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What mask should I buy to wear to supermarket?

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Davespecifico Mon 06-Apr-20 13:18:39

Could anyone in the know about this sort of thing help me. I want either disposable or reusable, fits well and easy to remove without contaminating face.
Recommendations gratefully received. I’m not crafty so would be rubbish at making one.

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Didkdt Mon 06-Apr-20 14:11:10


Davespecifico Mon 06-Apr-20 14:11:39


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Randomschoolworker19 Mon 06-Apr-20 14:19:56

I think you will find it very hard to get hold of one now as they were sold out over a month ago.

The best one to get is a FFP3 mask which filters out the most particles and creates a seal around your mouth and nose. Please note these need to be fitted by an expert to be most effective but can obviously still be worn by Joe Public.

You can also get FFP1 and FFP2 masks which have filters but don't necessarily create a seal around your mouth.

The most common are the blue/white disposable surgical masks you will most likely see people wearing. These offer the least protection but are better than nothing.

I've included 3 images to demonstrate the types of masks available.

I personally have the FFP3 one shown last.

You can get more friendlier looking FFP3 masks but these will obviously be harder to come by these days.

sansgender Mon 06-Apr-20 14:20:48

okiedokieme Mon 06-Apr-20 14:27:35

Just keep your distance, nothing you can buy at the moment will give you protection from breathing in particles but putting a normal scarf over your mouth can reduce particles emitted by you if you cough or sneeze getting into the air. I've seen some crazy outfits including a guy with scuba equipment in Aldi - the man forgot about covering his nose!

Randomschoolworker19 Mon 06-Apr-20 14:39:13

You can DIY a face shield out of a plastic 2L pop bottle with some tape and something to make the headband too. Cardboard will do.

Look on Youtube for videos of how to do it.

Davespecifico Mon 06-Apr-20 14:49:08

Thanks all, and thanks for the examples, Randomschoolworker.

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JemimaPuddleCat Mon 06-Apr-20 14:50:27

I'd go as a guinea pig, but not sure how easy those masks are to get

NoMorePoliticsPlease Mon 06-Apr-20 14:52:51

Why dont you wait until we have evidence they are useful, or are directed to do so. In the meantime you just look like a tit

NoMorePoliticsPlease Mon 06-Apr-20 14:54:04

Why dont you just STAY AT HOME

loobyloo1234 Mon 06-Apr-20 14:58:13

Why dont you just STAY AT HOME

So people can't even go to the supermarket now? FFS

TheFallenMadonna Mon 06-Apr-20 14:59:11

Because she needs to buy food?

buttermilkwaffles Mon 06-Apr-20 15:02:10

Not this type.

Randomschoolworker19 Mon 06-Apr-20 15:03:20


Shopping for essentials is one of the reasons to leave home.

Masks are effective. The CDC in America is now recommending people wear them and other countries around the world are doing the same.

I wouldn't wait for our government to act. They've been slow to act on every major issue during the crisis whether it be closing schools, getting more ventilators or ensuring our NHS staff have much needed PPE.

Purplewithred Mon 06-Apr-20 15:11:42

Can someone link me to any actual evidence?

Troels Mon 06-Apr-20 15:23:49

Groupon has masks for sale.
I have black masks on order for me to use for work and a Virustatic shield for shopping I'd seen them on the local news and my boss came in with one on to replace my keyboard the other day, so two of us ordered them after work. Hope they come soon.

Davespecifico Tue 07-Apr-20 23:31:00

Just ordered a virustatic shield Troels. Thanks for the recommendation.

Nomorepoliticsplease- thanks for your recommendation. I’ll make sure to no longer obtain any food for the family.

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annalouise100 Wed 08-Apr-20 11:03:14

There's lots of pics of different people wearing Virustatic Shields on Instagram @VirustaticShield. Saw a few mummy bloggers on there too.

Skittlesss Wed 08-Apr-20 11:04:13

A bane mask.

Troels Wed 08-Apr-20 16:45:20

My Virustatic shield arrives tomorrow. Can't wait. I ordered it one week earlier so they are pretty quick getting them out.
I'm working Friday (nurse, social care) so will use it then.

AlmostThereKeepMoving Wed 08-Apr-20 16:46:39


LilyE1234 Wed 08-Apr-20 16:47:54

Both the government and WHO have recommended not using them and said to save the stocks for people that actually do need them eg frontline workers

Thesispieces Wed 08-Apr-20 16:54:04

Just looked them up. £20/three wears. Or am I missing somethingconfused? And where is the scientific evidence to back their claims?

Seetheprettysnowdrops Wed 08-Apr-20 16:57:56

Masks protect others from you.

If your displaying symptoms then you shouldn't be out

Otherwise, keep your distance, don't touch your face, wash your hands

Unless you are caring for someone there is no evidence that you need a mask or that it will stop a droplet borne virus

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