Masks. What a hot topic right now. No one could have predicted how important face masks would become in our lives in 2020. And, now that the WHO and the CDC seem to finally agree that wearing a reusable face mask is somewhat effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19, we can get into the ins-and-outs of how to choose an excellent washable face mask. There are several things to look for in a face mask.
There are so many varieties of reusable face masks on the market, but how do you know which ones are the best choice? Here are a couple of essential points to look for in a face mask.
What To Look For In A Face Mask
Disposable vs Reusable?
Both of these types of face masks work well in terms of breathability and blocking those bothersome respiratory droplets from getting out. So, the best advice is to go for reusable masks if at all possible, as they are more environmentally-friendly. We have more than enough un-recyclable waste washing up on our beaches already; let’s try not to add to that.
Think About the Material
Finding the best material that not only looks good (we’re all fashionistas at heart) but is breathable and repels tiny droplets, sounds tricky. But scientists are reporting that the most important thing is not what type of fabric is used to make the face mask, but whether the material has a tight weave or thick thread. Material like this will block the droplets from passing through easily. Try and find out about the quality of the fabric before purchasing, or hold it up to the light–if you can see through the material it’s probably not going to be very effective.
Layer It Up
Yes! Two layers are better than one…and, well, three is even better. So if you’re unsure of your material, make sure it has enough layers–but not too many that you can’t breathe, of course.
Consider Different Styles
The best style is one that is comfortable so you won’t fiddle with it, and you will happily wear it when out and about. The reason is that you’re not wearing the N95 professional-grade masks that offer an airtight seal, but you just want to cover both your nose and mouth snugly to keep sneezes and coughs covered.
Think About Vents
These are a definite no-no. Face masks with exhalation vents were designed to prevent the wearer from inhaling particles, but not from exhaling particles. So these don’t help with COVID-19 at all, as we are wearing reusable face masks to block our respiratory particles from getting out to others.
Don’t worry too much about getting the ‘wrong one’. Any mask is better than none. Find one that is comfortable and breathable; the key is not to mind wearing your washable face mask. Anything is better than nothing. Of course, it must be mentioned that if you are under 2-years-old or have a medical condition that affects your breathing, you should not be wearing a face mask.
How We Can Help
If you’re looking for some guidance, Custom Mask Company has partnered with Impulse Fashion to create high-quality, reusable, washable masks. These FreFlo Masks were created in collaboration with a medical professional and were designed for comfort and function, using the best available performance fabrics. Following FDA and CDC regulations, these can be used by the general public and health care professionals.