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Old 02-28-2020, 11:41 PM
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Coronavirus Panic at Lowe's!

Was at Lowe's today picking up some items on the list and one of those was 3M 8210plus dust masks. I buy them by the 20pack for around $20. I've got about 4 at the shop and 6 at the house so I'm not "out" yet but figured there might be a run on them and I was correct...

Asked the lady in paint where they were hiding and she proceeded to explain they were all sold out! And not to call Ace Hdwr as they were out also and had asked her to stop sending people there! According to her, they have ALL been commandeered by the gov't? WTF! She had a new sealed mask under the counter she gave me.

So anyhow, the panic-mongers and media have succeeded in decreasing safety for potentially millions of hard-working tradespersons in need of dust-protection. Do I think people will die in the US from CV? Maybe a few and those people probably would have died from the flu anyway...

So use those dust masks to the very end. And buy them if you see them. I use mine to sand Al and will usually not discard until they are on the greyish side (but still white inside).
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Old 02-29-2020, 05:37 AM
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Some media stated the Masks are being shipped to China where they are needed.

Likely paid for by US tax money. that would be a guess.
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Old 02-29-2020, 08:49 AM
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They are paid for by tax dollars, but they are being stockpiled to protect swamp snakes in Washington.
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Old 02-29-2020, 09:46 AM
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I snapped a picture of the empty mask shelves at the local Home Depot back on Wednesday and shared it on the book of faces. I've got a 40-pack of some industrial grade (non-3m) masks I bought years ago whenever we were tearing out the fire damage on my mom's house. I labeled one for each of the kids, myself, and my mom. For the most part they're still all in the box.

LadyD and a couple others warned yesterday that bottled water supplies were also soon to be depleted. The CDC sent out some kind of notice asking all US residents to pick up enough to last 2 weeks, as well as ample supplies of canned/non-perishable foods. The idea is not that the disease will likely kill ya, but that you could be quarantined for up to 2 weeks inside your house if they suspect you've got the virus.

We sell bottled water at the gun range, about 2 cases a weekend when the weather's nice. I went into 'prepper' mode and bought 3 weeks worth to keep out there to hopefully last us through the shortage. The shelves were already starting to clear out by 1pm yesterday, and all LadyD's stores were asking about getting more shipped out.
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Old 02-29-2020, 10:52 AM
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There are other options.....
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Old 03-01-2020, 11:51 AM
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I still think that we, as a nation, are going to prove much more resilient/resistant than most 3rd world and more populace countries on earth, simply because of diet/lifestyle and sanitation standards. Although I do feel that our open border states, sanctuary and crowded cities may take a major hit, caused by ignorance and non adaptability. Rural and farming areas are gonna be just fine. (those of us, living closer to the land are just naturally more resistant. don't panic, eat yer veggies and you'll be fine.)

Here in Paradise, we are dealing with a particularly severe strain of our yearly "snowbird crud" flu and common cold virus, brought to us each year by our Northern cousins, as they follow the sun and stay too long.

That being said, I long ago laid in a large supply of 3M paper filter masks to supplement my military grade, MK 5 and MK 19 masks and filter canisters.

Just one old farts opinion.

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Old 03-01-2020, 01:28 PM
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"open border states, sanctuary and crowded cities may take a major hit"

Sooo, win/win??!? ... Steve
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Old 03-02-2020, 12:59 PM
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Locally, there has been no shortage of bottled water, masks are a different story, there has been a run on them. People are such sheep.
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Old 03-02-2020, 04:30 PM
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Like everything else, the time to stock up is when you don't need to stock up.
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