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spinbaby

(15,088 posts)
Thu Sep 9, 2021, 09:54 AM Sep 2021

A mask recommendation

Like many of you, I’m back to wearing N95 masks, which aren’t the most comfortable. A friend who’s a respiratory therapist told me to get Kimberly-Clark Duckbill N95 masks. She says they are the most comfortable and wears them at work, where she hasn’t caught covid even after being close to covid patients since the beginning of the pandemic. Let me tell you, these things really are far more comfortable than the basic N95 masks I’d been wearing. They have a lot of space to breathe and don’t fog my glasses. They’re my go-to mask now, enabling me to go out among the great unmasked.

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A mask recommendation (Original Post) spinbaby Sep 2021 OP
I couldn't pass the fit test with the duck bill I have to use the small 3M. It's not too bad mucifer Sep 2021 #1
I've been snowybirdie Sep 2021 #2
Do not double mask with a respirator. sir pball Sep 2021 #8
No snowybirdie Sep 2021 #10
A K/N95 "mask" is a respirator sir pball Sep 2021 #11
Those are my favorites Ohiya Sep 2021 #3
They've become widely available spinbaby Sep 2021 #6
I wasn't clear.. Ohiya Sep 2021 #7
Are these N95s cilla4progress Sep 2021 #4
These are N95s spinbaby Sep 2021 #5
Currently on Amazon for $0.92/pc sir pball Sep 2021 #9
Sir, interested in your thoughts about the cilla4progress Sep 2021 #12
Powecom masks are FDA cleared sir pball Sep 2021 #13

sir pball

(4,740 posts)
8. Do not double mask with a respirator.
Thu Sep 9, 2021, 11:25 AM
Sep 2021

At best it does nothing, at worst it nullifies the protective aspect of a respirator. If you're using something that makes "breathing easier", you're bypassing the filtration of your K/N95 - might as well just wear surgical or cloth masks at that point.

sir pball

(4,740 posts)
11. A K/N95 "mask" is a respirator
Thu Sep 9, 2021, 11:44 AM
Sep 2021

If your mask is certified to a specified level of filtration it's considered a respirator, but it will only perform to that rating if you wear it with nothing underneath. I'm familiar with mask frames, even if you feel you're still "covered up", you're likely loosening the respirator enough to allow unfiltered air in around the face seal.

I'm currently sitting on a plane to Florida with a 3M N95 cutting into my nosebridge; I do wish there was some way to make it more comfortable but it's just not possible without either compromising the protective aspects, or going with a full-blown half-face cartridge mask which is a little too much even for me...

Ohiya

(2,228 posts)
3. Those are my favorites
Thu Sep 9, 2021, 10:23 AM
Sep 2021

I bought a package of 100 and they weren't very expensive. Our neighborhood drugstore sells n95's for $2.50 each!

Ohiya

(2,228 posts)
7. I wasn't clear..
Thu Sep 9, 2021, 11:24 AM
Sep 2021

I meant that the neighborhood pharmacy's price was high. I ordered my pack of 100 online for much less.

cilla4progress

(24,723 posts)
4. Are these N95s
Thu Sep 9, 2021, 10:57 AM
Sep 2021

Or KN95s??

Certain KN 95s are good and easier to find. I see alot of people wearing them and my paranoid nurse recommends the Powecom KN95 Respirator Face Mask with Ear Loops. I got mine from Bona Fide masks.

spinbaby

(15,088 posts)
5. These are N95s
Thu Sep 9, 2021, 11:15 AM
Sep 2021

The kind with the straps that go around your head. KN95s have ear loops and usually don’t fit as snuggly.

sir pball

(4,740 posts)
13. Powecom masks are FDA cleared
Thu Sep 9, 2021, 01:34 PM
Sep 2021

They're Officially As Good as N95s...but I've found them to be as hard to get as N95s, too

Personally, for day to day use I have no-name KN95s, I got them from a reputable enough source that I trust they're not counterfeit. I have a couple of cases of 3M N95s for travel to hot zones, like today; if the SHTF really bad I even have a full-blown reusable respirator with P100 cartridges, the absolute gold standard for bioprotection. Which was surprisingly cheap...as in $13 for the mask and $22 for 3 sets of cartridges.

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