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TexasTowelie

(113,542 posts)
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 07:37 PM Sep 2020

Poll: How many of you are hanging your face masks on your rearview mirrors?

While COVID-19 should not be taken lightly, there are also serious repercussions in auto accidents. Hanging a facemask on the rearview mirror obstructs the driver's vision and could lead to an accident.


30 votes, 1 pass | Time left: Unlimited
I hang my facemask on the rearview mirror most or all of the time.
4 (13%)
I hang my facemask on the rearview mirror sometimes.
0 (0%)
I hang my facemask on the rearview mirror rarely or never at all.
20 (67%)
I use public transporation so I don't have anywhere to hang my facemask.
0 (0%)
I ride my bike or walk so I don't have anywhere to hang my facemask.
0 (0%)
I don't wear a facemask anywhere.
0 (0%)
Other (please elaborate).
6 (20%)
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Poll: How many of you are hanging your face masks on your rearview mirrors? (Original Post) TexasTowelie Sep 2020 OP
I hang it on the direction indicator lever. nt LAS14 Sep 2020 #1
If I hang it anywhere in my car NewJeffCT Sep 2020 #33
I voted Other. On the passenger seat, of course! CTyankee Sep 2020 #2
A good choice as long as you don't have any passengers. TexasTowelie Sep 2020 #9
Then they gotta hold it! CTyankee Sep 2020 #12
Great now I can't vote Midnightwalk Sep 2020 #11
Shift lever.... spanone Sep 2020 #3
I wear my facemask when I drive... orwell Sep 2020 #4
My work N95 I keep in a paper bag and wear it for a total of 8 hours my person procedure mask mucifer Sep 2020 #5
Never even thought to do that. jimfields33 Sep 2020 #6
Same here, I keep mine in my purse marlakay Sep 2020 #31
Honestly I think your doing good. jimfields33 Sep 2020 #41
On the passenger seat while driving, on the mirror when I pull into driveway. MerryBlooms Sep 2020 #7
On the turn signal lever... n/t Still Sensible Sep 2020 #8
My husband hangs his on his rearview mirror when he parks at home csziggy Sep 2020 #10
Well, it looks like I'm going to get some unusual stories with this thread. TexasTowelie Sep 2020 #18
The UV from the sunlight does sanitize it down here I the summer and the heat probably does also. LiberalArkie Sep 2020 #22
Windshields block 98%+ of all forms of UV light. Codeine Sep 2020 #27
That should be fine then.. I only need one of the backups about 1 time a month. LiberalArkie Sep 2020 #29
Also, the UVC is almost entirely filtered out by the atmosphere (ozone). sl8 Sep 2020 #39
UVc is the germicide. Codeine Sep 2020 #40
I had always thought that all UVC was dangerous to humans, until a couple of months ago. sl8 Sep 2020 #42
I use the gear shift in my Prius. jalan48 Sep 2020 #13
I keep mine in the console between the two front seats. Karadeniz Sep 2020 #14
My face mask hangs around my neck in the car. I sew my own face masks with a color coordinated ARPad95 Sep 2020 #15
Mine is in my purse or Bettie Sep 2020 #16
I started out hanging mine on the rear view mirror until one of my brothers Blue_true Sep 2020 #17
I hang it on my right ear. madaboutharry Sep 2020 #19
I do that a lot. Codeine Sep 2020 #23
"I ride my bike or walk so I don't have anywhere to hang my facemask." NT mahatmakanejeeves Sep 2020 #20
Dang it, TexasTowelie Sep 2020 #30
I have about 5 strung on my gearshift. dawg day Sep 2020 #21
What else are all those cup holders for? Klaralven Sep 2020 #24
Hanging things from the mirror is super-irresponsible Codeine Sep 2020 #25
In a hook in the kitchen. qwlauren35 Sep 2020 #26
I don't hang anything on my rearview mirror, unless my car is parked. GoCubsGo Sep 2020 #28
I hang my face masks from my car radio knob. marybourg Sep 2020 #32
Why would anyone obstruct their view of the road? Generic Brad Sep 2020 #34
Never on mirror SheltieLover Sep 2020 #35
Oh dear. cwydro Sep 2020 #36
I pull mine down around my neck stillcool Sep 2020 #37
Gear shift or passenger seat. sheshe2 Sep 2020 #38

Midnightwalk

(3,131 posts)
11. Great now I can't vote
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 07:45 PM
Sep 2020

because I had the same Other reason. Oh well.



