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Old 01-23-2021, 01:11 PM
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So with the new variant of COVID are any of you thinking of doing the double masking? DH and I wear masks I have made but just ordered a box of disposable masks to wear under them. It may be awhile before we can get vaccinated and we figure we have gone this long doing our best to keep safe, we may as well take this little additional precaution.

The box of 50 will last us a while since we don’t go out and about in public very often anyway.


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Old 01-23-2021, 01:20 PM
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I was just discussing this with a neighbor (masked and 8í away). We talked about all the double-masked Secret Service agents at the Inauguration.

Iím over 65 and eligible, but best estimates for the vaccine for me are mid-late February.

Iím thinking of ordering some KN95 masks.
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Old 01-23-2021, 01:20 PM
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This past week is the first time I noticed the double masking and was wondering about it too.
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Old 01-23-2021, 01:24 PM
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I'm taking my mom (88 years old) to the dr next week in my car. I plan on double masking.

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Old 01-23-2021, 01:24 PM
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Amiga, may I ask where are you ordering KN95 masks from? Thanks, Recess.


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Old 01-23-2021, 01:26 PM
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I wanted to attend a funeral mass for a good friendís MIL on Monday. I did not know her well, and had been thinking about this. I had watched a CNN piece about the ineffectiveness of cloth masks. Dr. Sanjay Gupta talked about the N95 masks, but they had to fit well in order to work. I had decided to double mask, but in the end, decided against going to the mass because I did not feel safe and am older.

My vaccination date for the first shot is March 18. It cannot come fast enough.
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Old 01-23-2021, 01:32 PM
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Amiga, may I ask where are you ordering KN95 masks from? Thanks, Recess.
Amazon. I just ordered (in assorted colors!) and theyíre supposed to arrive tomorrow. If you decide to order, look carefully at delivery dates; I ordered then had to cancel and reorder something quicker.
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Old 01-23-2021, 01:37 PM
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I do not plan on double masking as I don’t really go anywhere that I am close to people enough to find it necessary.
I have cloth masks but almost exclusively use surgical masks as I find them to not feel as constricting.

I have heard many doctors recommend Air Queen mask. They’re disposable but you can wear each one up to 10 times and they are FDA approved. They are available on Amazon if anybody is interested:

https://www.amazon.com/Authentic-3-L.../dp/B08CV98CG9

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Old 01-23-2021, 01:44 PM
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I have a couple of masks that are thin so I've been pairing a disposible with them. The disposible masks have no gaping and have the nose wire. I feel much safer. I may do that with them all.

We've made it this far, I really want to be able to say that a year from now.
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Old 01-23-2021, 01:50 PM
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Nope! I don't go enough places that I need to double mask. I don't get near people!

My current homemade masks are lined & been tested to be just about as effective as an N95 mask. This is how we've done it from the beginning! My son, with a compromised immune system, was adamant he wanted "good" masks and we couldn't get N95. He did researched and learned if you lined them with a super high efficiency house filter, and 2 layers of good cotton you could get the same effectiveness as N95. Shortly after we made a bunch there was a youtube video of a nurse touting the efficiency of these same masks.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QFCLAgekHSc


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Old 01-23-2021, 02:03 PM
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I've been double masking for about 2 months now.

I really think I've done that only for peace of mind, though. It just made me feel better.

I was slightly alarmed to see Biden's press person go to the podium and take off her mask before speaking- only to notice that under her cloth mask was what seemed to be a N95 mask as well!

In the past, seeing a person with NO mask would alarm me.
Now, after seeing Biden's press person, I wonder if seeing people with only 1 mask will alarm me!!
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Thanks for posting
Old 01-23-2021, 02:08 PM
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I have never heard about double masking. I know and have seen people who wear a mask and a face shield, but not tow masks. Something new to consider.
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Old 01-23-2021, 02:43 PM
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Amiga thanks for mentioning K95 masks. I meant to order some and then forgot so I just now placed an order and they will arrive tomorrow.
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Old 01-23-2021, 03:03 PM
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I'm surprised that this is considered to be new information. Haven't we been being told all along that more layers = more protection? I always wear either a double layer mask with a pocket for a filter or my Sonovia mask with another mask underneath. My grandson wears a mask with a pocket that allows a disposable mask to be inserted. Three layers or two layers with zinc-oxide nano-particles has been my rule for at least eight months, now. And, if I have to be in a room with unmasked preschoolers, I wear a face shield in addition to that.

It appears that this information missed a lot of people though. The school where I work provided cloth masks for all the students but I was pretty shocked when I saw them. Not only were they one layer, but that single layer was quite sheer. And they weren't adjustable in any way, so they were pretty useless to the younger kids. *sigh*
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Old 01-23-2021, 03:13 PM
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I have had this conversation with DH. There was an article in the NY Sunday Times about it, and I learned that double masking would be better. My DD has been doing so for many months now since she is in health care.

KN95 masks are ridiculously expensive. I understand that you can wear them for a week or so, but you should to let them dry in the sun between wearings.

I think the blue paper masks underneath my cloth mask should work OK. And I will only double mask when I need to go into a store or medical office.

