This article is specifically aimed at helping people who need a mask that will legitimately offer respiratory protection from viruses, including Covid-19.
Consider these tips a baseline of knowledge that will help you to ask the right questions of any mask. As with anything in life, critical thinking combined with knowing when to ask the right questions can save you a lot of hassle.
As a manufacturer of masks, you could expect us to be biased, which to a certain extent is true – we love our products. However, we have also spent nearly a decade knee-deep in developing virus blocking masks and have a great deal of inside experience and information about the technologies, certifications, and real-world performance of what’s out there.
Consider this a conversation between friends over a cup of tea: you say “Hey, how do I tell if a mask will stop Covid?” and we say…
If a mask doesn’t have sufficient filtration, then it is unlikely to protect you regardless of other qualities it may have. Viral particulates are among the smallest airborne threats and tend to travel in water, which can make them more difficult to block than other particulates.
A key point to reiterate here is that if a mask doesn’t have a sufficient filter with at least FFP2 certification, then it doesn’t matter what materials it’s made out of.
RESPILON anti-viral VK masks use an accelerated copper technology developed by a team of international scientists to destroy all viruses and bacteria. It's based on a military technology that's been in use for over a decade. We could have used silver or zinc in our anti-viral masks, but we didn’t. Here’s why:
No, they don’t. Technically, surgical masks (Type 1, Type 2 and Type IIR) are classed as PPE. However, this is a little misleading to the general public, as surgical masks do not offer respiratory protection. Surgical masks are intended to limit the spread of large droplets expelled by the mask wearer. They do not offer the wearer or others around them protection from inhaling a virus.
If your mask doesn’t fit well, it won’t properly protect you. The mask should fit around your face without gaps or air escaping through the sides or around the nose as you breathe. The nose section should have a wire fitting that allows you to create a good seal. If you have facial hair, a totally secure fit can be difficult to achieve with any mask.
When choosing a mask, consider the shape as well as the size:
Moisture wipes out filtration in most masks (except ours). If the inside of your mask is moist and it's not a RESPILON mask, the filtration will probably start to dip and can be reduced by up to 60%. If safe to do so, letting it dry out might help, although it's currently unclear as to whether the filtration will return as it's based on the static charge within the filter. Note: this does not apply to our masks, if you want to know more about that, check out this article: PPE Masks: Common Meltblown Filters VS RESPILON Nano Filters
Finally, it’s important to understand that nothing guarantees protection. Following your own common sense and the recommendations of scientists and medical professionals (maybe not politicians) is an important part of lowering risk.