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We all have disposable gloves on board. Given the current world it might be time to offer them to health care providers. The gloves aren't sterile but they could protect these wonderful folks. We can all afford to get our hands a little dirty on their behalf, no?'

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I wonder if they'd be permitted to use them, not knowing if they were contaminated already.

Anecdotally, I heard a recent hospital do their inventory of gowns, masks and gloves. Only enough gowns and masks for a single day. Gloves were in good supply. That's just one anecdote. It's a nice thought.


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I have never kept disposable gloves on board, with the exception of a couple of sterile pairs in the first aid kit. I guess I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty!

There does not appear to be a shortage of gloves around here. I have 3 boxes in my work van because the company keeps giving them to me but I don't use them.

I would certainly donate them if they were needed. Perhaps the need will arise eventually but right now our hospitals have the supplies they need.

Disposable N95 masks are probably going to be the first thing needed, but in the ICU where my wife works they are switching to reusable respirators instead of disposable masks.

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Does a standard N95 mask do anything to protect the wearer from this contagion? A respirator might, but it's not my understanding that a mask makes any difference.


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I have never kept disposable gloves on board, with the exception of a couple of sterile pairs in the first aid kit. I guess I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty!
I'm guessing you don't do any fiberglass work. Particularly with epoxy.

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Does a standard N95 mask do anything to protect the wearer from this contagion? A respirator might, but it's not my understanding that a mask makes any difference.
Only in the sense of being in direct contact around a sick person, where a N95 will stop liquid particle transmission from coughs, etc. Wearing one in general otherwise isn't effective.

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I'm guessing you don't do any fiberglass work. Particularly with epoxy.



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I don't keep fiberglass supplies on my boat, those things live in my garage. I rarely need them, particularly with my new boat.

Regarding masks

According to health authorities N95 masks give people a false sense of security. Most people don't know how to fit them properly so they leak. My wife, a medical professional, has to get fit tested regularly.

The most common way this virus is transmitted is from touching infected surfaces, and then touching your face. It is not typically airborne unless somebody nearby that is infected coughs or sneezes.

A mask can prevent you from touching your face, so there's that, but on the other hand, people who arent used to wearing one tend to fiddle with them, and will likely touch their faces when they do.

Masks are best worn by people who are already sick because it will keep their infected fluids contained if they cough or sneeze. Even then, a regular surgical mask is fine. It doesnt have to be N95.

Gloves also give people a false sense of security. People still touch their faces. They often infect themselves when taking the gloves off, and the gloves themselves actually pick up and transfer the virus better than skin.

WHO recommends frequent hand washing and hand sanitizer as the best way to protect yourself. (And social distancing of course!)

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Imaginations and work already in action for another outbreak/contagion film
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Single use gloves are a staple on Haleakula . It has nothing to do with being afraid of getting my hands dirty, but why do it if it’s not necessary.😁

Other great uses are fiberglass work, when we pump out, when using any chemicals like oxalic acid in some of our cleaners. I often use gloves when preparing foods. It’s just easier .
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Re: Nitrile or Vinyl Gloves, let's repurpose

Hi,
I work at a Research Institute and YES, we are in direct contact with local Hospitals to provide them our extra stocks of gloves (Nitrile and Vinyl) and other protective equipment (mask and glasses). YES, they NEED them. I'm not saying if you have an open box of nitrile gloves in your boat go ahead and run with it to the closest hospital. But if you have or know someone or some business (which doesn't going need them for the next weeks) with a significant number of PPE, please contact your local authorities/hospital. All the research labs/Universities are doing so. Thank you
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