I hope I will become eligible for the vaccine soon. Even then wearing masks is still a must, since there are variants coming around the corner that the vaccine may not be helpful for.

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Three layers or two layers with zinc-oxide nano-particles has been my rule for at least eight months, now.
My home made masks have two layers and a pocket with filter. I started making them in March of 2020. What I am now doing is adding ANOTHER mask underneath.

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Old 01-23-2021, 03:24 PM
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I double mask. I am back to school f2f and not everyone is 'vigilant'. I have quarantined twice due to exposure and I really want to make it until my shot date. I feel safer. I use a disposable medical blue one under a 3 layer cloth mask.
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Old 01-23-2021, 03:47 PM
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No, I won't.
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Old 01-23-2021, 03:55 PM
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Probably not. If I feel like I'm going into more of a high risk area (dr office) I wear my k95. Teaching all day in a mask is hard enough - I can't imagine adding an extra mask to it. However, I do only wear thicker masks, so maybe that's why.
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Old 01-23-2021, 04:16 PM
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The recommendation is that masks are 3 layers now. Many disposable and reusable are only 2, especially if made or bought early.
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Old 01-23-2021, 06:08 PM
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Teaching all day in a mask is hard enough - I can't imagine adding an extra mask to it.
Same here. We have KN95s but they are SO uncomfortable- I cannot imagine wearing that all day and teaching in it. I try to wear mine when testing because I have to be fairly close to the student, and I feel like my ears are just going to fall off, and it cuts into my face where the sides of the mask hit as well.

Our state health department says teachers don't have to quarantine if they wear the KN95 AND a shield all day. I also originally tried the shield for testing, and it fogged up in about 2 seconds. I couldn't see a thing nor did I feel like I could breathe very well. Thankfully my district "strongly encouraged" the idea but did say they couldn't force us. Some districts are making their employees wear both all day. No one at my school does it and I asked our OT (goes to multiple schools), and she said she hasn't seen anyone at other schools doing it either.

I could see doing that for a short stint in a higher risk situation (Dr's office, plane, etc.) but I would never teach in it all day.
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I do- depending on where I am
Old 01-23-2021, 08:57 PM
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Inside I always double mask.

Outside I wear a single mask.
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Old 01-24-2021, 05:37 AM
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I guess I am behind on info! My masks are double layers that are a thickly woven fabric. Since I make my own I have control over that factor. I do not have the pocket for a filter, so that is way we will be doubling up.
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I googled and found this info
Old 01-24-2021, 06:23 AM
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https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsan...-keep-you-safe

I may be doing the double cloth mask with a filter and the panty hose over it to keep it tight.

I have made our masks at home. Now there are so many patterns and styles I am confused as to which ones are the best.
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Old 01-24-2021, 06:25 AM
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I never considered it but we're going back f2f next week and now I'm thinking a KN95 under my cloth mask may be a good idea.

Anyone have experience with any specifoc brands on Amazon?
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Old 01-24-2021, 06:32 AM
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If you’re looking for true KN95 masks from Amazon, please be careful what you order. There have been lots of reports about fake KN95 masks being sold.

The Air Queen masks I spoke about earlier about actually tested to work as well as or better than a KN95. My cousin is an anesthesiologist and they have providers fit for them when fitting N95 masks (all fittings are based on your face shape and the type of mask that provides the best seal). The are made in South Korea but are FDA approved.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...301190358.html

https://www.kgun9.com/the-morning-bl...l-this-holiday
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Old 01-24-2021, 06:58 AM
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Thank you. I looked at the Air Queen masks last night and some of the reviews questioned their authenticity so I didn't order.

I just went ahead and ordered a 2-pack to try them out.
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Old 01-24-2021, 07:10 AM
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I think that because the material is not what people are used to from masks they see them as ďthinĒ but they use a different technology than ďregularĒ masks.
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Old 01-24-2021, 08:32 AM
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On Fri., the 22nd, on the news I watch with Dr. Drew Pinsky and Elex Michaelson, they were talking abotu starting to double-mask. Drew didn't say NO and that it would be a good idea.

I'm definintely NOT opposed to it too and have worn 2 before. I still wear a mask and face shield most of the time though, so I still like the WHOLE face shield since it covers the whole face, but will double-up too.

Thanks Lilbitkm for the link. Those look nicer than the KN95 masks I've ordered in the past.

sevenplus, I'll try to see those reviews too.
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Old 01-24-2021, 07:27 PM
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No way. I struggle to breathe and teach in one all day. Iíve been teaching in person and online since August. Itís so hard and hasnít gotten easier in months. 2 masks? Iím crying.

I know. I know breathing doesnít matter, just wear the thing and if you die from an asthma attack no one cares as long as itís not from Covid. If you die from asthma then at least youíre not selfish. If you take off your mask to breathe youíre selfish and causing Covid. It wonít be reported on the news if itís asthma so thatís fine.
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Old 01-25-2021, 02:40 PM
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Dr. Fauci says it is more effective. I am teaching in person and wear a disposable mask underneath a cloth mask.
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