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Lynx
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Post   » Wed May 20, 2020 10:33 pm


I like the design of it! Lots of instructions, bpatters (I will muddle through). I imagine I could use old/clean shoe laces for ties, no?

bpatters
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Post   » Thu May 21, 2020 1:07 am


Yes, you can use shoe laces for ties.

I use fleece, which is indestructible, and I've plenty of it left over from the guinea pigs. It stretches more in one direction than the other, and you want to cut it along the least-stretchy dimension.

If you have trouble, we can set up a Zoom session and I'll walk you through it.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu May 21, 2020 8:26 am


When you say cut it along the least stretchy dimension, you mean the most stretchy would be vertical and the horizontal with the ties should be the least stretchy?

Fleece does have the advantage of not fraying when cut. I will figure out a material to use.

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PooksiedAnimals
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Post   » Thu May 21, 2020 9:48 am


The button thing I tried slipped too easily. I needed to get something spongier to cling to my hair. Also - I bun up my hair a lot, and that interferes with straps. bah.

I like this site for options and assembly: https://www.craftpassion.com/face-mask-sewing-pattern/
Turns out I like the basic pattern of JoAnn's mask best (especially the curve of the nose). However, it's one size: https://www.joann.com/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-joann-pro ... 8731P326.pdf

And I spent a lot of time on this site learning about filters on face masks: https://diymask.site/ It also has a good pattern that I've modified. I find that this pattern seems to fit the men in my life better than the other style.

So I make mask that are kind of a mix of the three.

bpatters
And got the T-shirt

Post   » Thu May 21, 2020 10:05 am


Lynx, I mean that the length of the strap should be along the least-stretchy dimension. I cut the straps about 3/8 inch wide by 16 inches long.

The other thing you can use is "tarn" -- t-shirt yarn. Google it and you'll find several youtubes and pages of instructions. It also needs no sewing.

PooksiedAnimals, if your strap slips, it's not tight enough. You need the strap to be shorter or the buttons closer together. And if you wear your hair in a ponytail, you can make a circular strap that goes over the ponytail.

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Thu May 21, 2020 4:30 pm


I made the pleated masks and the Olson mask which is fitted with a filter pocket inside. Both use over-the-ear elastic. When the elastic ran out, I used ponytail elastic with the Olson mask. I also make them with and without wire ribbon across the bridge of the nose.

The easiest to make is the Winner mask. It's two rectangles of fabric (I use 9 x 12) with casing sewn in the sides. You can thread a 54" shoelace through the casing with the open ends at the top. Loop goes around your neck, scrunch the sides to fit your face, and tie at the back of the head. I like it wider for more coverage, I can fold it back under my glasses so they don't fog, and it fits well under my chin. To take it off, untie and let it drop hanging face down around your neck. No need to touch the mask.

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PooksiedAnimals
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Post   » Fri May 22, 2020 9:06 am


bpatters - good to know! Thanks!

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon May 25, 2020 1:12 pm


This comes via the
Daily Kos
.

A Day in the Life of an ER Doc - A Short Film by Dr. Craig Spencer


Some of his earlier twitter threads documenting how helpless he feels to stop this.
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/15/1937618/-When-the ... raig-Spencer

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat May 30, 2020 10:32 am


A compendium of the lies trump has told about covid19. This is detailed and worth a read.

All the President’s Lies About the Coronavirus
An unfinished compendium of Trump’s overwhelming dishonesty during a national emergency
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/05/trumps-lies-about-coronavirus/608647/


Edit (will be posted on first post too):
The Atlantic also has many covid19 articles available for free to the public. The collection is here:
https://www.theatlantic.com/category/what-you-need-know-coronavirus/

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:18 pm


Here is another Atlantic article that discusses a number of people who have had a very slow recovery with long term symptoms.

COVID-19 Can Last for Several Months
The disease’s “long-haulers” have endured relentless waves of debilitating symptoms—and disbelief from doctors and friends.

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/06/covid-19- ... nths/612679/

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:44 am


The Atlantic always has such well-researched articles. I ended up reading a few related articles. One was a study on plastic face shields and how they offer more protection for the wearer than cloth masks.

There is also a Canadian fashion designer who created face shields that fit like sun glasses and look good.

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Sef
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Post   » Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:54 am


These are all very interesting. I tried to also find the article about the face shields but couldn't locate it. Do you have a link?

I ordered a couple of inexpensive face shields awhile back for Mr. Sef and me to have "just in case." They're not bad. He says they are "dorky," but I'll take dorky over sick any day. ;)

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Catie Cavy
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Post   » Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:18 am


My sister recovered from the virus but she thinks she has permanent lung damage. She is trying to get an appt. to see a pulmonologist. She used to love to walk and hike. Now she gets winded after walking a block and still has chronic fatigue.

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Sef
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Post   » Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:46 am


That's scary, Catie Cavy. I'm hearing more and more stories about the long-term and sometimes permanent effects of this virus. Anybody who still thinks this is no worse than having flu is simply in denial.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:02 pm


I am sorry to hear that too, Catie Cavy. It sounds exactly like what some previously healthy people have been experiencing.

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:55 am


https://www.dezeen.com/2020/04/28/face-shield-joe-doucet-coronavirus/

Here is the article I saw on the face shield. I don't know what they'll do for people like me who wear glasses, but I think this is really a good idea for the long term.

Our local Menards requires face masks and some of the employees are wearing the shields instead. Especially those who work in the lumber yard loading heavy building equipment on a hot summer day. There's just no way to catch their breath wearing a mask.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:57 am


Wow, they are cool!

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I am adding a couple of Sef's excellent links to this topic regarding the spikes in cases in several states:

Record spikes in U.S. coronavirus cases push up hospitalization rates in 16 states
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/25/record-spikes-in-us-coronavi ... -states.html

A Devastating New Stage of the Pandemic
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/06/second-coronavirus-surge-here/613522/

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:08 pm


I read an article that reported two small studies of people who tested positive but had no symptoms. They scanned their lungs & 50-100% had lung damage.

I've also read accounts of people who have bad symptoms for weeks.

If I get a face shield like that, will I look like that too?

I was chatting with the neighbor who lives behind me - over the fence with the width of both our gardens between us. The virus comes up, probably from me. First she says, ya know, they think it might have come from a lab in China. Then she says it would make sense to let young people go back to work & catch it & get herd immunity that way. I know where she gets her news. She's about my age & I think her husband is quite a bit older. He's currently getting treated for esophageal cancer. Is there any thinking going on??
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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:09 pm


Why, yes. Of course.

I'm going to get one so I can look like that too ;-)

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:18 pm


Ha ha! Won't we be a pair.

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