In my wife's car it's in the center box.

orwell

(7,789 posts)
4. I wear my facemask when I drive...
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 07:42 PM
Sep 2020

...along with rubber gloves. I live in a rural area and I do it to piss off the Drumpers. Besides, since I am always wearing the face mask when I am out, it doesn't bother me as much because I forget I have it on. It has become a security blanket.

mucifer

(23,724 posts)
5. My work N95 I keep in a paper bag and wear it for a total of 8 hours my person procedure mask
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 07:42 PM
Sep 2020

I try to keep in a paper bag and I do reuse those for a bit too.

We are lucky we now have enough N 95 and we can get them sanitized.

jimfields33

(16,654 posts)
6. Never even thought to do that.
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 07:42 PM
Sep 2020

I put mine on the passenger seat so I don’t forget it. Although I do have to go back for it once in awhile if I’m getting out of the car and start walking towards the store. I see a person wearing a mask coming out of the store. I then turn around to go back and get mine. Its rare but it happens from time to time.

marlakay

(11,615 posts)
31. Same here, I keep mine in my purse
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 08:17 PM
Sep 2020

And my hubby in his cargo shorts pocket. If we are walking I keep in my shorts pocket also in case people come by.

Then either wash hands when I get home, use sanitizer wipe or sanitizer gel.

I have a bunch of different masks homemade I bought from neighbors and I put in the net for delicates in the wash weekly.

But now I am wondering if my method could spread germs.

jimfields33

(16,654 posts)
41. Honestly I think your doing good.
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 11:59 PM
Sep 2020

I don’t think there is a hundred percent perfect way to navigate through this. But I think your process is great!

csziggy

(34,147 posts)
10. My husband hangs his on his rearview mirror when he parks at home
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 07:44 PM
Sep 2020

That wasy he always has a face mask with him. He figures the light and heat coming through the windshield sanitizes it.

But that has unfortunate consequences. The other day we dropped our truck off at the mechanic. He, as usual, hung his face mask when he parked it, as his habit.When we got to our one stop on the way home, he didn't have a mask. I lent him mine since he needed to use the rest room, then he bought a disposable and wore it when we both went into the cafe.

Now he puts a face mask with his wallet - which is not foolproof since he forgot his wallet the other day.

TexasTowelie

(113,542 posts)
18. Well, it looks like I'm going to get some unusual stories with this thread.
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 07:53 PM
Sep 2020

May I also make a suggestion?

To make sure that your husband doesn't leave home without his wallet you should grab him by the butt before departing. Mr. Ziggy might appreciate it.

LiberalArkie

(15,764 posts)
22. The UV from the sunlight does sanitize it down here I the summer and the heat probably does also.
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 07:59 PM
Sep 2020

I keep a couple hanging on the mirror in case I forget my main one that I spray with 90% rubbing alcohol when I get back home.

 

Codeine

(25,586 posts)
27. Windshields block 98%+ of all forms of UV light.
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 08:06 PM
Sep 2020

The side windows block much less as they aren’t laminated in the same fashion. You’re better off hanging them from the coathook if you want them sanitized. Better to just wash them.

sl8

(14,604 posts)
39. Also, the UVC is almost entirely filtered out by the atmosphere (ozone).
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 09:14 PM
Sep 2020

I know that UVC is used as a germicide, but I don't know how effective UVA & UVB are. I'd think that Ionger wavelengths would tend to be less effective, but maybe not in this particular case.

sl8

(14,604 posts)
42. I had always thought that all UVC was dangerous to humans, until a couple of months ago.
Fri Sep 4, 2020, 12:23 AM
Sep 2020

A couple of months ago there was a flurry of articles about using certain wavelengths of far UVC for sanitizing, saying that those particular wavelengths were safe. If you google"far UVC safe", you'll see what I mean. They may have all been based on the same study, I'm not sure.

