[Unobtainable Deal] Priceline - Free N95 Facemask

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In light of the coronavirus spreading across the world, Priceline pharmacy has started giving away free N95 rated face masks.

Please don't be greedy and only take what you need.

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  • +27 votes

    wow good on them!

  • +5 votes

    At all stores?

    • +7 votes

      I have not heard anything about this. Either a fake or applies only to certain Priceline stores.

      As it is we're scrambling to get stock of any P2 or n95 masks.

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    Surgical mask sold out at Chemist warehouse.

  • +7 votes

    Great but this won't prevent the transmission of a virus…

    • +13 votes

      It will help if the person wearing it is the sick one

    • +7 votes

      >
      https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/corona...
      Do face masks protect against the virus? Which face masks?

      P2 masks are likely to provide some protection against the virus, but these must be fitted and worn properly.

      P2 masks are not recommended for this purpose outside the health care setting. People who think that they might be infected with novel coronavirus should wear a surgical mask (or P2 mask) in order to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to anyone else.

      • -1 vote

        Except if you understand the mode of transmission for this virus (or any other for that matter), P2 masks don't protect you against the mask unless it so happens that the infected person coughs/sneezes directly towards where you are wearing your mask. That said, if you are infected, it is highly recommended that you wear one to avoid transmitting the virus to others.

        As far as I've read, this is a vector-borne virus, meaning it is transmitted via droplets (i.e saliva).

    • +5 votes

      https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/news-and-events/HealthA...
      Place a surgical mask on the patient;
      Apply droplet and contact precautions (single-use face mask, eye protection, gown and gloves). If available, Airborne Precautions can be applied as well by wearing a P2 respirator (N95 mask) instead of a single use face mask during any assessment.

    • -10 votes

      OK whatever

      • +6 votes

        I think people need to know that the mask is not a fool proof way of protecting yourself and that there are several layers of protection that need to be applied (hygiene practices, staying away from crowds etc etc). Also these masks have a lifespan. Someone doesn't have to be an expert to highlight the short comings of something… Also you got your information from a government website… But so the people above just didn't make stuff up but posted the above information from government websites… You also did the same… So their links are stupid but yours is not?
        Mind you I'm not expert… So what do I know.

        • +2 votes

          Too bad the corporates never want to educate the mass because that is their years of revenue

    • +7 votes

      The model in the picture is 8110s, while it is good on them to give these N95 face mask for free, it is not the best model to give you protection for the novel coronavirus.
      3M face mask model 1860, 1860s, 1870+, 1804 and 1804s are better professional models for heath care purpose.

      https://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/769925O/3m-disposable-re...

      The 1860, 1860S, 1804, 1804S and 1870+ healthcare respirators are designed
      to help provide respiratory protection for the wearer by reducing exposure to
      harmful airborne particles which are small enough to be inhaled – typically
      particles less than 100 microns in size. These include airborne particles
      that may contain biological material e.g. Bacillus anthracis, Mycobacterium
      tuberculosis, mould and the virus that causes Severe Acute Respiratory
      Syndrome (SARS)
      , and Influenza.

      Features and Benefits
      • NIOSH approved N95
      • Meets CDC guidelines for Mycobacterium tuberculosis exposure control
      • 3M™ Advanced Electrostatic Media (AEM) - Highly charged microfibers enhance
      the capture of airborne particles while allowing you to breathe easier
      • TGA approved. FDA cleared for use as a surgical mask
      BFE (Bacterial Filtration Efficiency) > 99% and PFE (Particle Filtration Efficiency) >
      95% (at 0.3μm particle size) according to ASTM F2101
      Fluid resistant according to ASTM F1862

      N95 is more focus on filtering small particles (PFE > 95%) and have no mention of virus/Bacterial (BFE), and it is not Fluid resistant.

      If you are to buy N95/P2 face masks, check if it has PFE and fluid resistant features.
      e.g. Particulate Respirator Mask, Fluid Resistant

  • +4 votes

    Which store?

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    Good on them.

  • +2 votes

    Awesome. Prevention is better than cure.

  • +5 votes

    Please don't be greedy and only take what you need

    A salient point, but I fear it won't be heeded.

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    I have the p2 mask, and I’ll be flying to Hong Kong in a couple of weeks. Will they work or I really need tot get the n95 mask?

    • +6 votes

      It is the same.

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      If you're travelling with Singapore Airlines, cancellation and change fees are waived if booking was made before 24/01/2020.

