I stopped thinking we’d only keep using these things for a few more months when I figured out that they were helping with other problems, too. But “useful” and “needed” AND “comfortable” is still a goal not yet achieved.
@werehatrack I like the Powecom ones (if you have a larger head though the ear loops will be a bit tight. I solve that by looping them behind my glasses ear pieces.) Been on the list as approved N95 substitutes since at least May 2020. Cheap from one of the distributors for the company. In New York. No tax and no shipping last I knew (but of course that may or may not have changed). If I am lucky I can adjust them so no glasses fogging (not always lucky though). https://bonafidemasks.com/face-masks/
Hi. Got these last time. 2 boxes. They are VEEEEERY tight behind the ears. I guess, in a way, that could be a good thing because there’s not a big gap. They are kinda tough to breathe in, so if you have trouble breathing in masks, these are NOT for you. Or if masks typically hurt your ears, these are NOT for you. I’ll suffer through the 2 boxes I purchased. I use them for short periods of time…that’s about all I can handle…pain wise & breath wise, but at work or when I need to wear a mask for hours, no way. Not really complaining, just wanted to give a heads up for others considering them what my issues were. Good luck!
Got these when they were 50-for-$15. Definitely a solid “meh” rating for adults, due to the short-ass ear loops. When I wear one, it gives me Alfalfa Ear
You can mitigate this a bit by firmly pinching the loop together near the mask/loop joint, then tugging the loose end fully taut a half dozen times. Kinda like buying tools from Harbor Fright, ya get what ya pay for.
If these are the same as the ones in the pack with the UV wand and sanitizer sprayer about 2 months ago, the straps seem really short for an average US adult.
Even if you look at the photo of the lady wearing one (the one that is not in the Louvre), it looks like it is pulling her ears forward. and it definitely does that for me, but often the strain of trying to stretch it over my ears gets one of the straps to pop off.
EDIT I mean break at the connection to the mask where the strap is plastic-spot-welded to the mask material. Not pop off my ears. My ears can handle it but they sure don’t like it.
the filter material seems adequate and I’ve started to use these without straps as an inner layer to some thinner cloth masks I had. but I wouldn’t buy more if it was with the same straps.
seriously guy my bro was like you, he had some kind of gut bypass, I was against it but it turned his whole life around.
i have chronic health issues too, Covid has prevented me from having elective surgeries twice already. it forced me to clean up my eating habits completely just to be functional.
(overweight was never a problem for me …I have genetic disorders).
anyhow, I am a loner too, but my dogs keep me sane and in self preservation mode (they are old and would almost certainly be put down rather than re-homed if I croak).
if you are looking for a lifeline, I highly recommend dogs or joining your local unitarian church (I am an atheist bit the Unitarians take everybody … unfortunately my local branches are only meeting remotely).
anyhow, wishing you better health and a richer life!
@guybrush01@phendrick common variants of Covid-19 are mostly spread in moist droplets of snot or saliva which will stick to the fibers of these masks long after they lose the ability to hold tiny dry particles.
In 7 months, these masks may let more than 5% of tiny dry particles pass through.
The passages through the mask are comparatively large, but not straight. Particles in a stream of air will tend to hit the mask fibers. Moist particles will stick to hydrophilic surfaces due to surface tension. Oily or dry particles stick to dangling chemical bounds due to electrostatic effects. The electrostatic characteristics weaken over time.
Heat or ozone exposure will rapidly reduce the electrostatic effectiveness. Oxygen exposure reduces the effectiveness more slowly.
On the 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks, I just hope they bring back Air Marshalls to go beat the crap out of unruly passengers on airplanes, I mean, um, safely and humanely restrain and arrest them.
For all I know we still have Air Marshalls, but when that stuff goes down, they’re like "F#Wk it, guess they’re not a ForeignTerrorist (we were told was the only threat), I’ll let the flight attendants deal with it. "
Have had it and been vaccinated against it. I’mo old fat and tired and hate breathing in warm air especially in the summer while wearing a mask so I’m just going to take my chances. But I think I will be pretty safe I don’t go out much I don’t like people so I don’t have people over and get most of my groceries and other items delivered. Plus I’m broken down with diabetes asthma a double dose of the factor five Leiden gene cholesterol and triglycerides in the mid 400s But my blood pressure is great. Really somebody should’ve just taken me out behind the barn ago and shot me.
@fairchild521@phendrick Come to my neighborhood. We have gun fire around here at least once a week. The murder rate in this city is pretty high so at least some of the shooters seem to have good aim. Unfortunately.
@radi0j0hn don’t use past the expiration date you might get poisoned by degrading plastic and those mosquitoes that shoot you up with cotton candy. Or they might ask you at the entrance of wherever you are going what is the expiration date you know they spoil over time and start to smell yucky and turn green and mildew and mold and release poisonous spores whenever you breathe out.
@ohhwell are you saying you tried this specific brand? cuz while ive bought useless kn95 masks i find the ones that are authentic fit me way better than n95 (especially if they have headstraps rather than ear straps)!
these are so cheap I am tempted to try them with ear savers, but if the brand is bad I wont bother.
@kggoodman I’ve bought large packs of KN95’s 3 times, I think twice from meh. Different boxes than these. 1 was in 5-packs, 1 in 2-packs, 1 individually wrapped (pretty sure that was from meh, and that individually wrapped was mentioned in the ad). I prefer individually wrapped so I can most conveniently and sanitarily give them away to my Uber passengers when needed.
I bought some of those adjustable straps that clip onto the ear loops and take the pressure off the back of my ears. They’re very effective, and they also tighten the fit around the face.
As for these, again: no manufacturer, model #, or any info at all. Not going to buy an important product like this completely blind…
I wish this said if they’re made in Korea or China. I believe the Arun company is in China. Had read in some places (unauthenticated sources, I’ll admit) that the Chinese-manufactured KN95 masks are less reliable but who knows!
ALSO: For those concerned these ear-loops may be short and therefore snug on the ears, I strongly recommend a lanyard, which pulls the earlobes further back and secures around the back of your head rather than on the ears.
@Ishmel@OutbackJon@srbuwsnyc Maybe us wimpy men should get our ears pierced to attach hanging hooks to attach our cheap Chinese KN-95 masks more comfortably, and maybe with some earrings to brighten the mood a bit too. Can’t believe all those women (and sometimes young girls) are so excited about putting holes in their ears.