Coronavirus: “I dry them in the sun”, “I bite them at work” … How they manage their supply of masks

For a year and a half, whether we put up with it or not, it has followed us everywhere: the mask has become the essential accessory of our daily life in the face of the coronavirus . It is therefore necessary to always have some under the elbow and to organize oneself to provide oneself, especially with the progression of the variant Omicron .

Disposable, homemade, bought in quantity for cheap or snatched at work… The readers of 10 Minutes tell us how they manage their supply.

“I put it in the sun for several days”

Are you like Marine, who does not “support fabric masks”? Or like Sacha, whose same fabric masks have worn out because “the rubber bands have relaxed in the end”? If you prefer surgical masks – and therefore disposable – you may have opted, like many of our readers, for the washing machine option. A study published in the magazine Chemosphere in October indicated: surgical masks can hold ten washes without losing their filtration and breathability quality . Gwen thus began to “wash disposable masks in the machine and dry them in the dryer once before throwing them away”. Same thing for Christelle, who “washes them in the machine about twice”, or Alexandra, who washes them “3 to 4 times before throwing them away.”

Always among the amateurs of disposable masks, there are those who do not machine them. This is the case with Annie, who “reuses them after having put them in the sun for several hours or days”. A method similar to that of Thierry, who “suspends them to air them for ten days”. But some don’t bother. “I keep the masks that are lying around in my pockets or my bag for a long time and I wear them several times before throwing them away,” says Christine. Matthieu goes even further: “I have been using the same one for 6 months”. Conversely, some throw them away with each use. Isabelle takes “a new one each time”, and Justine “changes them all day and every day.”

“At my place, that fabric masks ”

But the fabric mask also has its defenders, because it does not require permanent restocking. Chloe has been wearing them “since the start of the pandemic”, when Janine swears by him: “At home, only fabric masks, homemade or not”. At Marie-Laure, on the other hand, “only homemade masks! ”

And for Annabelle, aesthetics matter: they allow” to match our outfits “. “We put it on when we go to a restaurant,” says Magali for her part. To help out, Cécile decided to “always keep one in the bag.”

“My company provides a free box of 39 masks ”

Surgical, fabric, employers must provide their employees with masks in the office. A way like any other to get supplies. Lucas thus has “two free masks a day” and “never buys any”, just like Daisy, whose company “provides him with a free box of 50 masks ”. That of Fabien has opted for the distribution of masks per week, “so as to be able to use two each day and wash them on weekends for the following week ”. And then there are those who go a little further than the planned distribution: “La pilardeuse”, as she calls herself, admits like Laetitia “stealing the masks at work”.

And on the purchasing side? Sophie and Justine say they get their supplies “in the pharmacy”. Fabienne, she buys her disposable masks “in supermarkets”, just like Annie, who goes to those “at 1, 50 euro the 39 ”. masks “made in France” are also popular. Sébastien thus prefers “to buy French”, and Marie gets fabric masks “for 2, 39 euros l ‘unit, made in Rhône-Alpes’. Finally, there is the “Internet team”. Elodie buys those “who come from China, 5 euros 39, on AliExpress”. Francis prefers the FFP2 masks he finds online, as does Murielle and those found “on Amazon”. So many techniques, prices and supplies to fight, in the end, the same enemy.