Masks are just not masks

Posted by Merry, Volunteer Mentor @merpreb, Apr 8, 2020

I know I know you are sick and tired of hearing about masks. So am I so I watched a new Mayo video about just this and I was fascinated. Indeed, masks are just not maks, they help guide our behaviors too! Are you being good about how you handle and wear your masks? What material is your mask made of?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09CFGoFtYeU&feature=em-uploademail

I am tired about the mask fiasco. People in China can purchase medical masks in the store and send them to us by FedEx. But we aren't supposed to wear these medical masks in public in the United States because that takes away from health care workers. So why can people in China go to their local stores and buy these medical grade masks but we can't in America? The medical masks are much much more comfortable to wear in public. You can breathe through medical masks. But you can't breathe and talk through the two layer tightly woven cotton masks. I have been making and donating these cotton masks for weeks. So I am pretending that I am on Little House on the Prairie and doing my part in this Pandemic. But I know that medical masks are better for everyone in every situation. Also I was listening to the doctor talking about masking being common in Asia. He seems to think it's because of virus. I think people in Asia wear masks because of air pollution. The air is very dirty in China and they burn coal in winter. That's why people in China wear masks. So it just turned out that masks are helpful for viruses in addition to air pollution. We don't wear masks in America because the air is cleaner.

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@teammayo1– Good morning. Holy cow, what a procedure! I bet it takes a bit to get back on your feet! Wow. And they really shake you up! Actually Cleveland Clinic did have a tube video for whole lung lavage!

I'm so glad that you introduced me to this disease. It must be dreadful knowing that your lungs are working harder and that you will need another lavage. How often can one have them?

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@becsbuddy

@merpreb. I just made masks for my friends. They are two layers of fabric with a filter layer in between.

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@becsbuddy– Morning Becky. Good for you! I don't sew. What do you use for a filter? I wonder if HEPA filters are ok?

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@ihatediabetes

I am tired about the mask fiasco. People in China can purchase medical masks in the store and send them to us by FedEx. But we aren't supposed to wear these medical masks in public in the United States because that takes away from health care workers. So why can people in China go to their local stores and buy these medical grade masks but we can't in America? The medical masks are much much more comfortable to wear in public. You can breathe through medical masks. But you can't breathe and talk through the two layer tightly woven cotton masks. I have been making and donating these cotton masks for weeks. So I am pretending that I am on Little House on the Prairie and doing my part in this Pandemic. But I know that medical masks are better for everyone in every situation. Also I was listening to the doctor talking about masking being common in Asia. He seems to think it's because of virus. I think people in Asia wear masks because of air pollution. The air is very dirty in China and they burn coal in winter. That's why people in China wear masks. So it just turned out that masks are helpful for viruses in addition to air pollution. We don't wear masks in America because the air is cleaner.

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@ihatediabetes– I hear you about masks. Actually, right now the only masks that we have in our home are surgical masks. The big thing about masks right now is that In America there aren't enough to go around. I can't go into many of the reasons because we don't discuss politics on Connect, but there are reasons. It is exhausting to hear. I think that we all know, in America, that China has lousy air and people are encouraged, at least, to wear them when they are out in public. And mostly because of the air. I don't think that Dr. Poland meant that it was a new thing in China. I hope that you are well and safe.

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@merpreb

@teammayo1– Good morning. Holy cow, what a procedure! I bet it takes a bit to get back on your feet! Wow. And they really shake you up! Actually Cleveland Clinic did have a tube video for whole lung lavage!

I'm so glad that you introduced me to this disease. It must be dreadful knowing that your lungs are working harder and that you will need another lavage. How often can one have them?

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Good morning: Yes this is something I am not looking forward to. I was to have the procedure in April, but now that the virus is here the Mayo had to postponed the inevitable until June not sure what date yet, then 2 weeks after that I go back and have my other lung done. It is quite a lot for my medical team, it is an all day event, I am usually the only patient for my team that day.

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