Face Masks and Situational Awareness

Running to the store feels a lot different now than it did only six weeks ago. People keep their distance (if you’re lucky), the shelves are bare in areas that they were never bare in before, and a lot of people are wearing face masks.

One of our local grocery stores was robbed this weekend by a guy wearing – you guessed it – a face mask and glasses.

How does the recent prevalence of face masks change your situational awareness?

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It’s very different, I don’t have a face mask, it wouldn’t do me much good anyway because of my beard. I’ve found that a bandanna works pretty good, I wash it often with soap and leave a good amount of soap on it, they say that plain old soap kills it better than anything else so my idea is to leave it soapy. But I see everyone wearing face masks, a lot of stores don’t even want you to wear your hoodie when going into the stores in the past.

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A friend of mine sent me a different video for a sewn face mask. I’ll be breaking out the sewing machine soon - it needs a good dusting anyway. :grin:

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IMO… and I’m not a doctor… If I were using non-disposable face masks, I would make a few of them (maybe 7 per person), and at the end of every day (or even everytime I took it off) throw it in the laundry bin to be washed. Maybe even using white so I could toss it in with other whites to bleach.

The CDC shows the US Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, illustrating a simple face mask from a T-shirt and some rubber bands (I think another forum member posted it, too). The worry for me, is that if you take the improvised face masks and touch it, accidentally put it on the wrong way, or place it on things that you don’t disinfect, that there is still a risk of contamination and infection… particularly if you reuse the same one without washing (hence having multiple ones that are put in a laundry bag or similar).

Getting back to your “situational awareness” question, I would think that the same body language and “red flags” that signal intent would be similar whether someone was covering their mouth and nose or not.

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This the privilege to live in suburbs… Everybody wears face masks and nobody feels fear.
My biggest concern now is travelling to Chicago, I’m trying to avoid it by all means.
I’m just scared being there. Hard to explain in details, I don’t want to be accused for intolerance… :shushing_face:

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Sunday, I went to the store for the first time since IL went under lock down. There were quite a few people wearing masks, but everyone was polite and doing the 6ft rule. If bad guys start taking advantage of the mask situation the store needs to either welcome CC or hire security. My local store is not posted and I know I am not the only one in there doing CC, there are a bunch of Wal-Mart refugees like me who didn’t care for the way Wal-Mart stopped selling hand-gun ammo and switched stores.

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Well, I have masks, I even have an N-45, I gave it to my daughter, as she works in the hospital. But right now I am just using Balaclavas and wrap around glasses. I carry everywhere. I’ve only been out a couple of times, literally 2 times. 1 range trip, and 1 Errand. I have let the places I go to know I am coming and that I have a mask.

Other than that I walk my dogs late at night when no one is around. The touch up training on my Husky is coming along real well. Still have mask and glasses just in case

I can’t imagine the stress level of seeing masked people coming into your place of business.

I know nothing has been said about Covid 19 being transmitted ocularly yet. But if I remember my respiratory training, the mucous membranes in the eyes can catch an aerosolized virus, so I am wearing wraparound glasses and gloves.

I am staying so high in red right now and I am carrying heavier than I ever have before, when I am out. I do alot of dry firing and speed draws at home , SA at home is even orange at home. My wife or I is up at all times now I usually stay up all night, then when she gets up, I go to bed a few hours. If someone comes to door she comes and gets me.

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I don’t wear the USCCA hat except to range.

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Well that just made me rethink my awareness strategy.
My first thought was watch the eyes, then hands and body movements. However, if we all look this way at the market I actually don’t think anyone will mess with anybody.
If I venture out, it will be hands and body language.

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There are a few good sewing patterns for masks out there. If you are sewing your own and have a fear of putting it on taking it off and then putting the other side on try making it with two different cloth patterns one for the inside and one for the outside. Simple solution.

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Today was my first day after long, long quarantine when I have to drive to my Customer.
I used a mask made from handkerchief and 2 small elastic bands. It created 4 layers of cotton. Worked great. There was no confusion which side face your mouth (only one side can fit).
Once I was done with work, I dumped it in soapy water, washed and dried. Ready for next time. :muscle:

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I have not worn a face mask as of yet, i probably would if i was feeling not myself or sneezing more than usual, but as of yet I have not. I have noticed a considerable amount of people doing so, and that is their right, although my allergist has told me that it will not really do much by wearing one.

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CA laws prohibit wearing any sort of face mask while CCW… Hmmm.

25300.

(a) A person commits criminal possession of a firearm when the person carries a firearm in a public place or on any public street while masked so as to hide the person’s identity.

… “so as to hide” … Doesn’t say anything about “with the intent to hide”…

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Sorry for California, leave the gun, take the cannoli!
Personally, I’m taking both.
Extraordinary times and all that…

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I wore a mask the other day. Nothing different, just put my mask on and had my gun concealed. Nothing was different. My mask is just a disposable paint mask. I don’t look suspicious, if anything I just look silly :joy:, but it is the norm under the current circumstances.

Silly, mostly because of all the bumping into stuff due to fogged up glasses.

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No kidding, I’ve had that same issue :sweat_smile:

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