Reusing Disposable Face Masks: How to Remove, Clean and Store Them Safely

Since it looks as though we’re going to be stuck with face masks for a while yet to come I wanted to go ahead and repost this short article from Yahoo! News about reusing disposable face masks. Yes, they’re supposed to be disposable and not reused but sometimes that just isn’t practical and for those times, here are some tips on how to remove them, clean and store them, and how to judge when it’s truly time to dispose of them.

Read in good health!

While many people are wearing cloth face masks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, some are choosing to wear disposable ones. For those who wear disposable masks, there’s a frequent question: Can disposable masks like N95 and surgical masks be re-worn? In short? Yes, but only if you take care of them correctly.

To safely remove your mask and touch as little of its surface as possible, use the ear straps to remove and handle the mask.

Once the disposable mask is safely removed, place it in a convenient but safe storage spot, like a clean paper bag, plastic Tupperware or Ziploc bag. Once your mask is in a clean receptacle, leave it there for a few days and after 48 hours, it is safe to wear your mask again. Do not spray your mask with disinfectant, as these chemicals could be harmful to breathe in when you reuse the mask.

If a mask is visibly dirty, soiled or torn, it should be thrown out immediately. If you plan to reuse a disposable mask, it’s a good idea to have a few extra masks available so that one can be worn while others are being decontaminated.

Article and Image Credit: Yahoo!News


Some Guidance on Providing and Recognizing a Safe Workplace

Free guidance and plans from the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

This includes specific industries such as:

  • Restaurants
  • Driver-for-Hire (ridesharing, Uber, Lyft, etc.)
  • Personal care (nail and hair salons, gyms)

Getting Back to Work: Preparing Buildings for
Re-Entry Amid COVID-19

Lear has an extensive guide here, mindful that not everything in the guide is applicable to every type of industry.


Interested in learning more about remotely working, or which companies are hiring remote workers?

Teeny post this time!

This is a good resource:

For those of you on LinkedIn, there’s also a Remote Work group:


Some Tips to Help You Set Up An Ergonomic Home Work Space

These are just a few very basic tips to get you started. There are a lot of other things you might want to do.
If possible, get some natural light in the area where you plan to work. Natural light helps the brain retain its natural rhythms. If you don’t have any way to do this, there are lamps that can simulate natural light, and even an alarm clock that wakes you up by slowly brightening like a sunrise.

Consider setting up one of the many “Break Reminder” applications. These can help you remember to stretch your body, or get up and move around periodically. They come in all kinds of options such as cloud apps, browser extensions, phone apps, and desktop programs.
Those same reminder programs can help you stay hydrated by reminding you to drink water regularly, and maybe even to step outside every once in a while.

Some things to consider when setting up the physical portions of your workspace:

  • Choose a chair with back support that helps maintain the correct posture by supporting the natural curves of your spine. If your chair doesn’t support that posture, add pillows for back/leg support.
  • Make sure you sit back in your chair, in a straight but relaxed position.
  • Your shoulders should be relaxed with your elbows close to your sides at 90-degree angles when working. Most kitchen tables and desks are too high. Use a pillow as a seat cushion if you need to sit higher.
  • Your legs should be at a 90-degree angle and your feet should sit flat on the floor. If your feet are dangling, support them with a book or step stool.
  • Your monitor should be at eye level. Use books, old shoe boxes, etc. to raise it if needed.
  • If you use a laptop, use an external keyboard and mouse if you have them. It is essential that the monitor is separated from the keyboard/mouse so your eye level aligns with the top of the monitor.


Reliable Malware-Free Global COVID-19 Infection Trackers

COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)

University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute COVID-19 Tracking Board


CyberSecurity / IT-related training for FREE due to COVID-19

So, you’re stuck at home with “nothing to do”. Here’s some stuff to do!

If you have a CompTIA account:
Now through August 31, CompTIA members can access a complimentary subscription to BizLibrary, a platform that offers thousands of on-demand courses and short informational videos. It’s a great opportunity to upskill and prepare your workforce to survive and thrive. Login to your member dashboard and start learning today!

April is Free with PluralSight:

ECCouncil is making some of their paid offerings free:

Selection of free courses through Udemy:

CodeCamp put this list of over 450 free online courses from Ivy-League schools and even wrote a how-to guide and included tips & tricks:

Elastic / ElasticStack / ELK – specific training from Elastic:

University of Cincinnati Comp Sci/Engineering Department just made their graduate-level Malware Analysis class public, current contents are from 2020:

MITRE Training on using the ATT&CK framework:

Cisco Networking Academy (these may always be free, doesn’t specify):

Free Autopsy forensics training:

Free SANS training posters:

Penetration testing:

Attack surfaces:

30 Things to Get You Started via Black Hills Information Security:


Resources for Children

This can be an especially trying time for those with children. It’s difficult to explain why we’re doing what we’re doing, and there’s the necessity of juggling the role of full-time teacher and caregiver in addition to anything else you might be doing (like working).

Here are some resources that happened across my radar, in case any of them are helpful.

Setting a daytime schedule can be helpful for you and for children to keep in a regular cycle. Set aside certain time blocks for certain activities, and do them at the same time every weekday. Continuing to have weekends as a time to relax and blow off steam will help you and your child return to a regular schedule when the emergency is over.

Schedule example:

I personally think this is wonderful. We don’t like to sit our kids in front of a screen of course, but sometimes we need them to be still for just a little while so we can get something done. This might help.

