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Decent Covid face masks (for off the bike)

redvisionredvision Posts: 2,515
Just wondering if anyone can recommend a face mask for added protection against covid when in confined spaces? Specifically one which is suitable for asthmatics.

I appreciate there is a bit of debate whether they are actually beneficial but, provided it doesn't irritate/ provoke asthma, I would prefer to wear one than not.

There are so many online but a lot have negative reviews. I know you can make your own but would appreciate any recommendations for a decent one available to buy in the UK.

Ta.

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  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 11,027
    Nothing to recommend but I did a bit of research and most are not fit for purpose. If you want a reusable one (better with more for use/wash/spare) then apparently they should have 600 thread count or higher and doubled up. They also have to be washed at 60 degrees or higher. Also you need one that fits properly and I hope you don't have a beard.
    If you do find one then I imagine that demand will be high.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
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  • redvisionredvision Posts: 2,515
    edited 22 May
    Yeah that's what I thought. The ones with (what look like genuine) good reviews are pretty much all out of stock, the others probably aren't worth bothering with.

    Guess I will just have to keep looking
  • fenixfenix Posts: 5,147
    Have a look at splashmaps. They have masks available for not much and their info from the Nuffield Trust says that wearing a cotton face mask reduces the chance of you passing the infection on 36 fold.

    It's not clouds of poison gas we are wandering through here so you don't need an airtight seal over your face.
  • CargobikeCargobike Posts: 64
    fenix said:

    It's not clouds of poison gas we are wandering through here so you don't need an airtight seal over your face.

    Damn!
    That's my excuse to wear my gimp mask in public gone up in flames.
  • CargobikeCargobike Posts: 64
    Expensive, but washable and made by a biking company so some kudos.
    https://q36-5.com/shop/men/cycling-accessories/protective-mask/
  • fenixfenix Posts: 5,147
    Did I hear that a lot of the Italian kit suppliers made PPE in the middle of the crisis ?

    Not for cycling in mind you.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 11,027
    edited 22 May
    fenix said:

    Did I hear that a lot of the Italian kit suppliers made PPE in the middle of the crisis ?

    Not for cycling in mind you.

    Just pointing out that they are not too convinced of usage for C-19.

    "Machine washable at 30 ° or more and reusable. 100% Made in Italy.

    Please take notice that this is a garment and not a medical device!"

    I get a feeling that for most it is a matter of something is better than nothing, and for some it is about being seen to be doing it, rather than effective blocking.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • fenixfenix Posts: 5,147
    Our care homes and nurses haven't enough PPE so I don't know why cyclists would be needing medical grade.

  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 8,475
    edited 22 May
    I've just added 3 of these to an order for our household.
    https://aleclothing.com/130-face-masks
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  • lesfirthlesfirth Posts: 996
    It depends what you want the mask to do. The type seen mostly, similar to what a surgeon wears during an operation, is designed to stop the wearer coughing on others. It gives absolutely no benefit to the wearer. If you want some protection you need one that does give an airtight seal on your face.
  • navrig2navrig2 Posts: 1,511
    fenix said:

    Our care homes and nurses haven't enough PPE so I don't know why cyclists would be needing medical grade.

    This.


    Plus.

    Why would you post on a cycling forum looking for advice on a face mask to help avoid infection from a virus?

    No doubt the OP thinks that all cyclists are given qualifications in Virology, materials technology and, maybe, even a medical degree if they cycle far enough.
  • redvisionredvision Posts: 2,515
    Jesus, some people on here...

    If you read my original post I say I'm looking for a face mask for when off the bike. Ie when going to a supermarket or enclosed place. The govt have issued advice that it is likely to be beneficial to wear such a mask.

    This is a road general section, for topics which don't fit anywhere else. Given the current pandemic, and the latest advice, I figured it would see if anyone in here had found a decent face mask, so thanks to those who have made suggestions.

  • navrig2navrig2 Posts: 1,511
    I got the off the bike bit which is why I am surprised you would ask on a cycling forum for advice which is related to a national medical problem.

    It's a bit like asking on a DIY forum how to tune your guitar.
  • redvisionredvision Posts: 2,515
    edited 22 May
    navrig2 said:

    I got the off the bike bit which is why I am surprised you would ask on a cycling forum for advice which is related to a national medical problem.

    It's a bit like asking on a DIY forum how to tune your guitar.

    I wasn't asking for a medical grade mask, I was asking for recommendations from members on here who may have purchased a face mask for a bit of protection and are satisfied/ pleased with it, as reviews on amazon etc are largely negative and unreliable.

    As for your analogy, a few months back there was a topic on b&q on here. There have been threads about just about everything. I would think that anything to do with coronavirus is relevant to everyone on this forum, despite what you may think.
  • yellowv2yellowv2 Posts: 166
    navrig2 is this not a general discussion forum for cyclists? Does not always need to be directly about bikes. Don’t see anything wrong with the thread.
  • navrig2navrig2 Posts: 1,511
    redvision said:

    navrig2 said:

    I got the off the bike bit which is why I am surprised you would ask on a cycling forum for advice which is related to a national medical problem.

    It's a bit like asking on a DIY forum how to tune your guitar.

    I wasn't asking for a medical grade mask, I was asking for recommendations from members on here who may have purchased a face mask for a bit of protection and are satisfied/ pleased with it, as reviews on amazon etc are largely negative and unreliable.

    As for your analogy, a few months back there was a topic on b&q on here. There have been threads about just about everything. I would think that anything to do with coronavirus is relevant to everyone on this forum, despite what you may think.
    You were quite specific.

    redvision said:

    Specifically one which is suitable for asthmatics.

    redvision said:

    (for off the bike)



    If you are that concerned I would suggest that you need very specific guidance or advice relating to your condition however if you are happy for people with an unknown amount of experience or qualifications to give you medical advice then go for it.

    I wouldn't be.


  • navrig2navrig2 Posts: 1,511
    You were quite specific:

    "off the bike"
    "suitable for asthmatics"

    If you are happy about asking an bunch of unknown individuals with unknown experience and unknown qualifications for quite specific advice about your non-cycling related health then go for it,

    I wouldn't be.

    My analogy is quite apt.
  • N0bodyOfTheGoatN0bodyOfTheGoat Posts: 4,005
    Being Dominic Cummings?
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  • yellowv2yellowv2 Posts: 166
    Nothing wrong with asking other people their opinions, you don’t necessarily do what they advise. It’s about taking what others think and then forming your own opinions.
  • redvisionredvision Posts: 2,515
    navrig2 said:

    You were quite specific:

    "off the bike"
    "suitable for asthmatics"

    If you are happy about asking an bunch of unknown individuals with unknown experience and unknown qualifications for quite specific advice about your non-cycling related health then go for it,

    I wouldn't be.

    My analogy is quite apt.

    Haha, whatever.

    Given the link with asthma and cycling it is a very relevant question. Plus, the reason I mentioned asthma was purely because medical grade masks are a no no for anyone with asthma.

    Anyway, I appreciate those who have taken the time and effort to offer recommendations.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 9,046
    daniel_b said:

    I've just added 3 of these to an order for our household.
    https://aleclothing.com/130-face-masks

    @daniel_b They come through yet? Seem any good? Comfort OK?
    and then the next thing you know
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