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Just a note, my roommate who works at Lowe's said they are sold out of them.
You can also buy a 10-pack off Amazon for $15.
The first thing I would suggest is buying a good mask. I got this from Amazon and it did the job: 3M 8511PB1-A-PS Particulate N95 Respirator with Valve, 10-Pack [link] . The thing I regret taking to Nepal were my white/biege or light color clothes. I'd suggest you take darker colored clothes as they would get dirty pretty quickly. You can get a light summer jacket but it might be hot in summer to wear that. Hot wipes, soft tissues and hand sanitizer as someone has already mentioned. Good sunscreen. Maybe lots of socks! And make sure you don't take expensive shoes to Nepal. The roads are dusty so take comfy ones... Enjoy Nepal. Its beautiful and very welcoming!
You can always order them online if you're concerned about your health. It's not a bad idea to have a few extras hanging around for scenarios like wildfires or earthquakes. They're not even expensive. The ones I bought are currently $13.28 for a 10 pack on Amazon.
TBH, my husband and I just go with these N95 Respirators with Valve. We look like dorks, but we're not trying to impress anyone anyway and we feel great after the fest.
I use N95 disposable 3m masks. [link]
I also use a half mask respirator but that is for when i spray finishes or casting resins
I'm not sure that you wholly understand or respect allergies.
Allergy attacks end. Allergic reactions DAMAGE your body and can have long-term consequences. They can impact your sleep, your airways, your immune system. You can straight up "catch" asthma.
Cat urine doesn't hurt your girlfriend, but her body's reaction to it does. Allergies are a chronic health condition. Do you know that most of the symptoms that make you feel like shit when you're sick are caused by your immune system, not the pathogen it's fighting off? That's your body waging war, and there are casualties in war. That's pretty much what your body is doing every time it has an allergic reaction.
Would you have your girlfriend take litter duty if it gave her a common cold every time?
I do scoop my litter because it's my cat (though my boyfriend has graciously offered that I can ask him to do it if I don't feel well), and asthmatics are recommended against doing so. However I chose a litter that plays nice with asthma because its dust is less irritating and hurtful to airways.
No litter destroys feline urine. It holds it. That is literally (litter-ally) its purpose. All used litter is going to be a health concern for any person with feline allergies.
A respirator mask would ACTUALLY protect your girlfriend's health if you guys insist on keeping her on scooping duty.
World's Best Cat Litter is 99% dust free. There's no such thing as 100% dust free litter. Anyone who claims otherwise is either misinformed or trying to sell you something.
These are great for your basic tasks. I put one on when I blow all the dust out of the garage or saw some wood. Cheap, you get a few a uses out of each one, and basically keeps stuff out of your mouth, nose, and lungs.
But geez, /u/kivalo recommended that mask for 13 bucks, and 11 for the filters? If you really can't buy both, I'd be inclined to get that instead. I cut wood in my base and don't have a great vacuum system, so the stuff gets everywhere. I almost always use a respirator unless I'm only doing like 2 cuts.
They're your lungs, and for such low prices, I see no reason to take risks. Don't let anyone shame you for wearing a respirator when they think it's not that big of a deal. If you can filter out basically everything bad for the price of 20 bucks, there's no reason not to take that option.
I'm in the same position as OP and I'm required to have an "EMS Mask, Ritz Safety." I guess Ritz Safety is a parent company and any of the EMS mask sold by their companies is acceptable, but what exactly is an EMS mask?
Edit: Is this an EMS mask? [link]
I just got a 10 pack from amazon. Inspired me to hand a few out to the local homeless.
This shit is bad news man. Feels like the new normal.
Ps here's a 10 pack w same day prime shipping if you can't find one IRL :) hoping this helps some of you out there!!
I just bought these, a 10-pack. Paid extra for same-day delivery. Should be here any minute.
Here's an example.
I recommend a particulate respirator if anyone is going to be in the thick of it. I wore one in Yosemite one year when it was really smokey during my visit, and it's like breathing in clean air even when it's smokey. Hike on.
~~[link] (Not sure if that Amazon link is still pointing to the one I purchased awhile back since that one says sanding, but these are ones I used: [link])
Amazon will same-day these for an extra $5. I did that on Sunday. Worth it. Comes out to $2/mask, and you can use them for at least 2 or 3 days each.
Good looking kit. Just a couple "random internet commando" thoughts I'll add:
N95 or some other small and lightweight dust mask, Clear eye protection, Actual trauma kit to include a pressure bandage, tourniquet, chest seals, and Nasopharyngeal airway (nasal trumpet).
3M Safety Respirator [link]
I don't know about Canada, but in this US these started to come back in stock a few months ago after well over a year of unavailability or obscene prices.
KF94s are going to all be earloop. I can't stand earloop devices either.
I'm not familiar with the Canadian market, but it does appear both Grainger and ULine have various N95s available on the .ca version of their websites.
Amazon.ca appears to have 3M 8511's.
Availability of N95s is fairly strong now -- look up industrial safety vendors in your area, if they don't stock N95s they can likely obtain them.
Advise sticking with the major manufacturers -- 3M, Moldex and Honeywell.
So this one should be good?
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Gotta wait a few days but Amazon has them
We got a few masks from the fire station a couple of days ago, and then ordered some more on Amazon: [link].
great question! hard to get ahold of these days, but not impossible.
here's a 10 pack of 3M N95s for 70$ on (PBUH) Jeff Besozs' Bourgeoise Bazaar
There are other options if you want a KN95, which is supposed to filter to the same extent, but is certified in China.
Good catch. I did find 10 for $80. They have an exhale valve, which is slightly safer for you but puts others at more risk.
Just learned that Amazon now has COVID-19 supplies including N95 masks that are ONLY available for hospitals and government agencies.
they make 1/4 inch thick drywall if you want to go that way or you could just use a paint scraper and wire brush .. wear a dust mask that fits well
like a N95 with a valve
home depot or lowes sells them.. valve is a really good option
if you are worried about moisture getting into the drywall from behind then paint the blocks and then paint the back of the drywall.. you don't need a vapor barrier
I got these from Amazon.
OP I got these based on a recommendation here
They're expensive but very good. It is a bit difficult to breathe through them but they work really well
You still have time to order them on Amazon and get them delivered by Thursday. I just ordered these: [link]
Same here. $5 cheaper than Lowe's and home depot too! 3M 8511PB1-A-PS Particulate N95 Respirator with Valve, 10-Pack [link]
Regarding the air filter masks, i went with this, after reading the reviews from this and this.
The first reviews led me to the importance of N95 and other certifications. The second from its Amazon product page tells me that people who have used it are generally satisfied with it. You can also see that it is much cheaper in the US.
Hope this helps and i'm open to other recommendations. What are you guys buying/considering?
This is what I use: [link]
It works exactly described, and keeps me from coughing & sneezing & feeling like crap after mowing the lawns.
Will this mask cut it?
and if you're handy, [link]
The Cool Flow Masks are becoming available because everyone is banning the exhaust valve masks. Just double up and wear a surgical over the exhaust valve.
Wear n95 masks. They're not expensive. $13 for 10 masks on Amazon.
>all healthcare staff entering the room should use respiratory protection consistent with airborne infection control precautions (use of an N95 respirator or a respirator with similar effectiveness in preventing airborne transmission).
Try these: [link]
I work in an office building with a mold problem and just wear these all day.
It sounds like you are using an abrasive chop saw, they are effective but messy tools. As others have indicated they produce fine metal dust which can be irritating. What I would be most worried about is the dust from the abrasive wheel itself though. Repeated or long term exposure to fine silicon oxide particles can cause silicosis. One twenty minute cutting session a week does not pose a great deal of risk in my mind, but it is still worth wearing a mask. I recommend these they are a disposable item but they can be warn more than once. Make sure to store them in a clean place with the cup facing down so dust will not settle in the mask.
The odor you are smelling is likely the binder from the abrasive wheel, these are fumes not particles so a basic mask will not protect you from them. I have never found any information to suggest that these fumes are dangerous so I don't worry about them. But for a long time we were told lead isn't dangerous either. If you are concerned a mask such as the one mb1980 suggested will protect you from both fumes and particles. I find them to be awkward, uncomfortable and expensive but they are your best protection.
How many of the kids died? Is your kid ok? Get some n95 masks and wear them, you and your kid. They're not expensive. $13 for 10 masks on Amazon.