Kids’ books read out loud:

Here’s a young lady who is volunteering her time to do entertainment live on Facebook:

Grade-specific exercises and resources:

National Geographic science experiments:

Make math part of the routine with Bedtime Math:

Scholastic’s website:

The Body Coach – Exercises for kids to do at home:

Activity Suggestions:

  • Make an obstacle course in the back yard or in your basement and see who can complete it the fastest (if you’re solo, capture your feats on video to share)
  • Plan a picnic in your yard. Pack your favorite meal and make it even more special by playing a mix of your favorite tunes on a portable speaker or your phone
  • Set up a tent in your living room – or better yet, create a fort with couch cushions and blankets. You can tell camp stories or read a book under the make-believe stars
  • Plan a meal where everything you prepare is food you can eat with your hands – or make it more challenging and don’t use hands either
  • Schedule video chats with loved ones and spice them up by wearing a wig, costume, funny makeup etc. and surprise your friends and family
  • Make your own post cards and send them to people who you miss the most. They’ll love getting good-old-fashion mail and hearing from you

Hospital List for Colorado

This is a community-assembled list of hospitals listed by counties and cross-referenced with hospitals in adjacent counties.

Link to live Google doc:

The list on this page is a copy of the list at the Google Docs link, in case that goes down. It is not the most updated list.

Last updated: 2020-04-08

Boulder County Hospitals

Foothills Hospital

765,000 square feet of floor space; 2,000 rooms. Staff when the hospital is in full operation: 1,200-1,500.

Patient capacity: 766 beds, 116 bassinettes, 15 day care beds. Number of acute-care beds: 92

Number of ICU beds: 12. Level 2 trauma center

Avista Adventist Hospital – Centura  Health – Louisville

100 Health Park Dr., Louisville  (off 88th St. south of Dillon) –   (303) 673-1000

114 beds     Level 3 trauma

Good Samaritan Medical Center – SCL Health – Lafayette

200 Exempla Circle, Lafayette  (off of Rte. 42 & 287) – (303) 689-4000

234 rooms    Level 2 trauma

Longmont United Hospital – Centura Health

1950 Mountain View Ave., Longmont  – (303) 651-5111

186 beds; ED 32 rooms     Level 3 trauma

UC Health Long Peaks Hospital– Longmont

1750 E. Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont  — (720) 718-7000

51 beds       Level 3 trauma                                       

Total rooms: 1,487 (inc. ED rooms)

Neighboring Counties

UC Health Broomfield Hospital  (Broomfield County)

11820 Destination Dr, Broomfield (near Hwy 36 & Wadsworth Blvd.)   – (303) 464-4500

18 rooms  (likely a large ED operation)

North Colorado Medical Center (Banner Health) – Greeley (Weld County)

1801 16th St., Greeley  – (970) 810-4121

378 beds      Level 2 trauma.   A tertiary care facility.

Regional Hospitals in nearby counties

St. Anthony North Health Campus – Centura   (Adams)

14300 Orchard Pkwy., Westminster   720-627-0000

100 beds Level 3 trauma center

Children’s Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus   (Adams)

13123 E. 16th Ave., Aurora      720-777-1234

470 beds Level 1 pediatric

North Suburban Medical Center   (Adams)

9191 Grant St, Thornton 303-451-7800

127 beds; 24 ICU beds  Level 2 trauma center

UC Health University of Colorado Hospital (at the Anschutz Medical Campus)  (Adams)

12605 E.16th Ave., Aurora  720-848-0000

678 beds Level 1 trauma center

Medical Center of Aurora  – Health One (Arapahoe)

1501 S. Potomac S., Aurora 303-695-2600

346 beds Level 2 trauma center (Level 1 Cardiac Center)

Swedish Medical Center – Health One (Arapahoe)

501 E. Hampden Ave., Englewood   303-788-5000

408 beds Level 1 trauma center

Denver Health Medical Center   (Denver)

777 Bannock St., Denver 303-436-6000

525 beds; 24 ICU beds Level 1 trauma center

National Jewish Health (specializes in respiratory)   (Denver)

1400 Jackson St., Denver 303-398-1355

46 beds

Porter Adventist Hospital – Centura   (Denver)

2525 S. Downing St., Denver 303-778-1955

368 beds Level 3 trauma center

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center    (Denver)

1719 E. 19th Ave., Denver, 303-839-6000

680 beds Level 4 trauma center

Rose Medical Center – HealthONE   (Denver)

4567 E. 9th Ave., Denver   303-320-2121

422 beds Level 4 trauma center

St. Joseph Hospital – SCL Health   (Denver) 

1375 E. 19th Ave, Denver  303-812-2000

365 beds Level 4 trauma center

St. Anthony Hospital – Centura   (Jefferson)

11600 W. 2nd Pl., Lakewood  720-321-0000

224 beds Level 1 trauma center

Lutheran Medical Center -SCL Health   (Jefferson)

8300 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge  303-425-4500

543 beds Level 3 trauma center

McKee Medical Center – Banner   (Larimer)

2000 N. Boise Ave., Loveland 970-820-4640

132 beds Level 3 trauma center

Medical Center of the Rockies – UC Health   (Larimer)

2500 Rocky Mountain Ave., Loveland    970-624-2500

174 beds Level 2 trauma center

Banner Fort Collins Medical Center   (Larimer)

4700 Lady Moon Dr., Fort Collins 970-821-4000

Acute-care 23 beds (inpatient diagnostic and therapeutic services)   ICU beds 12 

UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital   (Larimer)  

1024 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins     970-495-7000

270 beds Level 3 trauma center

North Colorado Medical Center (Banner Health)      (Weld County)

1801 16th St., Greeley     970-810-4121

378 beds      Level 2 trauma.   A tertiary care facility.


Coronavirus Protection – Facemasks incl. 3D Print

Pattern for N95 mask:

The CDC:
This site has several other sets of instructions to make masks so if this one won’t work for you try checking this site for alternatives.

NIH Collection of 3D Print Instruction Sets for face masks and shields including how to assemble and wear:

Simple no-sew mask:

The original blog with these instructions: