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Old 02-29-2020, 05:08 PM
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Or are they already in short supply?

I got a few boxes, but they start decomposing due to age. Mine are left over from construction.
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Old 02-29-2020, 05:09 PM
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I have 500 pairs but only 10 N95 masks.
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I have the better part of a box I used for first aid/home care. Sometimes you just need a rubber glove.

They do go bad so I'm not getting more. This from what I read is more airborne and not much I can practically do about that.
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Bought a box online and also a have a few packs of 100 vinyl gloves (loose fitting) from the dollar tree. Got them before the Coronavirus scare.
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Don't forget eye protection. Masks and gloves don't help if someone sneezes and your eyes are unprotected.
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I had maybe 50 nitrile gloves before COVID 19, and I bought 500 more recently.

I also bought goggles, N95 face masks, and respirator masks with P100 filters.

Thanks to those who pointed out that the nitrile gloves go bad eventually. I wasn't aware of it.
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I keep boxes of nitrile gloves on hand when I paint and do mechanic and other work. Mine haven't gone bad.
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I had maybe 50 nitrile gloves before COVID 19, and I bought 500 more recently.

I also bought goggles, N95 face masks, and respirator masks with P100 filters.

Thanks to those who pointed out that the nitrile gloves go bad eventually. I wasn't aware of it.
Nitrile gloves are actually far better than latex. Easy to check, stretch them ( as if putting on) and see if they fail, or appear to be compromised. Weve had 5mil nitrile powdered gloves in storage for a decade in air conditioning and they are fine- cant imagine latex would last that long.

The poly food handling gloves may be far superior ( and cheaper) for isolation- say to purchase food at a grocery store. Have some sanatizer if the gloves fail.
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WE use them regularly, so I simply bought more.

At work, I'm wondering why we didn't get our resupply but we're not short yet.
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Agreed on the sanitizer. I keep a small can of lysol and a small bottle of hand sanitizer in my pockets now. Luckily it is cool enough that I can wear my M65 comfortably.
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Latex offers the best virus protection. If you have an allergy, nitrile is perfectly acceptable.

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... latex gloves offer the best protection against bacteria and viruses, while synthetic gloves provide better chemical protection.
https://avacaremedical.com/medical-gloves-guide
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We are wasteful and use them for washing dishes so we always have them on hand.

Rudump dump.

Tip your waitresses.
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Ran in to Costco today and they had pallets of Nitrile gloves in boxes of 150 quantity for $7.99.... really good price.... better than Harbor Freight. Only bought a single box... but should have purchased a dozen.

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I have 500 pairs but only 10 N95 masks.
One video I watched had a very good suggestion on extending longevity of N95 masks, and I'll add my own input as well. It's not an ideal solution but is better than not having a mask after you use up a limited supply.

In your case, you have 10 masks, which is a fantastic minimum. Number the masks so you can keep track of them.

The virus supposedly lives UP TO 9 days exposed to air in ideal circumstances.
Sunlight UV probably is not ideal for the virus.

Wear mask #1 for the day, and then carefully remove it and place it in direct sunlight, open side down, so the virus is hit by UV. Repeat day 2 with mask #2, carefully removing it and placing it in sunlight.

By day 10, your mask #1 is almost certainly decontaminated with dead virus.

This method requires no chemicals or damage to the mask.
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Don't forget eye protection. Masks and gloves don't help if someone sneezes and your eyes are unprotected.
Yes, I dug out several pairs of air tight swim goggles. You want air tight, not ski goggles or similar which allow air to get inside.
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Why would nitrile not be as good as latex for virus protection?
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One video I watched had a very good suggestion on extending longevity of N95 masks, and I'll add my own input as well. It's not an ideal solution but is better than not having a mask after you use up a limited supply.

In your case, you have 10 masks, which is a fantastic minimum. Number the masks so you can keep track of them.

The virus supposedly lives UP TO 9 days exposed to air in ideal circumstances.
Sunlight UV probably is not ideal for the virus.

Wear mask #1 for the day, and then carefully remove it and place it in direct sunlight, open side down, so the virus is hit by UV. Repeat day 2 with mask #2, carefully removing it and placing it in sunlight.

By day 10, your mask #1 is almost certainly decontaminated with dead virus.

This method requires no chemicals or damage to the mask.
For COV19, the dryiNg out of the mask probally does as much good as the Sunlight. For a real airborne virus ( ie anthrax) where the partials are trapped in the mask, The sunlight may be completely ineffective.

Ideally tuck the straps under the mask- rubber and UV often dont play well together.
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Why would nitrile not be as good as latex for virus protection?
Nitrile is more permeable.
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Nitrile is more permeable.
Evidence? They make pretty good balloons. Can't be all that permeable.
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Evidence? They make pretty good balloons. Can't be all that permeable.
Just like plastic storage lets air in over time. Hence the reason we use mylar for long term storage. I can go deeper but... This is the gist of it.
I am just going by what the medical community has stated.
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