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Halcyon Shades develops shades that can help reduce energy costs.

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St. Louis, Missouri, 63101,

United States

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What to do — and not to do — to wear a face mask properly

Apr 10, 2020

Clint Nevils assembles a face shield at Halcyon Shades in University City on Tuesday, April 8, 2020. Halcyon Shades, a custom commercial shades and blinds manufacturer, has started to produce face shields to protect against the spread of the coronavirus. They are currently producing about 2,000 shields a day and hope to ramp production to 10,000 shields a day by hiring more workers. Photo by David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com David Carson Bad news: You may not be wearing it correctly. The shift is necessary, experts say, because more has been learned about the disease, including evidence that up to 50% of people with the virus do not show symptoms, and because rates of infection have surged to new thresholds that demand greater action. “It’s gotten to the point where we need to throw everything at it if we want to get back to normal,” said Tim Wiemken, a professor and infectious disease expert at St. Louis University. Medical-grade surgical masks or N-95 respirators should be reserved for health care workers — who face dangerous supply crunches for protective gear. The rest of us should use basic cloth masks anytime we go out in public, and especially in places where it's hard to keep 6 feet apart. Your mask is not meant to keep you safe. Because you may not know you have COVID-19, it instead protects everyone around you by catching respiratory droplets that can transmit the disease. “They’re really meant to protect others,” said Dr. Sharon Frey, a professor at St. Louis University’s Division of Infectious Diseases, Allergy and Immunology. “That’s why you’re wearing it.” But experts say the act, while seemingly straight-forward, comes with pitfalls and misconceptions. Wearing it right Masks should be snug, but not tight to the point of discomfort — after all, the experience needs to be tolerable. With a good mask, you might even forget you're wearing one, Frey said. Just be careful to avoid loose openings. "It needs to be snug enough that the sides of the mask are not bulging wide open," Frey explained. She says to make sure the mask goes over the nose and under the chin. It may seem obvious, but individuals need to cover both their mouth and nostrils. Frey says it’s common to see people only covering their mouths, but if they don’t also cover their nose, then wearing the mask is "just a waste of time." If you have a beard that makes it tough for normal-sized masks to fit, get a bigger mask that can corral facial hair and provide sufficient face coverage. Frey notes another key rule: "Don't compromise your breathing." So be careful about putting masks on anyone who might have difficulty breathing or trouble taking them off themselves — including small children or incapacitated people. Don't touch it Take extra care to avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes while putting the mask on or removing it. Ideally, use only the ties or elastic ear loops while taking them off and on. Wash your hands immediately before and after handling your mask. "Never touch the front of the mask," Wiemken explains. "I see a lot of people right now pulling the mask on and off from the front. All they do is contaminate their hands; then if they touch their eyes or eat or anything, they may infect themselves." Keep it clean Masks should be washed regularly, with the frequency depending on how often they are used. Frey said that may not be needed after every single time it is worn. "When I wear my mask, I don’t worry that every time I wear it, it’s been contaminated," said Frey, adding that machine washing is just fine. "But the problem is, I don’t know." She also says to store masks in a place where they won’t get touched or disturbed — and inadvertently contaminated. Making your own "These face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing," the agency says. Frey agreed: Using masks does not mean you should relax other precautions. She called it a "smaller" protection. "It is not," she continued, "100%."

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Halcyon Shades Patents

Halcyon Shades has filed 1 patent.

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5/19/2016

3/23/2021

Packet (sea transport), Metalworking, Metal forming, Named alloys, Aerospace materials

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5/19/2016

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3/23/2021

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Packet (sea transport), Metalworking, Metal forming, Named alloys, Aerospace materials

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