Uncommon Sense

March 31, 2021

A Mask Revelation

Filed under: Technology — Steve Ruis @ 10:36 am
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Claudia brought me some new masks she was trying out. I believe this is the eighth or ninth different commercial mask we have tried. The issues with the others are strain on one’s ears, fogging of eyeglasses, etc. all of the usual complaints. So, this mask was much like the other disposable masks we have tried. (We also had tried washable cotton masks.) I put one on to go get the mail and I immediately noticed a difference. When I inhaled the mask collapsed against my face and when I exhaled, it ballooned slightly away from my face. What that told me is that the air being moved was actually going through the mask rather than around the mask, constituting actual evidence that it was working. I hadn’t notice this effect on any of the other soft masks, actually, just the opposite—more air flowed around those masks rather than through them.

None of the masks we have tried so far are of the fairly rigid kind. I assume they, too, have advantages and disadvantages, but I like the feedback these masks give me (I’m working, I’m working . . . like the Little Engine That Could Mask it is).

I suspect we still have months if not years of mask wearing in front of us, so I thought these insights might be helpful.

Black Disposable Face Masks


  1. I don’t wear glasses, but I do wear hearing aids … and must use cotton masks that tie in the back. I got the ones I use from a seller on Etsy and have been very happy with them. I did try one of the “wired” ones that seem to be so popular (with back ties) but when I talked, it kept sliding down — even though I had “pinched” the nose piece.

    Now that I’m fully vaccinated, I will of course continue to wear my mask, but at least now I’m a little less concerned about the idiots who refuse to wear one.

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    Comment by Nan — March 31, 2021 @ 11:09 am | Reply

    • I wear hearing aids, too … but only when I go out (which ain’t often). One thing I like about these is the elastic is very gentle and soft. It doesn’t snag on my glasses nor does it become irritating over time. Seems as if they hit the “sweet spot” with this design.

      (I am not throwing away my tie on cotton masks, however, but one drawback is they are hard to tie behind my head!)

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 31, 2021 @ 11:27 am | Reply

  2. I read through all details on that Amazon link of the mask Steve curious if it had any official endorsement from AHA, WHO, doctors and/or scientists and their organizations, and didn’t see any. 🤔

    I’m always wary of companies exploiting consumers with this type of sales campaign looking only for quick profits. Any scientific/medical info on this mask that you know of?

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    Comment by Professor Taboo — March 31, 2021 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

    • If I may interject — the absolute best masks are the CDC and NIOSH Approved N95s (the medical standard used by those in the medical field). The KN95 (CE Certified) are China’s equivalent.

      Best place to purchase high-grade masks is at https://www.cov.care.

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      Comment by Nan — March 31, 2021 @ 3:35 pm | Reply

      • Ahh, thank you very much Nan! 😁


        Comment by Professor Taboo — March 31, 2021 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

      • Yeah, I am at war with my frugal soul. Those masks are $5 each unless you can buy 1500 and then they are $3 each. Not even my government check could buy that many!

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        Comment by Steve Ruis — April 1, 2021 @ 12:34 pm | Reply

        • Are you referencing the site I provided? You must be looking at something different because I just clicked on the site and 3 masks were listed at $14.99 (on sale).

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          Comment by Nan — April 1, 2021 @ 1:08 pm | Reply

          • I was told there would be no math … $14.99 for three is $4.9967 each, no? Are you busting me for 0.33 cents?


            Comment by Steve Ruis — April 1, 2021 @ 1:23 pm | Reply

            • Oh. I guess I didn’t carry it out to the same degree as you. I was just looking at cold, hard numbers. 😋


              Comment by Nan — April 1, 2021 @ 1:33 pm | Reply

              • I used to be able to do math in my head, now I need at least 15 minutes just to find a working calculator.

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                Comment by Steve Ruis — April 1, 2021 @ 1:44 pm | Reply

    • Nope, could be contaminated with anthrax for all I know. We are all operating in the dark (no pun intended) and I can’t imagine that the CDC or other agency has the staff to test every new mask being created. Sorry I could be more informative. I guess my basic point is that if the mask fits correctly you should feel a soft mask expanding and contracting from the pressure differentials created from breathing.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 1, 2021 @ 12:31 pm | Reply

  3. My doctor recommended these (I also wear glasses): https://shop.phenix-care.com/fr/masques/38-air-queen-masque-ffp2-nano-fibres-nouvelle-generation.html
    They don’t steam up and are fairly comfortable, also cheap if bought in quantity.
    You can probably get something similar in the US.


    Comment by The Pink Agendist — April 4, 2021 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

    • Still … 3.83 Euros each plus shipping to the US (quantity discounts). Not being one of those Americans who throws his money around, my inheirant “thriftiness” betrays me. :o)

      On Sun, Apr 4, 2021 at 5:28 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 4, 2021 @ 9:31 pm | Reply

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