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Hi, apologies if this has been asked or discussed before. The one item that still seems difficult to obtain are masks. I have found either they are overpriced, delivery is weeks or they are of poor quality or no longer available. I decided up to now not to order as others may not be able to obtain them who may need them more, however I'm now providing Palliative care and travelling to work (public transport) I feel its advisable to wear a mask, so really could do with some, any ideas anyone?? Any advice will be greatly appreciated x

AtiraLumena
17 days ago
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KirstyWhit29673
KirstyWhit2967317 days ago

I ordered mine from Wowcher. Still waiting for them to arrive so couldn’t tell you about quality yet.

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KirstyWhit29673
KirstyWhit296732 days ago

I got these the other week. The deal was ok. I thought quite thin to start with but actually no thinner than if I made my own. Washable. I'm still getting used to wearing them but they were all right

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G0501
G050117 days ago

In France they told people to sew their own masks, even gave the shape and instructions in the newspapers, because there were no masks anywhere. My mum made a few but she's used to sewing. Can you sew? Every household should have been sent masks in every country imo but as it doesn't happen we need to resort to diy...

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Caz2
Caz215 days ago

My daughter has been sewing them, she hasnt got a machine, but she's a very good hand sewer, like me..but im busy knitting at moment. (yes,still doing the blooming blanket....)πŸ˜…

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Ann1984
Ann198417 days ago

I order reusable black ones off Groupon pack of 10 and delivered within 10 days they really good quality too

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Glitterandgold
Glitterandgold17 days ago

I was also going to suggest making one, theres a few videos on youtube demonstrating how to using a old shirt or some such item.

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Caz2
Caz214 days ago

Theres a free pattern on lovecrafts today too to knit one- can do in cotton type 'wool' so its not itchy..i may do some when ive finished blanket.(in final furlong!) After ive done baby bootees& blankets for kittens/puppies.....so no time soon thenπŸ€”πŸ˜… ...i had a further look at this-the one on email said free pattern,i click on it & its not free, but if you type it in search box for free face mask patterns there IS some others.ive emailed about the other one though its clearly a mistake,unless theres a code for it?

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Glitterandgold
Glitterandgold14 days ago

I never got the knack of being able to knit Caz2 My mum tried many times to teach me but even she gave up on me in the end 😁

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Caz2
Caz214 days ago
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AtiraLumena
AtiraLumena
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3 days ago

Caz2 I like the idea of cotton type wool, not sure I can knit, well I did once learn but I'm talking basic of basic, as in I only know one type, I remember being taught the second type (pearl) afterwards and oh that never went well! So all in all I could most likely attempt a scarf!

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Caz2
Caz22 days ago

AtiraLumena if you look on lovecrafts the actual free face mask pattern is just plain knitting.πŸ™‚

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Ann1984
Ann198416 days ago

This video will show you how to make your own out of socks if like me I have a bag full of odd socks hoping one day the other appears πŸ˜‚

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8320201/How-make-coronavirus-facemask-sock-five-easy-steps-minute.html

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Caz2
Caz214 days ago

πŸ€£πŸ˜‚they never re- appear!

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Caz2
Caz214 days ago

That is genius!πŸ€—πŸ˜

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loveglitches
loveglitches16 days ago

These are the ones I got a while back and wash them under hot water after every use , easy to breath , Image

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AtiraLumena
AtiraLumena
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3 days ago

They look good

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SandyWhite
SandyWhite15 days ago

I got mine in bargain booze and they are washable for only Β£2.99.

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Dennab
Dennab15 days ago

Did you find any? I found this article on the government website quite interesting for anybody wondering generally about masks:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-advised-to-cover-faces-in-enclosed-spaces

They're asking the public not to buy medical grade masks but looking at what I have seen advertised, most of them are not of that type anyway.

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AtiraLumena
AtiraLumena
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3 days ago

Haven't found any yet but hopefully next work placement will have ppe and may have something arranged, available or advisable regarding transport

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RobGriffit80328
RobGriffit8032815 days ago

Etsy has a good supply!

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AtiraLumena
AtiraLumena
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3 days ago

Etsy is somewhere I love looking at, so many great items, I see so much I like that I try and avoid venturing on!! Thank you, I will take a look and see what I can find on there, I bet there are some real good designs.

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jigsawx3x
jigsawx3x15 days ago

If u can get any cloth hankys make ur own then u are not taking any that the NHS need

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Dennab
Dennab14 days ago

jigsawx3x Agreed. That's the best way. It ticks a few boxes really - faster, cheaper and something to do (learning how to fold it).

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lilyflower
lilyflower15 days ago

Use a bandana or scarf, but use it properly and not like the gent, sorry male item, who removed his in Morrisons queue so he could sneeze! Security did go and speak to him, don't know the outcome as I got into store.

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AtiraLumena
AtiraLumena
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14 days ago

Eeeww! That's crazy! Hope you weren't too close

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Dennab
Dennab14 days ago

lilyflower Have you seen the video of that woman in America who cut a hole in her mask so she could talk through it? It's hilarious and worrying in equal measures.

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lilyflower
lilyflower14 days ago

AtiraLumena No, he was well behind me, those around him moved away pretty quickly. He's not the first I've seen, some of the worst are smokers - mask on - mask off quick smoke - mask on - mask off to cough - mask on. The mask is to stop you sneezing/coughing onto people!

