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32 minutes ago, revelstone said:

Home Pro carries the 3M disposable N95 masks. 

Yes, and so do at least some of the Big C and Tescos in BKK, in their hardware type sections. But Home Pro is probably a surer bet to find them.

 

I bought and tried one a while back, and wearing it wasn't a particularly comfortable experience, and certainly not anything I'd want to wear exercising or have on for a long time.

 

There supposedly is the newer "Cool" versions with some kind of an exhaust (breathing out) valve or function. But I haven't noticed that variety among the ones I've seen here.

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1 hour ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

Yes, and so do at least some of the Big C and Tescos in BKK, in their hardware type sections. But Home Pro is probably a surer bet to find them.

 

I bought and tried one a while back, and wearing it wasn't a particularly comfortable experience, and certainly not anything I'd want to wear exercising or have on for a long time.

 

There supposedly is the newer "Cool" versions with some kind of an exhaust (breathing out) valve or function. But I haven't noticed that variety among the ones I've seen here.

I found the mask itself OK, but the elastic bands are a little on the small size and uncomfortably tight

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The ones with cool valve are kind of helpful, at last when breathing in the hot air and condensation from previous cycle of expiration has mainly been ejected from the mask.

It works fine, and is nicer to walk around in.

thing is, none of these are comfortable and if we truly are going back to 80 or 90s when bkk was always in a smog, then it is probably time to leave.  I see parts of south america have good counts on particles

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Normal is not good-- Bangkok ranges from around 60-120.
 
Standing next to a smoker is certainly not as dangerous as being exposed to air pollution.  Air pollution is regarded as carcinogenic, whereas latest studies indicate passive smoking does not cause cancer.  And in any case you would be exposed to the cigarette smoke for just a few minutes.
 
 
I'm absolutely opponent of the "go-home" brigade but every one who is on his own will in Bangkok or Thailand should know that the levels of air pollution are higher here than in developed countries.
So you can live with it or choose another place.

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I've mentioned it before but for 39 baht you can get a very convenient 3M n95 mask from Tesco which you can fold up and put in your bag or even back pocket. It's this one:

 

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Unfortunately, it looks like those are NOT available via Tesco Online, at least not for my central BKK delivery location.

 

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3 minutes ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

Unfortunately, it looks like those are NOT available via Tesco Online, at least not for my central BKK delivery location.

 

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17 minutes ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

Unfortunately, it looks like those are NOT available via Tesco Online, at least not for my central BKK delivery location.

 

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So take the SkyTrain to Tesco on nut or buy a box from the 3Mdelivery.com website.

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Which selfish bastard took all the VFlex masks from Tesco On Nut? I should have known it was a mistake to share that information.

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37 minutes ago, edwardandtubs said:

Which selfish bastard took all the VFlex masks from Tesco On Nut? I should have known it was a mistake to share that information.

 

That makes sense re Tesco Online...  The Tesco online delivery orders for central BKK are for some reason handled by the Rama IV store, not OnNut. So they probably aren't in stock at Rama IV either.

 

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To be effective the mask needs to he n95/n99 and has to fit with no gaps.

Anything else is a waste of time....and some actually increase poential problems.

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On 2/12/2018 at 7:37 AM, edwardandtubs said:

 

So take the SkyTrain to Tesco on nut or buy a box from the 3Mdelivery.com website.

 

Re the VFlex 3M mask, out of stock also at 3MDelivery.com

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The China-based site smartairfilters.com did testing of various masks including various 3M models to test just how much particle blocking the masks did when being worn on the face, which is what really counts. In general, the 3M masks scored the best results (both in filtering and in cost effectiveness), and a lot of the fashion type masks did not.

 

https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/masks-really-work/

 

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Of the models they tested in late 2017, the 3M 9010 scored among the best results in both filtering (99%+) and cost effectiveness.

 

I just bought a case of 50 from Amazon U.S. for $35. But I see they're also available from the 3MDelivery website for an even better price, and they're in stock there. The only drawback of that model mask, AFAICS, is it doesn't have the newer Cool Flow exhalation vent, which is the type I'd want to use/wear if I was exercising.

 

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Here's the 3MDelivery info for their sold out 3M 9105 Vflex mentioned above:

 

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https://www.3mdelivery.com/product/309/9105-vflex-n95-particulate-respiratormedium/

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BTW, here's a good recap of how Bangkok air, for example, is NOT meeting the standards of the WHO, U.S. EPA or EU when it comes to PM2.5 particulate pollution, which is the smallest particles that can get into your lungs and bloodstream and cause various health problems, even premature death.

 

Out of compliance with the WHO daily limit for nearly 5 months out of the year, and out of compliance with the looser U.S. EPA standard for two months out of the year.

 

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http://berkeleyearth.lbl.gov/air-quality/local/Thailand/Bangkok/Bangkok

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