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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

I thought this was a joke response to making your own Coronavirus mask, but apparently, not only is it NOT a joke, but it might even be a valid prototype for future homemade masks.

Today I spent quite a bit of time on the phone or in videoconferencing with my siblings, my children ,,,,,AND my 98 year old mother... (my siblings and my mom were together in a Zoom conference, and much later my engineering sons were interested in comparing air filter efficacy in homemade masks on another Zoom conference) oh, and my niece with preschoolers who lives on a compound in Saudi Arabia and is very very homesick in the midst of this crisis joined the earlier Zoom conference.

I tell you, I never thought we would acclimate to this kind of social distancing, but there is a certain thrill to being able to see my loved ones when I know I cannot go to be with them.... we, s just regular people, are blessed to be able to use this technology, and it really helps to get some face time in...

But the two engineers have already examined scads of data, and while one has already dismembered a MERV-13 air filter, and is ready to 3-D print a mask to fit his face perfectly, the other one is suggesting a more minimalist style that just inserts filters into the wearers nostrils and keeping your mouth shut, from whence the discussion became more and more animated as they discussed pros and cons, including an account of the hapless British astrophysicist who wound up in the hospital with magnets stuck up his nose in an effort to DIY an effective mask.

Not to mention the possibility of losing your “nose plug filters” if you sneezed (or laughed) too hard in public.

It was SO GOOD to visit virtually with them! It did me a world of good!

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