the tests—but also have been vaccinated. In my line of work, why take a chance?
Am thinking that this will likely a yearly or so shot as I don’t believe it’ll go away.
Sorry for long read—- hope didn’t waste yer time.
 
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