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How Are You Fixed On PPEs?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by VegasGroove, May 12, 2020.

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  1. VegasGroove

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    (I hope this thread is okay)

    Masks, gloves, safety goggles, hazmat suits?
    Do you have a stash ready in addition to what you are currently using?
    Anything on order that you are waiting for?
    What is your preference for these items?
    Have you made your own?

    I find myself stocking up on more of these items - just in case. I am trying/ordering new masks from different places. Just got in a pair of safety goggles, didn't like the ones I ordered a couple weeks ago.

    I attempted to make masks out of tshirts and rubber bands. My mother told me I looked like I had a beard! So, I started ordering the cotton ones with a pocket for filters to wear in addition to the blue paper ones.
     
  2. Mudhen

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    I got nothing. No masks, and certainly no hazmat suits.

    Doesn't matter though, as I don't leave the house much these days. A quick run to the grocery store or HD, and that's about it.
     
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    I got boxes and boxes of plastic gloves, packages of paper masks, and a bunch of hand sanitizers at the liquor store when I stocked up on Vitamin B(eer)
    Already gave the wife the few packages of N95's from my wood shop for her to wear to work at the pharmacy which had none.
     
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    I got more than enough.
     
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    I have a couple dozen canisters of CaviWipes (hospital grade disinfecting wipes), a box of 50 surgical masks (down to about 40), and a ton of latex and nitrile gloves.

    (I sell medical equipment for a living, I'm not a "prepper" or one of those other weirdos...)
     
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    I work as a nurse, and the only thing I have privately is a couple of reusable masks that I got in anticipation of their use being required to go to stores.

    I'll probably buy a few more of those, especially if ones come out that are more comfortable in hot weather, but I don't intend to do much stocking other than that.

    I suspect that at the end of this, a lot of people are going to be stuck with a bunch of PPE they'll never use (along with a multi-year supply of toilet paper).
     
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    When this first started, all I had was a partial package of dust masks from an old drywall project. My mom made us 4 of the fitted cloth masks in late-March. I have some gloves, but don't really use them. I did happen to buy a bunch of travel sized hand sanitizers in late February, in preparation for my surgery and being in the hospital. Who knew that was a great purchase. We have them stashed everywhere now.

    We are on our last container of wipes, but I'm not too worried about running out of them because I can always use cleaner and a rag.

    I keep saying I want to make some of those folded masks, like cloth version of the paper surgical mask. The ones my mom sent us are fitted and I think the folded ones might be a little cooler, although maybe a little less effective too. I'd love to make a few in some fun fabrics I have stashed at home. But I haven't bothered to look for my sewing machine, so outlook not great on getting those done any time soon.

    I don't go out much. Dan and I are both working from home. He picks up curbside takeout once a week or so. I go to the grocery store every 2 weeks or so. Our outside time is mostly in the yard or out in the boonies where nobody else goes. :) Our cloth masks seem to be enough, but I wish I had a better (ie N95) mask for an upcoming appointment I have at the hospital in Seattle.

    I hope this thread can avoid the pitfalls of some others.
     
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    Human nature being what it is, I would be shocked if it did.
     
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    People gotta think how they gotta think.

    We've not really stocked up because what most of us have lying 'round the house suffices for our needs. Wear a mask in public spaces because it is both polite and a good idea. Wash your hands or use approved sanitizer. Don't touch your eyes, etc. This is an airborne threat. Logic will take you a long way
     
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    I have bleach and soap, don't need wipes or sanitizer. I've only left the house twice since March 16 (Costco, butcher). When I eventually return to work, I'll need masks. I made one last week (because I have to venture out to Costco this week - it's a trek, it's in the town where I work not live). I'm not good at sewing. But we have a very good machine. Operator error. And spouse wouldn't do it for me, so....I tried the fitted mask. That failed exceptionally. Did the pleated version (with opening for optional filter) and it came out very lopsided BUT fits my face nicely - no gaps. Go figure. Who knew I was that asymmetrical. Before I go back into the office (and I don't know when that will be) I'll need to order or sew some more....
     
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    Only 4 masks, I find them hard to get in a physical store in PA where using a mask is required, as I have never used on-line shopping.
     
