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    Agate, it has to do with the size of the virus and the weave of the material. I don’t know what is used in N-95 masks but do-it-yourself mask makers (like the nurse above) use non- woven material as a filter layer in a pocket. I don’t know how you breath through something non-woven.

    Here’s the chart of effectiveness:

    https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/...ce-mask-virus/

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    This is the T-shirt mask. No elastic, ties or sewing:

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...sk-coronavirus

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    Improved no sew T-shirt mask:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KQZPhj_erhg

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    MaxiAids is supposedly selling a variety of masks and shields though they're listed as out of stock just now (of course).

    I hope this doesn't seem like advertising as I'm no great fan of MaxiAids but have ordered some items from them over the years. They put out no-frills items for disabled people, usually good quality, though their returns policy isn't the best.

    https://www.maxiaids.com/pandemic-face-shield
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    Just my opinion, that face shield wouldn't do a thing to stop droplets from a sneeze. Have you ever seen a sneeze in slow motion? The droplets scatter in all directions. A proper face mask works better. Filters everything you breath in through your nose and mouth. I've seen people on TV with the mask only covering their mouth, but the nose exposed. Good luck with that!
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    The mask is certainly the way to go--I'm not sure how the shield works either. The mask is supposed to fit snugly enough around your face to prevent droplets from escaping but the experts are making it clear that masks are far from perfect.

    I should have posted this link instead--a mask if someone wants to spend a few dollars and wait a while to get one:

    https://www.maxiaids.com/breathe-eas...ial-mask-beige
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    Yeah, that's more like it. But being poor, and the forever shipping that's I'm sure is everywhere at this time, I like the homemade, no sewing masks.

    And today, I ordered a TV antenna amplifier for my TV. I have one now, but it's about to quit working. So that shows my priorities, I can afford a new TV antenna, but not a mask to keep me alive!!!
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    First things first, Howie.

    I don't see buying a mask either, particularly when "they" are saying that they're not so very effective unless you're ultra careful about hand-washing and keeping distant from other people.
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    I love this pattern and it does not require elastic:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zm_NmpdgWWA

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    There are so many people, eager to help, producing face masks like this in community with dozens of friends and giving them out. When I first started doing infusions at the cancer center there were always baskets around filled with colorful knitted hats. Anyone could just take one. It was wonderful. People are good, eager to do good and so thankful for the goodness of others. Life really is good.
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    If I were to sew a mask, I'd need someone to take the machine out of my closet. I like the nurse pattern. I have my mom's Bernina and the notions chest that went with her sewing desk and it has all sorts of sewing goodies in it, like cords and such... I should get to work or they will have opened everything back up by the time I get them made.

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