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Face masks - Please recommend the most comfortable vented mask

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Esspee Tue 19-Oct-21 18:33:03

Getting to see my granddaughters will require a long flight wearing a face mask. I hate wearing a mask as my glasses steam up but wear one in shops etc. to protect others.
I need recommendations for a vented, comfortable face mask plus ideas on how to cope with extended wear.

Kalu Tue 19-Oct-21 18:57:28

A face shield would certainly be somewhat more comfortable to use but I am unsure of the efficacy a shield would prove to be. Perhaps a Google search may come up with the answers you need. Good luck.

Enjoy lots of cuddles from your GDs when you do finally meet up with them.

GrannyGravy13 Tue 19-Oct-21 19:04:40

Esspee you really need to check with the airline as they all have different requirements. I know some require a change of mask every four hours, done do not accept vented masks.

Esspee Tue 19-Oct-21 19:10:49

It never occurred to me that vented masks might not be accepted.
I can’t believe a face shield would be approved.

Hithere Tue 19-Oct-21 19:26:44

Very true, the vented masks havent been recommended in a long time

If you can sew, making n95 style masks could help you.
Have more room to breath and do not fog glasses.

The disposables are also a winner but not environment friendly

Grammaretto Tue 19-Oct-21 19:32:21

When I asked this question several months ago on here. I had some suggestions.
Here is one:
I tried dozens of different ones from various suppliers, and this is the one that I use on a daily basis:

It comes is various colours. I buy filters in packs of 60, also from Amazon.

kittylester Tue 19-Oct-21 19:41:53

You can but non fog wipes for glasses which are very effective.

Esspee Tue 19-Oct-21 19:49:39

Thank you everyone. I feel claustrophobic with a mask on but if that is what it takes to get to grandparent’s day at their school I’ll do it.

V3ra Tue 19-Oct-21 19:56:59

5 Pack Anti-Fog Wipe, Eyeglasses Cleaning Cloths, Cleaning Wipe for Eyeglasses, Tablets, Screens, Lens Wipe for Camera Lenses

These are the ones I have, they're very effective.

Esspee Wed 20-Oct-21 09:16:16

I have found silk ones from The Big Silk advertised as being the most breathable and comfortable to wear for extended periods.
Has anybody got silk masks?

Mogsmaw Wed 20-Oct-21 09:40:01

Re vented face-masks, they only filter on the way in. The vent is straight out. As a shop worker, anyone wearing one is effectively blowing straight into my face.

GrannyGravy13 Wed 20-Oct-21 10:08:24

Esspee have you checked what face coverings your Airline will allow?
I urge you to do so before you spend on coverings which may not be allowed.

Caleo Wed 20-Oct-21 10:43:21

Vented masks are suitable only for people who want to filter the air they breathe, such as work in dusty rooms.

The vent is not designed to filter what is breathed out, so the wearer does not protect other people.

Esspee Wed 20-Oct-21 12:26:37

Yes, thank you everyone I had thought that a vented mask would be more comfortable as I get panicky when my breathing is restricted. I hadn’t realised it doesn’t protect others.
I am now thinking that medical grade masks might be best as nurses and doctors have to wear them for extended periods. The idea of silk being more breathable and kinder to the skin also appeals but know of nobody who has used them.

Is there anybody on here who is able to share their experience of wearing a mask for extended periods?

Grannmarie Wed 20-Oct-21 19:28:35

Hi, Esspee, I have some silk masks which are quite cool and comfortable to wear, but I haven't worn them for longer than an hour or so, mainly in church.

Like you, I am flying to America, for Thanksgiving with family, so I will follow GG13's advice and check with the airline. I would probably feel safer with medical grade masks, FFP3? but will accept airline's recommendations.

Enjoy your time with your grandchildren!

Esspee Wed 20-Oct-21 22:25:13

Thank you Grannmarie My airline KLM only specifies a mask that covers nose and mouth. I have some medical ones, the type doctors and dentists use and the fabric ones I mostly use at the moment. As the air is changed every 90 seconds on the plane, everybody is facing the same direction and the air is introduced from above I'm not unduly worried about catching covid.
Are silk masks OK after washing?
Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving.

Jane43 Wed 20-Oct-21 22:29:45

DH also uses the anti-fog wipes, they really do work.

MaizieD Wed 20-Oct-21 23:09:19

If your glasses fog up then your mask is not working properly, I'm afraid. Fogging glasses mean that there is an escape of your breath around the top of the mask. So your aerosols can get out, and, presumably everyone else's can get in... Mask must fit snugly round the bridge of the nose and across the cheekbones. So you have to experiment with various masks to get ones that fit snugly.

Visors are useless (as are, incidentally, plastic screens in shops etc) All they do is deflect the aerosols to the bottom or sides where they then make their way freely into to air around you. And they'll let them in, too.

Of course, I hope that you will be covid free when you travel, esspee, as will, I hope, your fellow passengers. But if I were doing a long flight I'd want to be sure that the mask protected in both directions.

Grannmarie Wed 20-Oct-21 23:13:24

The silk masks wash great, Esspee, and don't need ironing.
Mine were a present from my sister, who got a good deal on them when she bought her silk pillowcase!

Esspee Thu 21-Oct-21 07:15:50

In that case Grannmarie I think I shall buy a couple. I expect everyone on the plane will have had a recent PCR test so I choose to convince myself that I have no need to worry.
I’m going, so no point in getting worked up about it.

Grannmarie Thu 21-Oct-21 11:29:46

I hope you like them, Esspee. Safe journey. ✈

danceagran Thu 21-Oct-21 13:12:25

Hi Grannmarie. I'm going to the US to see family for Thanksgiving too. Are you travelling AA or BA? If you can get an answer from the airline I'd be interested to hear about it.

Grannmarie Thu 21-Oct-21 13:22:57

Hi danceagran, we're flying with Aer Lingus, I think? My sister has made the bookings. I'm just home from a walk in the park with her, I actually asked her to check the guidelines with the travel agent/ airline, so I'll let you know as soon as we find out.

Greciangirl Thu 21-Oct-21 13:59:18

Where can I buy silk masks, please anyone,?

Meta Thu 21-Oct-21 14:28:17


5 Pack Anti-Fog Wipe, Eyeglasses Cleaning Cloths, Cleaning Wipe for Eyeglasses, Tablets, Screens, Lens Wipe for Camera Lenses ]]

These are the ones I have, they're very effective.

Echo this recommendation- rinsing my glasses then using the wipes has been a game changer for me since mask wearing started. I can see clearly in shops etc wonderful!