      • +5 votes

        Hong Kong is not part of Mainland China, the policy doesn't apply.

        • +2 votes

          Depends on who you ask. According to China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan all come under "China". They even forced airlines and hotels to comply with this a couple years back, including our flag carrier Qantas.

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      Unless you're visiting high risk locations such as hospital
      3 ply surgical mask would be fine
      just make sure you put it on your face correctly (no gaps etc.)

    • +3 votes

      P2 = n95 = blocks 95% of p0.3 particulates. 5% will get through even with proper fitting. P2 won't prevent bacterial and viral spore penetration because of that 5%

      P3 = n99 = blocks 99.97% of p0.3 particulates, so a much stronger barrier. They're not specifically designed to help against bacteria and virus penetration but some spores will be blocked, so they may have the desired effect.

      Some masks such as the Cambridge mask co add a lining made out of silver particles which can kill single celled organisms and supposedly prevent viral infection.

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        the n95, n99 and n100 masks have the exact same filtration construction.

        the different numbers are how well they fit to your face.
        if u put an n95 mask on your face how it is supposed to be and even tie it on tighter. then is basically as good as a n99 mask.

        its just that most people dont know the basics of putting these masks on.

        • +2 votes

          the n95, n99 and n100 masks have the exact same filtration construction

          What's this nonsense… Someone even posted the specs that differentiates n95 from n99 and this BS still spouts up.

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      rest in peace

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    are these fake masks? I bought some p2 which is supposed to be the same as n95, but these don’t seem to have the holes in the middle?

  • +10 votes

    I wonder if these will be brodened and sent over seas for $$

  • +2 votes

    Great gesture from Priceline. Funny, if it were say Telstra giving them away, comments would be a little more skeptical 😉

  • +8 votes

    Step 2, invest in 3M

  • +1 vote

    Entered when I saw “Free”.
    Goodbye now

  • +21 votes

    Just ban Chinese flights from entering the country

  • -1 vote

    Just be sure to put your mask back in the container on the way out so someone will else can be protected.

  • +3 votes

    Wouldn't be surprised if stocks are already out in some places tbh.

    Great incentive, but should've been kept behind the counter or something.

    • +1 vote

      Yeah I thought that too but it's probably done so people needing one avoid infecting people and staff during any interaction. I imagine that these will be given out at the GP also.

      • +1 vote

        Yeah that's true, I didn't think of that. Although if one was needing to avoid infecting people I sure hope they're only touching their mask…

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    Oh well its time to use my diving gear then, a bit heavy but i have my own air. btw n95 or p2 can filter up to 0.3 micron however sars and probably this one will be 0.1 micron

  • +4 votes

    "Please don't be greedy, and only take what you need."

    And … welcome to OzBargain. Posting this here is pretty much the same as just burning them.

  • +1 vote

    These are $7 at Priceline Box hill (Vic)

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    The Government should be doing more to protect our borders.

    They claim the virus takes two weeks before it has an impact. The problem is that airports and ships entering Australia are not thermoscanning passengers so some will inevitably get through because they will have had the virus. Also some people may be impacted in less than two weeks.

    On the immigration card they should also ask whether people have been in an affected zone so that they can be checked but this is not being done. Funnily enough they are still asking whether you have been in South Africa or on a farm. Other countries have already introduced thermo scanning of passengers. The big risk which is happening as we speak is that some are getting through. With Chinese new year being a two week celebration then people will be going all over the place and spreading the virus. Remember there is no cure for this.

    Around Asia people have already taken precautions by wearing masks everywhere. However it needs to go beyond masks - gloves are probably more important because they touch surfaces exposed to the virus. See https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/01/25/wuhan-coronavirus-safet...

    Like the bushfires this Government just fails to take appropriate action.

    • +2 votes

      i don't think that's the case. most countries abide by the WHO protocol. Australia is not alone letting passengers in and won't closing borders. i think WHO knows what they're doing in terms of Virus handling.

      • +3 votes

        Are they getting all the facts though from China? or just the ones China wants to actually say.

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          According to CNN and BBC the experts they interview all said China has been transparent and prompt in this case. Australian Labs have already received samples of the strain from China and are working on a cure for a few weeks now (saw this on TheAge).

      • -2 votes

        Countries around Asia have gone beyond WHO guidelines. That’s not the be all and end all. How many people need to die or be hospitalized before it becomes a bigger issue. A friend in Macau had advised me of this in November that Wuhan was battling this problem and that he had trouble getting masks in Macau.