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    I've always used masks, sanitizer and gloves when doing certain chores with the animals, so I'm pretty well stocked up. And I don't care what anyone says, there is no such thing as too much toilet paper. Back before all this started I always had a good stockpile. There are certain things one never wants to run low on. Besides toilet paper, I think highly of ketchup and coffee.
     
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    As a courtesy to others, I wear a regular surgical-mask when I go to a store or other spots where I'll be in reasonable general contact with others. I wash my hands more frequently than before and I'm good about maintaining social-distance. I'm not obsessed with the whole thing, but I have changed some habits and frankly, those changes will benefit me with other things (colds, flu, etc.)

    Even though Nevada opened-up Phase I this past Saturday 5/9, I've yet to venture out much. I do go for daily walks (no mask). I'm looking forward to going out to eat again soon. No good reason we're waiting other than we have an awful lot of food here at the house.
     
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    Wow, that's quite amazing in this day and age. I think I'm proud of you. But how do you buy a car? lol
     
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    True. It's already not great, but at some point we all need to agree to be adults and have some conversations about this stuff without it becoming a total disaster. I don't know how to do that without the cooperation of some of the people who seem to constantly want to be a problem on this issue.

    I have a number of threads that I'd love to approve for discussion, but if something as simple as "what PPE do you have on hand" goes off the rails, what hope do we have for VMB to continue to be open? Are we only allowed to talk about jigsaw puzzles and Vegas movies until the casinos reopen? And even when they do reopen, we have the conflict of people who are anxious to go and those that want to wait. Will we still be clashing then? Probably. But that doesn't seem sustainable.

    Sorry, I don't want to thread jack. But I'm trying very hard to find balance and it would be a lot easier if we could all work together and meet in the middle some of the time.
     
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    I have some of the medical folded masks that I’ve reused many times. I use them walking and when I’m at the grocery store, otherwise I’m home. I’m not doing gloves but I have a good amount of hand sanitizer for shopping trips.

    When I go back to work, my employer says they’ll be providing these things. Fingers crossed!


    If I end up flying this year I’d like and need a better mask. Maybe they’ll be more available then.
     
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    Using up comps walkabout! Fingers crossed!
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    No masks, gloves are massive cross contaminators if used for too long of periods of time (one of the first things they teach you in food safety courses you have to take if you're in the restaurant business) - so none of those either.

    Wash my hands often (tons of soap anti bacterial and regular) and clorox wipes for grocery carts, door handles etc.

    Bunch of Hand sanitizer in the car and office.
     
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    We live very rurally and have for 20 years - before we built this house, we lived in a tiny lake cottage that wasn't designed for year round living. Nor was the electrical quite up to par (ironically, the lake we lived on was a cooling pond for a power plant ;-) Here, it's ice storms and hurricanes we're prepared for. I'm pretty organized and now we have storage space - we have water & purifiers, generators, extra fuel, toilet paper from Costco, lots of shelf-stable food that we can cook on the grill or stove (we have a gas stove). It's just how I shop & plan & live. I don't buy things I won't use - but I will buy enough in case of emergency of the things I know we need & use.

    And I agree with Gino on gloves - outside of the healthcare setting, I don't want to see them because people don't use them properly. Even in food prep, I believe washing hygiene is superior to gloving (gloving is great WHEN done properly - it's almost never done properly ;-)
     
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    What are gloves? Extra skin. They get just as filthy. And like most self-prescribed remedies, people get it all wrong. Leave them for the pros, wash your hands, don't touch your face, wear your mask in public settings.
     
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    Luckily, I already had an account with a vendor that sold this stuff beforehand for work and they've done well by their customers. The only delay we've had on our orders (we go through a lot of gloves, sanitizer, etc.) has been with the masks. I'm down to 12, but, it shouldn't be an issue now that people are wearing their own cloth masks. I had a couple of giant hand sanitizer jugs that were mostly full left over from cooking in BBQ competitions and tailgating at football games last year. Those have gone into my vehicles and I hit them every time I make a stop. Those should last a few more months at a minimum.

    Two interesting side effects: My hands are basically two big leather mitts from the hand sanitizer. I can also no longer smell lemon due to the sanitizer we had on stock. While not PPE, my ass is getting awful tired of using those big John Wayne rolls I brought home from work.
     
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