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    Terry, I hope things get worked out quickly and easily!
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    Thanks everyone. I am breaking out with eczema in many places, my BP is up and my asthma flared up. I just need to chill out and accept that I cannot control this.

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    TT he may be safer there than here. John Oliver did a show on corona and mentioned Vietnam has done well at controlling its spread.

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    Thanks Y.

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    Just got a link to directions to make a facemask, from a hospital, if anyone is interested. I might try to make one.

    https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tybee View Post
    Just got a link to directions to make a facemask, from a hospital, if anyone is interested. I might try to make one.

    https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask
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    I've read many articles asking people not to make their own masks for some good reasons. #1 A cloth/fabric mask doesn't offer much protection. The only materials offering anything near surgical mask protection is vacuum cleaner bag material or a double layer of tea towel, however, neither of those are very breathable, meaning, you're ending up breathing your own stale breath and struggle to breath at all. #2 Wearing a cloth mask increases the warm moist environment around the mouth and nose which would give any infected droplets that land there a perfect environment to reproduce. #3 "They" say there is no evidence that wearing a homemade mask can reduce your likelihood of becoming infected, but this seems suspect in light of the warnings that infected people should wear them if there's nothing else available in order to stop infection spread. So I wonder why it works one way and not the other? They do say they worry that people wearing cotton masks may simply touch their faces more believing they are protected or adjust the masks more with potentially infected hands and that's some of the argument against it.

    In the end, health professionals are saying that if you want a 50% better chance of not getting it, make the mask out of t shirt/jersey fabric or pillowcase which has much better breathability factor than the vacuum bag or double tea towel. It has a 50% rate of permeability for the viruses the same size as coronavirus. But if you are changing them often, washing them in hot water, and don't touch your face more to adjust them or because you think you're safer, then it's better than nothing if you feel at risk out in the world or at home with a sick loved one.

    I always check the science before relying on blogs where concerns medical care. Craft blogs are awesome but they don't necessarily do their research first. This is one of the articles citing studies: https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/...ce-mask-virus/

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    Quote Originally Posted by philokalia View Post
    I've read many articles asking people not to make their own masks for some good reasons. #1 A cloth/fabric mask doesn't offer much protection. The only materials offering anything near surgical mask protection is vacuum cleaner bag material or a double layer of tea towel, however, neither of those are very breathable, meaning, you're ending up breathing your own stale breath and struggle to breath at all. #2 Wearing a cloth mask increases the warm moist environment around the mouth and nose which would give any infected droplets that land there a perfect environment to reproduce. #3 "They" say there is no evidence that wearing a homemade mask can reduce your likelihood of becoming infected, but this seems suspect in light of the warnings that infected people should wear them if there's nothing else available in order to stop infection spread. So I wonder why it works one way and not the other? They do say they worry that people wearing cotton masks may simply touch their faces more believing they are protected or adjust the masks more with potentially infected hands and that's some of the argument against it.

    In the end, health professionals are saying that if you want a 50% better chance of not getting it, make the mask out of t shirt/jersey fabric or pillowcase which has much better breathability factor than the vacuum bag or double tea towel. It has a 50% rate of permeability for the viruses the same size as coronavirus. But if you are changing them often, washing them in hot water, and don't touch your face more to adjust them or because you think you're safer, then it's better than nothing if you feel at risk out in the world or at home with a sick loved one.

    I always check the science before relying on blogs where concerns medical care. Craft blogs are awesome but they don't necessarily do their research first. This is one of the articles citing studies: https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/...ce-mask-virus/
    You may be absolutely right, but Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana was the source, and they requested people make masks--if you go to the link, you will see why I posted it.

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    The rationale from my understanding:

    The sick person is masked and the well person is not - in most cases

    1. The mask catches coughs and sneezes of the sick person before It goes into the air as droplets where it could land on other people’s faces and mucus membranes

    2. If the sick person sneezes without a mask and the healthy person has a mask, the healthy persons eyes are still exposed where there are mucus membranes

    There are exceptions - like when a hospital worker is close to a sick person as they give care. Then both are masked and healthcare worker also wears eye protection and other items.

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    Apparently, vacuum filter paper is pretty effective.

    https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/...ce-mask-virus/

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