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A Headband and Coffee Filter Will Help...

addendum:  This post turned out to be nearly a novella.  I mentioned I wasn't going to regale any more on the 'bio-mishap', and I'm not really.  I'm sharing my idea and shopping experience more so.  Sorry about the lengthy word overuse.  Carry on.....

As everyone globally already knows...there are shortages in everything but gasoline it seems. The oil companies are gonna go bankrupt if we aren't able to go anywhere anytime soon. [ya, right...we'll pay dearly for gas in time to make up for their losses. Guaranteed!  I'm even looking for a gallon of milk to soar in price along with all the food stuffs.]

Anyway, I've been in search of three items. Anti-bacterial liquid soap, jigsaw puzzles, [found two more...this shelf was nearly empty too! - it's gonna be a long time with this house arrest.  Gotta have something to occupy our wits besides books and drawing and movies] and the elusive packages of surgical masks. Of course, I kinda stopped looking for the masks since of the pleas from our government asking us to not buy them because doctors and hospitals...they need 'em more than I do. But, I still want a bit of protection when I DO go shopping. I have experimented a bit. I tried the HUGE massive band-aid and covered my mouth...I can breathe thru them, and they ARE protective against germs with open wounds on any part of the body, why not the mouth? But what about the nostrils? A smaller band aid? No. I nixed that idea and kept thinking. Okay, I came to the conclusion of making my own. I really  didn't want to get the sewing machine set up, didn't really feel like doing the task. Besides, I only went to one store [Walmart is the only 'department store' open other than grocery stores] to do a one-stop shopping trip. They have material. I was told by my daughter's mother in law who is a registered nurse, that cotton is the best fabric and filtering closest to the N95. (see 1st comment from Andrea - Also, I just did research & cotton is best to use - https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/making-your-own-face-mask-some-fabrics-work-better-others-n1175966 ) I didn't want to buy a whole lot and have the extra, not used, material, sitting around the house with no use for it in the future, and it seems everyone had the same idea, the cutting table and people were lined up with their bolts of cloth choices to have it measured and priced. Well, at this particular store, the cotton squares [pre cut] sections, were empty!! And to top it off, no elastic for fitting around the ear. I know I could make ties with material, but again, I'm lazy these days.  I was at a loss...did the rest of my shopping quickly [fresh fruits and veggies]...oh, and cat food! Isaiah needs to fill his empty gut every hour or two, y'know!

As I was walking around the store getting these items, I thought I'd take a chance to see if they had the liquid soap for our dispensers. Nope, that shelf was bare also. BUT!!!! Like Grinch in the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas, I had an idea...a wonderful idea. I bought two. One for me and one for Bud, tho he is content staying home these days while I am antsy to get out and do something! LOL  I bought the cloth decorative headbands!  Their use is to hold hair back.  They have elastic backing, can unfold like a fan, and fit around the ear snugly.  I don't have to sew a thing, and it works.  I called Peggy [Gramma Piggy as Clint calls her 'cause he can't pronounce the 'e' with his Down Syndrome Speech impediment], and she told me to place a coffee filter behind the head band, and I will be even MORE protected...perhaps up to 47% more.  Well cool. She also said before we hung up, "Anni, this was very ingenious. It's better than nothing at all. We should all be wearing masks when out in public."  She also told me to not wash the headbands from mouth vapor as washing weakens the materials.  That made sense, of course material weakens with washing!! She said..."lay 'em out to dry.  The air will eventually kill the virus particles and/or bacteria.  Of course, replace the coffee filters after one use."  We both giggled at that last comment.

I'll have to go in search of a goodly supply of coffee filters in days to come.  Now, if Bud and I can just go out to dinner to celebrate without pre-order and drive thru pick-up!!  A thick juicy, sizzling, steak, baked sweet potato, and steamed asparagus all washed down with the bar's frozen margarita sounds heavenly.  I would even tip huge if only I could go out to dine!

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  1. I don't know who the RN heard that from, dearest Anni, but this RN knows for a fact that in no way is a cotton fabric mask anywhere close to an N95 mask. If that was the case the hospitals wouldn't have a shortage of masks. The only reason I even mention it here is because I don't want you to rely on it like an N95 mask, you know what I mean? I love you, dear blogging friend, and don't want you to come down with the virus because you thought you were well protected. Oh, one more thing... "air" does not kill the virus. There's some talk that ultraviolet light will, so if you have a sunny window (or better yet a sunny place on an outside table), you can lay your mask in the sunshine after using it. Without a human host the virus will die, if on other surfaces, but even the experts don't know how long that takes. Some say 3 days but some are saying 17 days or possibly longer! :-O There are so many unknowns about this thing! *sigh* Your masks are genius and will work well for the grocery store and the pharmacy.... which are the only times we're supposed to go out now. This will all be over soon and most folks are really tired of the isolation... but we haven't peaked in this country yet and if folks start thinking these masks are a "ticket" to start going out again, our citizens are going to be in deep trouble. Lovingly~ Andrea PS~ A little Ma 'N Pa grocery store, if you have one fairly close, is much better than a Walmart. Walmarts are petri dishes of growing germs. XOXO

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    1. She didn't say that. She meant, I think, that it was BETTER than other fabrics (cotton, like t-shirt & tight weave plus, adding a coffee filter, even better). But she never said cotton IS like N95. We ALL know that. As you say ...no one knows for sure about this virus...it's new & a mystery to all.