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lilyflower
lilyflower14 days ago

Dennab Some have no common sense. Like my daughter said when there was a shortage of loo rolls - you know why Mam?, (no) because the Government has said cough into your elbow or catch it in a tissue and the majority of people don't know the difference between their elbow and a**e

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Dennab
Dennab14 days ago

lilyflower A bit of North East humour is what we all need to put up with the idiots.

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AtiraLumena
AtiraLumena
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14 days ago

lilyflower it's like everyone with the gloves, spreading germs further than had they not worn them! The first time I felt I could be exposed was in the queue for the pharmacy, then I saw this happen a few times in other places but thought its not like anyone can really just get out of the way as the place in the queue would be lost for several days!

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MrsB66
MrsB6615 days ago

I saw them being sold in my local Asda

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AtiraLumena
AtiraLumena
Original Poster
14 days ago

Thank you, will take a look

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MrsB66
MrsB6612 days ago

No problemhope you find one will probably need them when lockdown is eased fully take care@AtiraLumena

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Susana
Susana15 days ago

There's a deal right now selling masks, 20 disposable ones. I bought 2 recently from home bargains if that helps

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lornaae
lornaae15 days ago

It's actually very easy to make your own, there are a lot of different ways out there but this is my favourite. No sew - use a bandanna or something of similar size (a muslin cloth perhaps) and two elastic bands or hair ties. Plus, you can wash it after each use and therefore you don't have to worry about the cost and availability of buying single-use masks

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lilyflower
lilyflower15 days ago

Gosh, that is so easy and I've got muslin squares left from babies πŸ™‚

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lornaae
lornaae15 days ago

lilyflower Yeah it's really easy! I have quite a few bandannas and easily used those!

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PhilipMarc
PhilipMarc14 days ago

Cloth/scarf as a mask.. lol. Anything goes.

If crooks decide to rob a store they won't look any different than anyone else.

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Caz2
Caz214 days ago

lilyflower yes i suggested those (muslin squares) to my daughter to cut up and use as liners for masks she made,to make them a bit thicker.. i had some nice blue ones years ago but then gave them away..

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Caz2
Caz214 days ago

PhilipMarc my son said in local shop, lady behind till asked another customer to take down his hood (on his hoody top) yet didnt bat an eyelid at my son who was wearing a face mask thats black & has a ninja type pattern on it.. My replies are being posted 2down again!..)

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lilyflower
lilyflower14 days ago

Caz2 The squares I have are actually 'dribble' catchers and are quite thick. I used to take them on holiday to protect the back of neck/shoulders when we didn't want anything to heavy.

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Caz2
Caz214 days ago

lilyflower oh they'd be great to make mask of then..the thinner plain cotton ones or old thinner face flannels would be good to make linings for any cotton material face masks.

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Xaxkya
Xaxkya15 days ago

One of my daughter's is a key worker and as there are soo many "patients" in isolation during this pandemic. They are safer in their own homes . My daughter says their workload has doubled and their PPE is almost halved that a lot of the carers have been sourcing their own. I've been making masks for her and am lucky enough to have a friend who makes scrubs. Another friend who has their own cleaning company to provide sealed boiler suits .gloves visors and hand sanitizer . Instead of 8 hour shifts its now 12 hrs. I was a nurse for many years myself and said to her that the caring profession is a vocation not a job for everyone . She has a 2 year old at home who she rarely sees . Be careful though there's a lot of scams with PPE.

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AtiraLumena
AtiraLumena
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14 days ago

Too many companies trying to cash in sadly. I wouldn't wear one but because of the nature of the work I can't take risks on my way there. Yes my shifts are mostly around 12 hours too, my sons shifts are even longer. That's a lovely way to explain care work, I truly agree. I wrote a post about care work or any job that is regarded as suitable, having to come from within x

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PhilipMarc
PhilipMarc14 days ago

I use mine as little as possible. The masks won't protect you from a virus.

Besides, it's a stronger version of the flu. Folks ain't wearing masks because of the standard flu, but are doing for the 2.0 version because of all the scaremongering.

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AtiraLumena
AtiraLumena
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14 days ago

I agree but was thinking if it helps reduce the odds or severity regarding the journey it may help. To be honest I wouldn't wear one, it's only really because of the nature of the service I provide

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AtiraLumena
AtiraLumena
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14 days ago

Thank you truly for all these great comments. We have the sanitiser and medical gloves provided by the NHS at work. The masks aren't provided which aren't required anyhow at work itself as not a care home or hosp, it's a private care company and the risks aren't there like those many other care workplaces are exposed to. So generally just for the taxi etc but I've got to be super careful on that journey as cannot expose someone receiving palliative care to the virus. I do not have the virus from what I'm aware but many people are in and out of taxis and not all drivers are cleaning their cabs now and neither are they all wearing masks x

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AtiraLumena
AtiraLumena
Original Poster
14 days ago

Just to add, will reply to all, have made a start, just absolutely shattered!! Thanks again x

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khalid49
khalid492 days ago

Home bargains sell resusable masks for Β£1.99

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Nino786
Nino7862 days ago

Ebay has quite a few, or check the latest deals page, always a few coming up

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