Here's an excerpt from a recent study:
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-67211-2

[...]
Ultraviolet (UV) light exposure is a direct antimicrobial approach4 and its effectiveness against different strains of airborne viruses has long been established5. The most commonly employed type of UV light for germicidal applications is a low pressure mercury-vapor arc lamp, emitting around 254?nm; more recently xenon lamp technology has been used, which emits broad UV spectrum6. However, while these lamps can be used to disinfect unoccupied spaces, direct exposure to conventional germicidal UV lamps in occupied public spaces is not possible since direct exposure to these germicidal lamp wavelengths can be a health hazard, both to the skin and eye7,8,9,10.

By contrast far-UVC light (207 to 222?nm) has been shown to be as efficient as conventional germicidal UV light in killing microorganisms11, but studies to date12,13,14,15 suggest that these wavelengths do not cause the human health issues associated with direct exposure to conventional germicidal UV light. In short (see below) the reason is that far-UVC light has a range in biological materials of less than a few micrometers, and thus it cannot reach living human cells in the skin or eyes, being absorbed in the skin stratum corneum or the ocular tear layer. But because viruses (and bacteria) are extremely small, far-UVC light can still penetrate and kill them. Thus far-UVC light potentially has about the same highly effective germicidal properties of UV light, but without the associated human health risks12,13,14,15. Several groups have thus proposed that far-UVC light (207 or 222?nm), which can be generated using inexpensive excimer lamps, is a potential safe and efficient anti-microbial technology12,13,14,15,16,17,18 which can be deployed in occupied public locations.

[...]

ARPad95

(1,671 posts)
15. My face mask hangs around my neck in the car. I sew my own face masks with a color coordinated
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 07:46 PM
Sep 2020

elastic band that goes above the tops of my ears and around the back of my head when I'm wearing it. When I don't need to have it on my face, I just pull it down like it's a necklace. Very comfy and never have to put it down when I'm out and about.

Bettie

(16,231 posts)
16. Mine is in my purse or
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 07:48 PM
Sep 2020

on my face. If I'm in between locations (not very common, I don't go anywhere anymore), it hangs around my neck, since I prefer a mask that ties behind my head.

Blue_true

(31,261 posts)
17. I started out hanging mine on the rear view mirror until one of my brothers
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 07:49 PM
Sep 2020

told me that I could get a ticket. Now I leave the emergency mask on the dash. The mask in my car is used only if I forget to bring one from inside my house (only happened once when I was in a big hurry).

 

Codeine

(25,586 posts)
23. I do that a lot.
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 08:01 PM
Sep 2020

Keeps me from having to turn around and get it after I’m halfway across the parking lot.

dawg day

(7,947 posts)
21. I have about 5 strung on my gearshift.
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 07:55 PM
Sep 2020

I've taken to wearing a disposable one inside a cloth one, so I always have a couple right to hand.

qwlauren35

(6,162 posts)
26. In a hook in the kitchen.
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 08:04 PM
Sep 2020

My mask is on when I leave the house as I get into my car and doesn't come off until I get back in the house. Plus I have a few in the glove compartment.

GoCubsGo

(32,149 posts)
28. I don't hang anything on my rearview mirror, unless my car is parked.
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 08:07 PM
Sep 2020

Not a mask, not fuzzy dice, not a graduation tassel, or anything else. I don't like the distraction. I will occasionally hang my mask on it when my car is parked, but never when it's in operation.

marybourg

(12,688 posts)
32. I hang my face masks from my car radio knob.
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 08:23 PM
Sep 2020

The radio doesn’t work any more, so the masks are safe there. Thanks Toyota.

SheltieLover

(57,073 posts)
35. Never on mirror
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 08:29 PM
Sep 2020

Pointless to wear a mask, then take it off, hang it on mirror, & have AC blowing potential virus in my face.

stillcool

(32,626 posts)
37. I pull mine down around my neck
Thu Sep 3, 2020, 08:34 PM
Sep 2020

which I can do because I make ear buddies...a piece of fabric with buttons.

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