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  2. I am not sure what you bought since I have never seen a headband like what you have on your face, I agree it is a genius move and will work. I can't wait to get a chance to walk in a store, which rarely did, but now I want to... I just want to see something on the news beside this virus and to be able to get in my car and go without fear... I did make 2 masks yesterday. they are fold only, no sewing and I used bandana and a white hankie, it is 4 folds of material. the instructions say to wash in hot soapy water, lay out to dry, the zap 2 minutes in microwave. but who knows if that will work. I have been putting things in the hot sun to kill germs. great idea on the filters but this means I can not have them for coffee if this catches on. I have nothing but soap that kills germs, no alcohol or spray, only one of chorox. our shelves are empty of anything that kills germs. I am going to post photos of my mask from folding. the ear handles are elastic hair bands... I am off to serch for head bands like yours to see what they look like.

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    1. They certainly work as far a fitting snug...no air gaps like a bandana would have. But, this idea of face masks is really not to protect YOU, but to protect others from germs you breathe in & out.

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  3. Great idea! You did very well. Now you can feel better when out and about that you are keeping others safer from your own germs.

    Hugs and Stay Safe 🌷

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    1. It'll help somewhat...better than uncovered I suppose

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  4. Hello, Anni

    Our trip to the grocery store are a pain now. Some food stores are now limiting how many people can be inside at one time, a wait line outside. I can;t wait till this lock down is over. Take care and have a great day!

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    1. We have only one entrance open at our stores & one exit. Instead of three. Funny part is, people don't do distance here at all.

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  5. Good luck with all this.

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    1. It's necessary I guess, but to only have a normal day again!

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  6. Your head band idea is genius... or close to IMO. We gave up on trying to order masks too. But DH has one that the doctor's office gives to them when they go to radiation. They use the same one for a week and then are given a new one (?). I have a cotton one that a friend made for me (for clay dust use) and I added a strip of hyper-allergenic vacuum cleaner bag inside (?) for extra protection. Who knows if any of these work, but better than nothing.

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    1. I was curious about patients getting them...now, I know.

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  7. Guess our no-sew, folded bandana masks will protect others and that's what we'll do. Haven't been out for two weeks but a trip to the laundromat and hometown grocer will happen next week. We'll make it quick. I like your scunci and have seen them in Walmart. They sure are better than nothing. Not shopping there!!! Keep your itchy feet in the house - NO dining out!

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    1. Well, we can't go out to dinner & dine in...all are closed.

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  8. Seems you solved your problem nicely. I was able to get a couple of cotton ones from Etsy. Came in 3 days and fit nicely. Like you said they will only protect them from us but that is part of the battle that is important. The ones I got are washable so I wash one and wear the other.

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  9. Love the idea :) very clever I use my bandana *I have head bands now I can use them besides my hair
    HUGS from your Fellow Corpusian GINA

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    1. It's really nice seeing you today. I'm glad you're okay!

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  10. Fascinating read. I'm impressed by the lack of products and how it varies from area to area. I'm inspired to create a little activity for myself and go to our ONE store and post of list of what is in low supply or no supply. It changes from day to to day, of course, but can't hurt.

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  11. For some unknown reason, years ago I bought six surgical masks and never used them. Now I have them to share with hubby for outdoor excursions to the grocery store. We also line up outside and have to wait for someone to leave before we can go in. I had to go yesterday because I used up all my coffee for the French press. Now I'm good for awhile. :-)

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    1. You're living right! Ya, I will really be glad the shopping routine gets back to normal soon.

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  12. If they really work, than that is a great idea. I have not resorted to wearing a mask, yet, but try to keep my distance from others.

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    1. I will now that more cases are coming up positive in our city.

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  13. That is a great idea with the headband. And I was just thinking today how nice it would be to go out to eat and be able to dine in.

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  14. Hey Anni
    Oh do I hear you on the search for everything. Well done on your headband w/filter. It looks quite comfortabe. I did have lots of quilting scraps and have made 4 masks. However, I didnot have any elastic except 1/2" and that gave me Dumbo ears.
    I came up with a very good style for me that wasn't awkward feeling and very comfy.
    I'm linking up the the hunt now, but it will actually post at 12 am 4/6.
    Hugs Cecilia

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  15. Love the term house arrest. Going out tomorrow for a few items plus work.

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  16. That was a fantastic idea. While all those other people are sitting at their sewing machines you are out enjoying the day in your ready made mask.

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