No worries. Cabin fever and events have most of world on edge.
I understand your analogy. A N95 mask is not hard to breath thru. Not easy either, but I can work hard in my yard and not experience respiratory difficulty. And that’s with a mask with LOTS of dust, dirt, pollen, etc. on it.
From another post I made:
…As explained to me by our infectious disease doc, the rationale behind using a bandana, cloth mask… any less than ideal protection, is to keep you from touching your face (mucous membrane areas) with “dirty” hands. Yes, you can still rub your eyes…
The cloth material will not physically stop something as small as a virus, or bacteria for that matter. Heck, it might not even stop smoke particles which you can see! Having said that, the virus is held in, and travels via the droplets of saliva/sputum when a patients cough/sneeze, etc. The cloth material will stop and trap the droplets.
Ideally, at this junction of rationing PPE, the bandana/cloth is a stop gap measure until production ramps up for proper PPE. You all know this. The bandana should be worn OVER the N95 to help preserve it’s life span.
So, with the above thoughts, perhaps an interim solution is to build cheapo face masks with material at hand and with skills that have a low entry threshold. That’s not to imply FRC are not capable, but my experience is that FRC teams are not really familiar with production runs. That is a skill set not yet developed (I have a hard enough time getting the students to use a mill/lathe stop when making multiple parts…). So make something that will minimize adverse events by starting simple rather than something as simple (yet complicated) as a N95 mask.