Coronavirus - Advice & Face Mask Research
A year on from the start of the pandemic, face coverings are now recognised as an important part in the toolkit of protective measures that help to prevent the transmission of Covid 19 and the discovery of asymptomatic cases. Face coverings intended for use by the general public are not medical devices, but must meet the existing requirements of the General Product Safety Regulations 2005 (GPSR).
Masks can be worn to protect the wearer from getting infected, or masks can be worn to protect others from being infected by the wearer. A recent analysis showed that either disposable surgical masks or reusable cotton masks were associated with protection of healthy individuals within households and among contacts of cases. However, in environments with high risk of transmission medical grade PPE masks are required.
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Masks that protect the wearer from transmitting the virus together with social distancing, are important measures for keeping the virus spread at bay and blocking the transmission once we come out of lockdown and these measures will be with us for a while. But not all reusable face masks are the same and in order to ensure that we are offering a comfortable and effective product we have tested ours.
Our fabric face masks are made of high-quality fabric and are guaranteed for a minimum of 40 washes. They consist of three layers of fabric, one being a non-woven layer of interlining for filtration. Fabric is either 100% cotton, or Fashionizer Spa’s organic CPF (Cotton Performance Fabric), naturally cool, breathable and comfortable, it has a soil release treatment and antibacterial finish. The masks have a lightweight metal wire at the top of the mask, making it easy to fit around and shape the nose, with lightweight elastic ensures minimal pressure around the ears (you can expect 5% shrinkage after the first wash).
It is important to follow strict hygiene procedures when wearing all face masks. You should always wash your hands before putting on your mask, as well as before taking it off. Once it is taken off, do not put it on again without washing it. Please also make sure that it does not come in contact with any surfaces before it is washed. Masks should be washed with soap and agitation at 60°C.
Masks should only be used by one person and should not be shared.
See below further research from across the world on the subject: