i have worn n95 masks since as early as i could get them in 2020. i have taught in them. i have traveled by train in them. i have been on public transportation in them. and i can offer some tips on how to wear, care, & store them. here you go:
1. FIT: proper fit is VERY important for it to work 95% (or more!) filtration.
-SLOWLY put on ur mask (u don't want to snap the bands or hit yourself in the face)
-mold the nose area w/BOTH hands
-crisscross the straps of the mask at the back of ur head if u need a tighter fit
2. Fit (cont): do a FIT CHECK
-put on your mask, secure the fit, then place your hands over your mask and blow HARD. if you feel air from either the top (near your eyes), sides, or bottom (near chin), re-adjust your mask & check again.
3. Wear
-ur mask must FULLY cover ur NOSE & MOUTH
-the top should be on the bridge of your nose, the bottom under ur chin
-the straps should sit 1) on your neck + 2) the top of your head (or slightly back, depending on your face/head shape and what fit is most secure
4. Care/Storage
-do not get your mask wet. if it does get wet, put on a new, dry mask
-store your masks in a dry place
-remove sealed masks from plastic to “air out” a day to avoid strong smell
- do not use the same mask more than 25 hrs straight (source: American Medical Assoc.)
5. Care/Storage (cont)
- label ur masks (or put them in a labeled brown bag), then rotate ur masks so that u don't use the same mask again for 7 days
- don't put ur mask directly in the sun/heat as this can destroy the bands
- wear a surgical mask over ur N95 to extend its life
and the last reminder:
if you want your mask to work and protect you fully, do not take it off indoors. if you need to drink or eat, go outside to do so. removing your mask for any reason indoors means exposure to indoor air, which you are wearing the mask to avoid.

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[thread/share widely]
I'm still taking N95 requests.
DM me if you're:
-an outward-facing worker
-in *financial need*
& i'll send you a packet of certified NIOSH 3M N95 masks for free

pls see next tweet to donate or see financial info Image
u can send donations to support my efforts via:
paypal: paypal.me/wendimuse
venmo: account.venmo.com/u/WendiMuse
cashapp: $WendiMuse
(pls spell my name correctly so it goes to the right place)

here's the financial info:

pls see next tweet for mask sources
if you can afford to buy masks on your own, please follow this thread for more info on distributors of certified NIOSH 3M 95 masks in a variety of increments

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sending out shipment #2 (ppl who made requests on monday) today/tomorrow. also set to receive another shipment today and will be making more orders!
if you are in financial need & want N95s (or to donate to my efforts), please see:
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1) 3M's page directly then visiting supplier pages
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3) industrial safety products

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