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Originally posted by Drexl
What are the 'lifetimes' of these masks ? I suppose it depends upon the environment and the condition of the person using it, but say supplies were running low of these masks.. could you extend their use somehow .. ie just by washing them etc. Or do they have a special coating that only allows a one-time use and then have to be discarded ?
Originally posted by Freezer
reply to post by smallpeeps
I have a high quality painter's mask, but don't know the type. I do know that it will not capture your "cough" because it's like a valve which is one way to simply let air out and not in. The in-coming air goes through a two filters, and the out going air is released like a snorkel.
The mask I use has replaceable filters, but you keep the mask.
Originally posted by Xavialune
A regular mask is going to do nothing to protect you. The N95 masks do NOT protect against anything smaller than .3 micrograms..it says right on any website that sells them.
Originally posted by ravenshadow13
If you're exposed, don't wash your hands... what do you use to take off your mask with? What do you prepare your food with? What about your clothes?
Handwashing is important. Masks are important. But it's best to just stay home if things get worse. And if worst comes to worst, you get treated.