25 November 2020

What Really is the Best Mask to Use?

Wearing a face mask is widely known to be one of the most effective forms of protection against the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Yet, the science and understanding has been evolving rapidly, and now more than ever it’s important to note that not all masks are created equal and there are different means to protect you. Let’s consider two forms of protection that a mask can give you: Filtration, versus anti-viral technology.mask3

Filtration means the virus is blocked by a “filter” in the mask from reaching your nose or mouth. An example of a filtration mask is the N95 respirator, also known as an N95 mask. They are disposable, multi-layer respiratory protective devices designed to filter 95% of airborne particles. That’s where the “95” comes from. Though these masks offer a high level of filtration; they are far from perfect as they also present a number of limiting and potentially dangerous pitfalls in terms of protection. For example, N95 masks are capable of filtering out particles as small as 0.3 microns, however the size of a COVID-19 virus averages a size of 0.125 microns, meaning that they could easily pass through the filtration to reach the user. Using an N95 mask to filter an individual virus is akin to trying to catch a small mosquito with a fishing net.

Further, N95 masks are not form-fitted to the users’ face which can leave gaps or openings through which pathogens can easily enter by circumventing the filter! Additionally, the 3 filtration layers used in N95 masks make breathing difficult for most users, creating discomfort and improper wearing habits; and can cause pulmonary distress, which is why they are not recommended to be used by children under age 12.

Furthermore, according to a study published recently by the prestigious medical publication LANCET, the coronavirus can live on the surface of disposable surgical  masks for up to 7 full days; which means these masks, which are intended to protect us, can be the source of infection via touching the mask upon wearing and removal.

The conclusion is, filtration as a means of protection is fraught with issues and can give us a false sense of security. It’s AT BEST a protection level of 95%; and with all of the issues noted above, the real protection level is likely significantly lower.

On the other hand, antiviral cloth masks offer a much more complete protection against dangerous pathogens including COVID-19 as it eliminates them on contact. One of the world’s most popular and fastest-growing mask is Fine Guard, which utilizes the Livinguard Technology out of Switzerland.

The way Fine Guard masks work is simple. The mask utilizes positively-charged ions which in a first step, “grab” negatively charged pathogens like viruses and bacteria, as they come into contact with the mask. It works a bit like a magnet. The positive ions the penetrate the negatively-charged membranes of the virus and bacteria as a second step, effectively killing them in a non-toxic manner. So, it’s safe, and effective!

In fact, multiple studies conducted by prestigious international universities such as the Free University of Berlin, RWTH Aachen University in Germany and the University of Arizona have shown that Fine Guard Masks with Livinguard can continuously eliminate viruses, including 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), making it one of the most effective coronavirus killer technologies known to date.

Unlike standard N95 masks, masks treated with antiviral technology like Fine Guard face mask is breathable, easily adjustable and reusable, and can be washed up to 30 times and used for a whole year without affecting the anti-viral properties. This not only gives consumers more value for their money, but also represents a more sustainable, eco-friendly option that helps reduce environmental impact created by disposable masks.

It is simple math. An N95 gives, at maximum, 95% protection. This is fact. That’s why it is called N95. It’s 95% filtration, at best.

An anti-viral mask, for example Fine Guard, gives a documented and proven protection of 99.9%. Which is better for your family? 95%, or 99.9% protection?

When it comes to the protection of your health, filtration alone is simply not enough. For the most in protection, safety, sustainability and value—Antiviral masks such as Fine Guard are the optimal choice.