@GWLucid Pretty sure these are “standard size” so probably too small for your face & mine for that matter. Not throwing shade, I have a big head & I struggle to find N95 or equivalent masks that fit. I’m using 4-layer cloth “beard” masks that also allow me to put a filter in as the closest substitute. Still hard to find large enough filters though.
@GWLucid@marvelljones Same problem here. I’ve gotten some XL masks from Enro that work well for large heads/faces. They’re not the cheapest, but they seem well made and fit better than anything else I’ve found.
@GWLucid yes they are too small. You might be able to use them with a lanyard. I bought them as spares. I’ve got a pretty big head and the NIOSH approved Powecom fit me best (cheaper at Bonafidemasks than Amazon. Powecom masks puts out an extra large style but they are hard to find.
I got a ten-pack off Amazon … they weren’t marked as large in the item description but I’d noticed a lot of reviews saying they were too loose so I tried them, but found they were too big.
Anyhow, the regular Powecom fit me but I am not bearded. If a new more dangerous variant surfaces, you may want to consider shaving. COVID aside, there is a well known study that found nearly 50 per cent of beards contained traces of fecal matter.
A beard is obviously going to compromise how well a mask seals to your face.
@brasscupcakes@GWLucid I don’t have a beard, but I have a large head, large Sicilian nose, and a prominent chin. I’ve found only the cloth masks that are large enough for a short to medium length beard work for me. The XXL “beard mask” from Headline Shirts to be specific.
@909 I’d say that when optional, it’s more about political alignment at this point. Wearing masks forever isn’t a viable option for most people, and those who have been vaccinated aren’t receiving the benefits they were promised. Just an opportunity to pit people against each other.
@909 Nonsense. These may or may not be as good masks as they say (various manufacturers of KN95 are assessed at https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/respirators/testing/NonNIOSHresults.html, but I can’t find any of the ones who made the masks I’ve bought at meh). But any mask will take some stuff out of the air, so it will in a sense be fresher than it was going in, and it will not trap any so-called “acidic gases”. It will decrease the amount of covid particles, too, at least somewhat (more for a good mask, a lot more for a really good mask) even if they’re smaller than the mask filtration, since they’re likely bound up in water droplets, not just free floating. Nothing is perfect, but everything adds up to lower your odds of getting sick or infecting another person: vaccines, mask on the well person, mask on the sick person.
@12thMan Source? Just because they were there doesn’t mean they didn’t get sick or spread COVID. Vaccines help a lot, but they’re not perfect. It’s an odds game. Masks help the odds, as do vaccines and/or testing. Combining them helps more.
@artygeorgia Masks were meant to slow spread, not prevent needing a vaccine. Vaccines aren’t cures they blunt the spread and can kill off a virus if enough people take them. The reason is a virus will have a harder time gaining a foot hold in a vaccinated body.
However If large enough pockets of people don’t take the vaccine the virus can mutate and lower the effectiveness of current vaccines.
Yes. The larger the pool of infected people providing host cells for the virus to reproduce from, the greater the chance that one of them will mistranscribe or adopt found code in a manner that makes the resulting code more deadly, more easily able to infect a new host, slower to manifest symptoms so that it can spread farther undetected, or any combination of the above. It takes many centuries for evolution to select for a version that minimizes its virulence and damage, but a 100%-kill-rate variant could pop up at any time while the virus continues to circulate, and those who are deploying the least defenses will be at greatest risk. This, too, is evolution in action, in its own way.