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    This far I've yet to wear one - not on any sort of principle but because I live rurally and have barely been off the estate since March!

    Anyone got any tips for what's good, what to look for or avoid, on a covering that will be potentially worn for a longer period e.g. in the cinema or for a wedding/church service, etc?

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    I tend to use the disposable ones you can get packs of from pharmacies or even Ocado. I don't go out regularly so I reuse mine a few times and spray with 70% alcohol spray in between uses.

    You want something that has a nose clip, or something bendy in the nose area to shape it better for a closer fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladymuck View Post
    I tend to use the disposable ones you can get packs of from pharmacies or even Ocado. I don't go out regularly so I reuse mine a few times and spray with 70% alcohol spray in between uses.

    You want something that has a nose clip, or something bendy in the nose area to shape it better for a closer fit.
    I would just add before buying a load of them try them out first. The disposable ones we had didnt fit my face very well but ok for the wife.

    I ended up buying washable ones from here along with filters that sit inside. Seem to fit my face better.
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    can I suggest for you two bags, one to cover your face, and another just in case the first slips off?

    Maybe make them plastic so they are more durable?
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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    This far I've yet to wear one - not on any sort of principle but because I live rurally and have barely been off the estate since March!

    Anyone got any tips for what's good, what to look for or avoid, on a covering that will be potentially worn for a longer period e.g. in the cinema or for a wedding/church service, etc?

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    I bought a box of 50 really good quality disposable masks from a supplier for £10.
    I keep some in a box next to the front door, some in each vehicle and one in each trouser back pocket.
    I have two washable reusable N95 types if needed.

    Bottles of gel and disinfectant everywhere, water for washing hands etc in the vehicles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
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    I'm sure you can find something at home that can be repurposed.


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    Respirators (very effective)
    Only certified N95, FFP2 or FFP3 respirators are effective at blocking Covid.
    These respirators are obviously in high demand and extremely hard to get by general public as supplies are usually restricted to NHS staff only.
    If you manage to find such respirators online (eg Amazon) they are most likely fake.

    Surgical masks (somewhat effective)
    Much less effective than respirators but much better than nothing. You need to make sure they are certified for medical use.
    As with respirators, Amazon is flooded with coverings that resemble surgical masks but most are fake and completely ineffective.
    Look for small print like the following:
    This is general use face mask. The mask is not intended for medical use, and not proven to reduce the transmission of disease.

    Other types
    Effectiveness of other types of face coverings has not been proven. In my opinion dust masks and similar are most likely completely ineffective against Covid. Coronavirus/SARS/Influenza particles are extremely small (0.1 μm). That's 10-1000x smaller than dust particles (1-100 μm).

    Obviously I'm not a doctor so do your own research or consult a professional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesBrown11 View Post
    Respirators (very effective)
    Only certified N95, FFP2 or FFP3 respirators are effective at blocking Covid.
    These respirators are obviously in high demand and extremely hard to get by general public as supplies are usually restricted to NHS staff only.
    If you manage to find such respirators online (eg Amazon) they are most likely fake.

    Surgical masks (somewhat effective)
    Much less effective than respirators but much better than nothing. You need to make sure they are certified for medical use.
    As with respirators, Amazon is flooded with coverings that resemble surgical masks but most are fake and completely ineffective.
    Look for small print like the following:
    This is general use face mask. The mask is not intended for medical use, and not proven to reduce the transmission of disease.

    Other types
    Effectiveness of other types of face coverings has not been proven. In my opinion dust masks and similar are most likely completely ineffective against Covid. Coronavirus/SARS/Influenza particles are extremely small (0.1 μm). That's 10-1000x smaller than dust particles (1-100 μm).

    Obviously I'm not a doctor so do your own research or consult a professional.
    The entire point of face coverings is to protect others from your saliva as much as possible. They aren't to protect you. It is considered bad manners not to wear one in East Asian countries in the cold and flu season when you are near others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy View Post
    I bought a box of 50 really good quality disposable masks from a supplier for £10.
    I keep some in a box next to the front door, some in each vehicle and one in each trouser back pocket.
    I have two washable reusable N95 types if needed.

    Bottles of gel and disinfectant everywhere, water for washing hands etc in the vehicles.
    Of course you do. Why? Because you're a clueless fuqwit.

    In fact I'd venture that you wear a facemask when you're driving - alone.
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