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Home Made reuseable Mask Protection


 
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Figure. Prototype mask. A) Side view, B) Face side.

This mask consisted of 1 outer layer (≈37 cm × 72 cm) rolled and cut as in panel B with 8 inner layers (<18 cm2) placed inside (against the face).
The nose slit was first placed over the bridge of the nose, and the roll was tied below the back of the neck.
The area around the nose was adjusted to eliminate any leakage.
If the seal was not tight, it was adjusted by adding extra material under the roll between the cheek and nose or by pushing the rolled fabric above or below the cheekbone.
Tie b was tied over the head.
A cloth extension was added if tie b was too short.
Finally, tie c was tied behind the head.
The mask was then fit tested.

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I have some questions about masks:
 
What about surplus military gas masks? 
If you get the current NATO filters with a foreign gas mask will that protect you? 
How long would the filter last?
 
what about full face or 1/2 face respirators from the industrial side?
What filters to buy?
How long will the filters last?
 
 
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If you get a full or half face respirator you might as well get N100 filter cartridges. You can get them just about anywhere for name brand masks - I've seen them on the shelves at Home Depot. I have a full face 3M respirator which I can use if I think I need complete protection. It looks like something out of "Outbreak", but nothing reaches you. The number of hours they can be used is usually printed on the box somewhere. I seem to remember seeing 40 hours on the ones I bought. Mine are N100/acid gas cartridges so it may be different for straight N100 filters. Bought mine a while back so I could watch top fuel dragsters start up in the pits from a few feet away - I don't even smell the nitro when I'm wearing it, so I know viruses aren't getting past it  Smile
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Does anyone know where to get young childrens' masks?
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Kimberly Clark makes a childs mask. It isn't N-100 but it's better than nothing.
 
Just a reminder, respiratory protection is only part of the
personal protective equipment to avoid exposure.
Avoidance is the best plan to prevent infection of human avian influenza.
 
 
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HWHPrep the CIDRAP said there are no approved childrens masks or respirators. I just do not know anything about Kimberly Clark, just wanted to point out what I had found.

The report notes that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared many face masks, though none specifically for use by children. Also, the FDA recently cleared the first respirators intended for use by the public during a public health emergency such as a pandemic, it says. However, there are no respirators designed for children.

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The Northern Safety Company has a good variety of respirators.
 
See the small N-95's. they won't fit infants but should be OK for kids.
 
For protection regardless of size, see PAPR's
 
 
 
 
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Originally posted by Annie Annie wrote:

HWHPrep the CIDRAP said there are no approved childrens masks or respirators. I just do not know anything about Kimberly Clark, just wanted to point out what I had found.

The report notes that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared many face masks, though none specifically for use by children. Also, the FDA recently cleared the first respirators intended for use by the public during a public health emergency such as a pandemic, it says. However, there are no respirators designed for children.

Originally posted by H2HPrep H2HPrep wrote:

The Northern Safety Company has a good variety of respirators.

See the small N-95's. they won't fit infants but should be OK for kids.
For protection regardless of size, see PAPR's
 
 
Thanks H2HPrep, this is why the forum is so good to participate! Appreciate you. Annie Clap
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In general section I posted article on homemade mask from cdc.
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The best childrens masks on the market IMHO are the Kimberley Clark PFR -95 Fluid Shield in small. They fit children from 2 years up.
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According to the Book, How to Beat the Bird Flu by Mike Adams, you want airtight facemasks, non electric heat source, cell phone, LED flashlight, Candles, AM/FM wind up powered radio, bicycle, warm clothing, sleeping bags (below zero preferrable) toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, tissue paper, paper towels, canned foods, can opener, pure water, water bags, water barrels, food grade hydrogen peroxide, hand powered water pump, non electric water filters, camping stove to boil water. Also Antiviral whole foods, berries particularly blueberries, garlic (most important), cruciferous vegetables, ****ake mushrooms, aloe vera (nutritional and first aid use) onions (second most important), ginger, spirulina. Antiviral vitamins and minerals: Vitamin E, A, C, Selenium and Zinc. Antiviral herbs: Echinacea, Astragalus, St John's Wart, Licorice, Lemon Balm, Green Tea, Grapefruit seed extract, olive leaves, mint leaves, calendula, cat's claw or Una De Galo. Antiviral Products: ViraShield, Super ViraGon (tincture; most important), Illumination (tincture), Protector 2000 (capsules), Sambucol (syrup), Elderberry, Agaricus, Echinacea Plus, ****ake Mushroom Supreme, Hawaiian Spirulina, Astaxanthin, Colloidal Silver (only to be used as a last resort)
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From the research I've carried out disposable respirators (face masks) as best as the idea is that you carefully throw them away after use which reduces the risk of cross contamination. For those living in the EU FFP2 grade may be sufficient however FFP3 offers better filtration of virus particles. For those based in the USA, N95 and N99 are the equivalents (with the N99 being the better of the 2 as per the EU's FFP3 grade). I don't much about the N100 as mentioned further up in this fourum.
 
I keep up to date on this subject here:  http://www.swineflunewsportal.com/swine-flu-masks.asp
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