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Forum topic by AlanWS posted 03-19-2020 07:37 PM 506 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AlanWS

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03-19-2020 07:37 PM

Health care workers are being told to buy their own masks, if they can find them. I had a box of N95 rated masks to protect me from dust, and donated them to local health care workers. Others might consider doing the same, as having healthy care workers is likely more important than wearing a mask.

Mine were 3M 8511 particulate respirators, but anything labelled N95 could be helpful.

-- Alan in Wisconsin


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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 03-19-2020 09:09 PM

Another reason I’m a happily retired RN, and while I was still working left hospital work early on. Hospitals should provide masks, ALWAYS.

Donate a mask could work, but if you use them because you have a diagnosis of COPD, Asthma, or other respiratory issues, if you do donate, stay out of the shop.

-- Think safe, be safe

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splintergroup

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#2 posted 03-19-2020 09:18 PM

Some medical facilities may be grateful for the offer, but will decline.

Sort of like buying an open bottle of aspirin, you really don’t know how they were stored and the providence can’t be confirmed (all relating to the sterility).

I’m sure some yahoo would sue if they were treated by a medic who couldn’t prove their masks were sterile and caught the sniffles.

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TravisH

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#3 posted 03-19-2020 09:29 PM

Several are also asking for donations and even having local public sew them masks…..

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#4 posted 03-20-2020 12:36 AM

I donated mine to the girls who work at the local supermarket. I only had 8, unopened/still in plastic packaging. The manager said she would pass them out immediately. She was about to give me hug and stopped herself short. They have strict orders now about distancing. I really dont think they are sufficient to protect against virus, but if it eases the girlsĀ“minds some, then cant hurt.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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DTrak

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#5 posted 03-24-2020 01:58 AM

There is still a strong need for N95 masks. If you have any unopened, please checkout
https://www.mask-match.com/

It’s a great way we can help.

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Murdock

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#6 posted 03-25-2020 03:43 PM

In my area there are several drop off locations for masks, they are taking them and going through some sort of verification before distributing to the local hospitals. These curbside drop offs are being run by the hospital staff.

I also hear that some areas are asking for other supplies as well, check your local media, they probably have information for what is needed in your area.

Be safe

-- "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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HokieKen

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#7 posted 03-25-2020 03:55 PM

They have local dropoffs here for masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. But they won’t accept anything that isn’t new and sealed and they won’t accept homemade sanitizer or sewn masks.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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langski93

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#8 posted 04-03-2020 02:34 AM

If there in the original packaging they want them. I have a box of 3M that I opened and removed one some time ago. The others are in the original plastic in the original box. If you have doubt and know a nurse give them to the nurse and she will make sure they get put to good use. I thought 5 masks were too few to make a difference. Trust me they want them.

-- Langski, New Hampshire

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Dark_Lightning

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#9 posted 04-03-2020 03:22 AM

I have 3 N95 masks I bought many months ago, for protection against sawdust. I have 2 left, and wouldn’t expect a medical professional to accept them for medical use, for medical malpractice reasons. I may have caught the Covid-19 virus, based on symptoms that started at 2 AM this morning (fever, sore throat). I’m going to track the progression and contact my medical provider if symptoms get worse.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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