By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

February 23, 2020

When I was in elementary school our clothesline always had my mom’s surgical masks hanging from it. In those days, nurses made their own masks and were responsible for washing them (uniforms too). My mom washed and reused her surgical masks for several months before sewing new ones.

Today there are disposable masks, but what most people don’t realize is that they can be reused by soaking them in alcohol or boiling* them in many cases. Just because something is labeled disposable doesn’t mean that it has to be so. “Disposable” is often used as a synonym for “convenient.” If you’re short on surgical masks, consider reusing them.

*Boiling will work for most pathogens including the coronavirus, but it may be not be ideal for norovirus situations where the virus is relatively heat resistant.

マスクの再利用

小学生の頃、我が家の洗濯物用の干し線から母のマスクがいつも吊るされていた。当時の看護婦は皆、自分でマスクを作り、洗濯したりしていた(白衣の洗濯も同様だった)。

現在のマスクは使い捨てになているが、それらをアルコールに浸かったり、場合によってボイル*したりすると再利用できることが余り知られていない。物には『使い捨て』の表示があるだけでは、それは必ずしもそうであるとは考えてはいけない。『使い捨て』はよく『便利』ということを現すために使われる。マスクの枚数が足りなくなっているなら、消毒+再利用の手もある。

*熱湯消毒は大抵の病原菌に効果あるが、ノロウィルスは熱に強いためにかなり長時間が必要なのでその病原体に対して漂白剤の方がいい。

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English novels by Billy Hammond published by AELS

(AELS出版英語書籍リスト)

 

I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers

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