Worst Case: We are going to be in this for a long time, so be prepared. The mask-in-stores requirement will go on for months as the ramp up for the second wave occurs next fall.
Dolly and I have a handful of N95 shop masks left over from building the airplane. They have been used during trips to grocery stores, etc. We expect them to become contaminated, and they get set aside after one day’s use.
I found DIY advice on building a UV-C sterilizer on YouTube. The sterilizer uses a 30 watt Phillips UV-C bulb available online.
Note: UV-C is the far (short wavelength) end of the ultraviolet spectrum. Brief exposure is said to cause eye damage and skin cancer. It’s not the UV-A/B ultraviolet spectrum used to light up fluorescent materials. The light intensity will sterilize anything in the box in five minutes.
Dolly contributed the wooden box which was made some time ago by her late husband Al’s uncle Edsel. I wrapped Reynolds foil around quarter inch foam board and stuffed it onto all interior surfaces of the box. The shiny foil ensures the light is reflected onto all surfaces of anything in the box.
Masks are held for sterilization on 3D printed frames. Each frame is composed of five parts that snap together solidly. Lucky we have a printer! I found the design for the frame on a medical website.
Family and friends who need masks sterilized are welcome to use the box.