We made ourselves crazy doing research on face masks. So much information. So many products. So little understanding. We can’t give you a definitive tutorial on facemasks (yet). But we can tell you what we’ve learned so far. And what we ended up buying right now. Baby steps!!
Bottom line: The right face mask can protect you from dust, pollution, disease. The wrong one will make you feel safe, but is a waste of your money. Same goes if you don’t put the mask on properly.
We ordered a box of SURGICAL MASKS. These will protect other people from YOUR germs. They will NOT protect you from airborne bacteria, viruses or fine particles. We will wear these if we are sick. And ask others to wear them if they are sick. Preparing with Dave was kind enough to recommend these masks:
We asked our friend Cat Ellis (The Herbal Prepper) for advice on what to buy to protect ourselves. This was one of her suggestions (the one we can afford to do right now):
“You're probably going to want to go with the SURGICAL N95 RESPIRATORS if you are looking to offer a mask first to the person coughing or sneezing. It would be the only option that does not have an exhalation valve. Otherwise, forget offering the mask, and get yourself any of the respirators for yourself for your own individual protection. All except the P100 are disposable. Seal used masks in a ziplock bag until it can be disposed of. The P100 would need to be sterilized instead before reuse.” Cat recommended this mask:
Cat also offered (what we thought was) a brilliant suggestion. Since these masks aren’t cheap, do a “Subscribe and Save” plan to get what you can afford regularly until you feel you have enough for your entire family. At home, in your office, vehicle, bug-out location, bug-out bag, EDC, and get home bags.