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Shhhh…don’t tell anybody

…I got a P95 for my birthday last year. At least, I think it’s a P95. Googling is a bit uncertain.

Never mind. It’s got the filter for particulates, which I don’t think is fine enough for viruses anyway. I don’t think the authorities will be kicking down my door for it.

They finally decided to close my workplace today. Sort of. There are still some holdouts, but we certainly won’t open where I work.

I have to go in tomorrow and write up a bunch of statements and social media posts. Be just like me to catch it on my last day in town.

Still, my case of gin came. I think I’m as prepped as a prepper can prep.


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: March 19, 2020, 10:17 pm

Anything is better than nothing…even a scarf over your mouth helps to keep the virus laden droplets from penetrating you :+)

I luckily had some N95’s left over from a craft job I was doing.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: March 19, 2020, 10:45 pm

Well, gotta say people are adapting. The local fishing boats are offering rock fish fillets delivered to your door for $9/lb. Local micro brew place also delivering. Restaurant food trucks serving in different locations around the area each day. Teenagers adapting to online learning and the teachers are on video chat for most of the workday. The dog thinks this is the best week ever!

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: March 20, 2020, 12:09 am

Don’t forget about nasal lavage with a neti pot. If you don’t have a neti pot, you can use a baby bottle. Drill a hole in the bottom so it will siphon, and cut a red-hot sized hole across the nipple. On the internet there are “Ocean Water” recipes to mix your own saline solution. I like a 1% saline mix that uses a small amount of sodium bicarbonate.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 20, 2020, 12:49 am

I suppose we’ll muddle through.

Keep your peckers up, right?

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: March 20, 2020, 1:05 am

Just be wary, Deborah HH, of amoebas. Someone died a few years ago after getting them from his neti pot.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: March 20, 2020, 1:21 am

Duly Noted, Mark Matis. I use a whole gallon of distilled water for my saline solution.

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: March 20, 2020, 6:12 am

I started to buy masks wherever I would find them about a month before all hell broke loose here. Now you can’t find a mask for anything.

They started a hard lockdown in the city where I live. Each family gets an excursion pass (for supplies) from the city, only ONE person in each family is designated as the one who will go out. Everyone else is required to stay in their homes.

So, on an island of 56 million, we’ve only had 217 cases with 17 deaths. Are all of these precautions overkill, or are the stats low _because_ of the precautions? I think it will study by researchers to figure it out.

All in all … it’s okay. Boring, but okay. At least no one in the neighborhood is sick and we don’t have to listen to people hack their lungs out all day long. And, for whatever reason, there’s been _no_ karaoke. At all. Thank God for small favors.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: March 20, 2020, 12:37 pm

I can’t imagine an entire island of Filipinos staying in their houses quietly for days and days. I mean it’ll be quiet, quiet, quiet, and then somewhere a barbecue will break out, someone will turn on the music..and… it’s over.

Here in Dallas, we are not quite as shut down/shut in yet. On the other hand, my niece in California is on lock down with the rest of the state.

I have decided to assume that eventually I will probably get the virus and might lose weight while I am ill. I have therefore elected to start eating any damn thing I want building up reserve energy supplies in my body.

I mean, just in case…

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 20, 2020, 1:43 pm

Some Veg – we had a nice dinner at a Tex-mex place last night in Carrollton and watched the water rise up over the bow before the state is fully closed. Very nice view of the ice berg!

Here’s some good advice from Shaun of the Dead.


Comment from BJM
Time: March 20, 2020, 3:28 pm

I must admit that I succumbed to the TP mania yesterday. I buy most of our paper products and cleaning stuff through Amazon’s subscription service, so I laid in extras when the cruise ship was quarantined in Japan…just in cae.

However I forgot about the half bath in the shop, I buy those supplies at Costco, and of course no one else was tracking the supplies either. Welp turns out there was only half a roll of TP left.I found the Spousal Unit fishing around in the laundry room cabinet for a roll. I went full on Gollum on him…no way he’s getting my precioussss Charmin.

We both laughed, but I was serious.

Comment from BJM
Time: March 20, 2020, 4:25 pm

I just read that a mask alone isn’t enough, you must also wear eye protection as the eyes can absorb airbourne particles. Also wear gloves and use disposable lens cleaners when you clean your eyeglasses.

This shit is getting complicated.

Comment from drew458
Time: March 21, 2020, 8:40 pm

Your Force 8 mask is a pretty good half face model. Your cartridges are rated for “very fine” dust which is equivalent to at least a N95 rating. However your filters are P rated, which means they will deal with oily conditions as well.


Gloves and goggles aren’t a bad idea either. Or a full on HAZMAT bunny suit with an air pack. A bit extreme maybe?

I was able to score a couple N100 masks before the world went crazy, but I’d still rather have my old chem mask with it’s multi layer filter cartridges. Stopped everything from dust to chlorine to spray paint to bug spray.

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