        The bushfires the Government knew about since March 2018 and chose to sit back and do very little. It’s no wonder there are lots of angry people in the country towns who won’t talk to Scomo.

        If the Australian Government introduces tougher monitoring and quarantine I don’t see most people disagreeing with that. If it only saves one life by restricting a few thousand or more and it happens to be your life then I’m sure you would agree with tougher monitoring and quarantine. Remember at the moment there is no cure. How would you feel if you were the one in hospital and had to go through the pain that someone else is going through with the risk of death? This is an opportunity to take a step ahead of the problem and the Government just sits back and waits. The guidelines by the WHO are just that and are a minimum. Given our close proximity to China and Asia and the population of Asians and Chinese we have here it is important that we are more vigilant than rely just on WHO advice which is not necessarily specific to Australia.

        Just my thoughts. Not saying it’s 100% right but I think it’s time for the Government to do more. An ounce of prevention is much better than a gallon of cures.

    • +1 vote

      They claim the virus takes two weeks before it has an impact.

      Do you mean the incubation period is 7-14 days? This means that people are asymptomatic during this period and thermo-scanning won't stop every infected person. Of most worry are super spreaders who are infectious but have no outward signs.

      The big risk which is happening as we speak is that some are getting through.

      Four cases confirmed. One person arrived on January 6.

      Government just fails to take appropriate action.

      According to Health Direct - Cold and Flu statistics influenza causes an average of 13,500 hospitalisations and more than 3,000 deaths among Australians aged over 50 years, which suggests more than double the number of deaths from motor vehicle accidents. New influenza strains travel around the world. Southern Hemisphere vaccines are based on what strains were most common during the North Hemisphere winter.

  • +3 votes

    Not gonna end well when this appears on Ozbargain..

  • +5 votes

    Didn't see any in two Priceline in Hurstville

    • +3 votes

      TBH, today was as the quietest day I've see at Westfields Hurstville. Think the paranoia is setting in. Thats all my family were talking about during CNY.

      Chemist and surrounding suburbs have been cleared of "medical" masks. I went to my local hardware store to get 2 boxes and gave some to family and friends to stop them panicking..

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    Govt should give us p2 masks for free

  • +3 votes

    And the Chinese are gonna go loot those as well…

    • +1 vote

      you bet, can't blame them though, even if you want to pay extortionate price over there, its likely out of stock, really its formula all over again, and SASS! China just can't catch a break, on the other hand, mask manufacturers are having a good time, last year's HK and now, to them it's holiday season, I won't be surprised if some Chinese mask factory owners use this money to buy Aussie visa, what a time!

      • +2 votes

        Hong Kong freedom fighters will be able to carry masks without fear of jail ;-).

        Communist party will have a good opportunity to tweak their face recognition software.

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    so is there confirmed case here in ozzy?

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    The virus has currently a 3% death rate and it is not going to survive in environment above 40 degrees. It’s great to take precaution but don’t panic.

    • +1 vote

      Where did you get this information from?

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        All the medical experts on the virus are saying it is not as violent as the previous viruses. SARS had a death rate of 10%. Saw it on an article from ABC News and a video from BBC News.

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      thats info the chinese government gives out. they also said about 2000 people effected
      but hospital workers in wuhan and other officials have said its over 90,000 effected.

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        2700 people infected sounds about right for the 80 deaths.
        https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/jan/27/coronavir...

        90000 people infected would mean 2700 deaths which would be a good time to panic.

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        90000 infected means chinese goverment send troops to entirely isolate wuhan rather than let local goverment do the isolation.

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          they shutdown 13 cities and over 50million people already. u dont send more people in, what would troops do but get infected?.

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            @ego22: shutdown cities doesnt mean martial law, so if there are already 90000 infected. No way chinese goverment would not establish martial law, this disease is exponential growth, 90000 infected means it would only takes few weeks to get every people in china be infected.

  • +1 vote

    I would argue that this isn't really a bargain and more of a PSA.

    I wouldn't grab one unless I really felt I was at risk of infecting others. When it's out in a self serve bin like that I feel it's more of a risk. Akin to smorgasbords and self serve bakery buns at the supermarkets.

    Government should give masks at arrivals to passengers of flights they are concerned about.

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    Correct me if I'm wrong but don't N95 masks need to be fitted properly in order to actually work?

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