Re: Bee-L member requesting Beekeepers donate their extra N95 Masks - DON'T DO IT!!!!
I agree that industrial users of N95 masks should look through their inventory and donate any masks they find to a local hospital. Our chances of being exposed are miniscule compared to that of our nation's healthcare workers. And we can use just about any dust mask, it does not need to be an N95. I seriously doubt that many beekeepers are using this particular mask as it is not recommended for OAV. If you are comfortable using one for your treatments, then any cartridge style respirator will provide the same or greater level of protection. Do the right thing and donate your masks. The wives, daughters, and sons of many in our beekeeping community will thank you.
Forgot that some of our members ARE nurses. They will thank you too!
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.