Can wearing a face mask protect you from the new coronavirus?

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Feb 1, 2020
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Good luck getting one. Most manufacturers are backordered until April. They were all bought out on Monday. Already seen the price gouging online on Amazon.
 
Feb 1, 2020
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yes...yes...THANK YOU for posting this so now all of these ignorant people can now go out and buy up all of the N95s so there are none for the people working in hospitals that ACTUALLY NEED THEM. fantastic.
 
Feb 1, 2020
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P95 or R95 would work just as well, they just contain an additional layer to handle certain oil or organic particulates. As for not buying N95 online... I'm guessing he's talking about Amazon or Ebay where you don't know what you're getting. However, all major home repair, wood working or fabrication supply shops sell N95 masks. I always keep a box in case I run out of cartridges for my the respirator I use for wood working and painting.
 
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Feb 2, 2020
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I was looking at the n95 masks for sale on the net. No two seem to look alike. Most of them are listed a partial mask dust, saw dust that sort of thing. Is there some other way to ID the right mask?
Your comment about fitting…If I cut a nylon stocking across the leg and then singed the edge to prevent runs and used this to secure the surgical mask. I have two boxes of surgical masks. (I was planning to sail around the world by my self and had a good first aid kit put together but life got in the way.) Might this help?
 
Feb 3, 2020
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The n95 masks are readily available from Home Depot. Look in the drywall or cement handling section, since they are designed for stopping small particulates. At the same time, I just bought a box of 10 masks from our local Costco during the California wildfire season. They are very durable and easy to fit to your face. Box of 10 at Home Depot: $20.
 
Feb 4, 2020
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yes...yes...THANK YOU for posting this so now all of these ignorant people can now go out and buy up all of the N95s so there are none for the people working in hospitals that ACTUALLY NEED THEM. fantastic.
Ah yes I'm sure all the hospitals are getting their N95 masks from walmart and Home Depot.
 
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Feb 11, 2020
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A surgical mask is better than no protection at all and also prevents dirty hands from touching the face. Combined with recommended hygiene practice of washing hands regularly, can improve odds of not being infected.

N95 masks are relatively expensive and required for only extreme circumstances. The ones with the exhalation valve are the best to prevent overheating and ease breathing.

Masks are often worn in far east Asian countries as a means to not only prevent infection, but transmission to others. As it is not always possible, nor realistic, for everyone to stay at home and quarantine themselves over a slight cold, wearing a mask is a good compromise to mitigate transmission while being considerate of others.
 
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Feb 11, 2020
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The brand I have says it meets the following standards : "ASTM F2100-Level 3 Standards". It claims to be "anti-viral" of "flu-fighter", FDA tested to kill 99.99% of flu through triple layer system that includes copper and zinc ions. Will this anti viral layer work against coronavirus?
 
Feb 12, 2020
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Media reports about face masks tread a fine line of racism due to their ignorance.

When people go to the store to buy those masks, they aren't labeled surgical in translation. They're not thought of as a misappropriated product. They're designed for sickness comfort.

Recent pictures have often shown people wearing the low-grade face masks (that are also packaged as 'surgical' when delivered to hospitals). But there are more than those available on the market for comfort during sickness. There are masks that are more fitted to the face than the ones we see in pictures. They're really popular, so there's evidently selective journalism and propaganda at work. There are masks with a pouch inside for a moisture insert, which is nice on a cold winter day. There are masks that are menthol and eucalyptus (so good when congested).

Masks are generally rather pleasant when the air is cold and you're not worried about sickness. When you are sick, they're bliss to wear. They give you a barrier between you and the world. Hay fever days, the mask is your best friend.

Sort it out, Western imperialists.
 
Feb 24, 2020
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Feb 24, 2020
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Yes, mask can protect you if you use the right mask but it will useless if you still go to the place that full of people and touch the think that is public. So please try to stay the save place because if we not stop the virus is still separated.
 
Feb 29, 2020
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Did you check with infection control specialist about this? Because the one I spoke to said it can still enter through your eyes so a even a good face mask alone will not protect you. You'd have to also wear face shield.
 
Mar 3, 2020
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"Health care workers and those "taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility)," should also wear face masks, the CDC reported. "

Uhm.... why, exactly, if they don't work to stop the virus being transmitted?
 
Mar 5, 2020
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For the Seinfeld regulars:

-Elaine for binge buying a case of sponges

-Elaine gathers all the toilet paper in the bathroom
"can't spare a square"
 
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