This post is intended to help normalize practical self-care. This is a Guoer N95 mask; the fabric is washable and it comes with 3 disposable 3-7 day charcoal filter inserts. Adjusts at nose and ears so minimal gapping for proper efficacy. Fits fine with my big glasses and hoop earrings!
Sadly, I have read physicians advise that N95 or better masks should be standard household safety gear in California as climate change worsens our natural fire season.
And yes, this is what air quality is like in some developing counties regularly. That doesn’t mean a mask is unnecessary; it means we should rethink the values and structures that are radically changing our planet and the life she supports.