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Where can we buy face masks?

Edit: June 2nd 2020
Costco just reduced their price on face masks.

Was $39.99
Now $28.99

3 ply face mask and it’s thicker than the T&T’s mask


Where can I buy the cheapest n95 masks?


someone in the US already got the disease. 2 hours drive from Vancouver
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Kiraly wrote: Those are for dust. Great for carpentry work. They aren't effective against viruses.
You know better than the CDC?

https://www.cdc.gov/sars/clinical/respirators.html

Accordingly, CDC has recommended the use of N95 respirators, consistent with respiratory protection for airborne diseases, such as tuberculosis.
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er34er34 wrote: You know better than the CDC?

https://www.cdc.gov/sars/clinical/respirators.html

Accordingly, CDC has recommended the use of N95 respirators, consistent with respiratory protection for airborne diseases, such as tuberculosis.
I know better than you. Tuberculosis is a bacterium. 3M (manufacturer) says that the N95 respirator "is designed for particles produced by applications such as grinding, sanding, sweeping, sawing, bagging, or other dusty operations. " While it "can also help reduce inhalation exposures to certain airborne biological particles (examples: mold, Bacillus anthraces, Mycobacterium tuberculosis)", none of those are viruses. No manufacturer nor the CDC makes any claim of efficacy of the N95 respirator against viruses.
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Kiraly wrote: I know better than you. Tuberculosis is a bacterium. 3M (manufacturer) says that the N95 respirator "is designed for particles produced by applications such as grinding, sanding, sweeping, sawing, bagging, or other dusty operations. " While it "can also help reduce inhalation exposures to certain airborne biological particles (examples: mold, Bacillus anthraces, Mycobacterium tuberculosis)", none of those are viruses. No manufacturer nor the CDC makes any claim of efficacy of the N95 respirator against viruses.
Well, you think you know everything, but apparently you can't read.

It is true that viruses are smaller than the filtration capabilities of N95, but what you are missing is that the virus particle isn't necessarily just floating around by itself. More often than not, its carried within droplets produced by your fellow humans. In that case, the droplet could very well be captured by the N95. It's certainly better than no protection at all.

The article I linked was very clear that the N95 is recommended to prevent transmission of SARS, and better yet a full face eye/face shield, which nobody except healthcare workers are going to wear.

Do I trust a random RFD stranger who can't read or the CDC... tough decision...
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I did research at a GTA hospital during the time as SARS as a student. In our training they said N-95 were sufficient for SARS. I've seen infectious disease staff wear them.
Getting these masks might be a bit overboard, it doesn't look like human-to-human transmission is that strong. Seems to suggest that transmission is via droplets at worse (similar to SARS). Even if it is, the mortality rate isn't really that high (so far). This of course, assumes China is telling the truth about any of this. Generally, the worst cases will be in Asia, viruses generally don't like to kill their host because it prevents their spread (dead person can no longer spread). The most virulent forms die out earlier on.
Get it if you feel comfortable but I wouldn't worry about it. My epidemiologist buddies aren't worried about it. After SARS, our hospitals are better equipped to handle this.

Of course this is RFD, so yeah...make of it what you will. I can totally be incorrect here.
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N95 masks will do. If any of you / your friends have been protesting over the past 7 months or so, you / your friends would likely have some stock lying around.

Home Depot, N95, P100...etc. (e.g. https://www.homedepot.ca/search?q=p100#!q=p100)

P95: https://www.homedepot.ca/product/3m-spr ... 1000501314

https://www.envirosafetyproducts.com/re ... rence.html

(I already have some N95 masks ... in case of earthquakes)
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chatbox wrote: N95 masks will do. If any of you / your friends have been protesting over the past 7 months or so, you / your friends would likely have some stock lying around.

Home Depot, N95, P100...etc. (e.g. https://www.homedepot.ca/search?q=p100#!q=p100)

P95: https://www.homedepot.ca/product/3m-spr ... 1000501314

https://www.envirosafetyproducts.com/re ... rence.html

(I already have some N95 masks ... in case of earthquakes)
Ohhh Hong Kong, they come prepared. Not like kids here...

Personally, I'd love it if masks were normalized. I just recently got sick because of people coughing on me in the TTC - this is how I always get sick. Surgical masks give people a false sense of security (only N-95 effective for droplet based RTIs), but at least it'll prevent their germs from spreading outward.
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Their expert and investigator of the outbreak that said the coronavirus was under control just 10 days ago has been diagnosed with the virus himself, so...

https://nypost.com/2020/01/21/chinese-d ... -outbreak/
ADenariusSaved wrote: I did research at a GTA hospital during the time as SARS as a student. In our training they said N-95 were sufficient for SARS. I've seen infectious disease staff wear them.
Getting these masks might be a bit overboard, it doesn't look like human-to-human transmission is that strong. Seems to suggest that transmission is via droplets at worse (similar to SARS). Even if it is, the mortality rate isn't really that high (so far). This of course, assumes China is telling the truth about any of this. Generally, the worst cases will be in Asia, viruses generally don't like to kill their host because it prevents their spread (dead person can no longer spread). The most virulent forms die out earlier on.
Get it if you feel comfortable but I wouldn't worry about it. My epidemiologist buddies aren't worried about it. After SARS, our hospitals are better equipped to handle this.

Of course this is RFD, so yeah...make of it what you will. I can totally be incorrect here.
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The Devil made me buy it - RFD. :twisted:
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hdom wrote: Their expert and investigator of the outbreak that said the coronvirus was under control just 10 days ago has been diagnosed with the virus himself, so...

https://nypost.com/2020/01/21/chinese-d ... -outbreak/
Ohhh China...at least this one isn't as lethal as SARS. The head ebola doc in Liberia? in 2014 caught the disease and sadly died. That virus has a 90%+ kill rate if untreated. I don't even think this new one is 10%, maybe not even 5% but we'll see given more time.
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Only people wear masks in Canada, I see on the street, are mainland china new immigrants and mainland china foreign visa students.
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Kiraly wrote: I know better than you. Tuberculosis is a bacterium. 3M (manufacturer) says that the N95 respirator "is designed for particles produced by applications such as grinding, sanding, sweeping, sawing, bagging, or other dusty operations. " While it "can also help reduce inhalation exposures to certain airborne biological particles (examples: mold, Bacillus anthraces, Mycobacterium tuberculosis)", none of those are viruses. No manufacturer nor the CDC makes any claim of efficacy of the N95 respirator against viruses.
It’s not like there is just one type of N95 mask. N95 masks are recommended for protection against agents that spread via the airborne route. Its not about the type of pathogen but the mode of transmission. Surgical masks protect against agents that spread via the droplet route. N95 masks ARE used globally for additional precautions when dealing with an agent that spreads via the airborne route.

If anyone is going to be buying N95 masks, you’d have to make sure that you get mask fit tested. There are several types of N95 masks and unless it’s a good fit, it’s useless.

Most people won’t even use an N95 masks properly; improper fit and misuse render them useless. Masks can only be used ONCE. So as soon as it comes off, you’ll need to don a new one next time. Also, if people don’t use proper hand hygiene along with masks, that’s also a problem.
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True, but you really don't want to be in that 5%...lol
ADenariusSaved wrote: Ohhh China...at least this one isn't as lethal as SARS. The head ebola doc in Liberia? in 2014 caught the disease and sadly died. That virus has a 90%+ kill rate if untreated. I don't even think this new one is 10%, maybe not even 5% but we'll see given more time.
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Yes, but people from China and HK typically come from crowded cities where it's easy to transmit germs. That's why they don't have an issue wearing them here. I grew up here and when SARS first happened it looked awkward to see people with face masks on the subway...felt like it must be them who are sick. But we have to look past that now and understand as a society that wearing face masks do stop the spread of germs overall...like the other poster said, sometimes just sitting in a subway car can get you sick from all the germs flying around.
Sgtalpowell wrote: Only people wear masks in Canada, I see on the street, are mainland china new immigrants and mainland china foreign visa students.
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projectmoonlightcafe wrote: Yes, but people from China and HK typically come from crowded cities where it's easy to transmit germs. That's why they don't have an issue wearing them here. I grew up here and when SARS first happened it looked awkward to see people with face masks on the subway...felt like it must be them who are sick. But we have to look past that now and understand as a society that wearing face masks do stop the spread of germs overall...like the other poster said, sometimes just sitting in a subway car can get you sick from all the germs flying around.
Still, this is North America. Local people don't wear masks.

Japanese people have worn masks LONG BEFORE china and hong kong began to wear masks after the year 2000.

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