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Posted 2020-11-01 08:58:26 UTC

Face Mask Tests Reveal Huge Differences in Filtration

The first consumer test to rate the effectiveness of different face masks revealed some can filter 99% of particles, whilst others only manage 7%. The findings of the test conducted by Which? magazine discovered that masks with multiple layers of fabric offered the most effective bacterial filtration efficiency.

 

What’s Bacterial Filtration Efficiency?

 

This is the standard test used to measure the effectiveness of disposable surgical masks at blocking particles. Coronavirus particles can be much smaller than bacterial particles (as little as 0.1 micrometre in diameter). Face coverings aren’t intended to block all particles down to these ultra-fine particles, but instead to help capture larger droplets and aerosols that the wearer breathes out, which can carry the virus. Collectively, this reduction in particles escaping is thought to reduce the risk of community transmission in enclosed public spaces.

 

It's also important to see how breathable and comfortable a mask is. It needs to fit correctly and allow the wearer to breathe comfortably, as it’s more likely to be worn for the correct amount of time.

 

The addition of a filter didn’t guarantee greater protection than the multiple layer face masks which filter 99% of particles. Pacamask fall into this category, being made of two layers, but they also offer the additional protection of silver ion technology, which kills 99% of bacteria, helping to keep you protected from viruses and ensuring your mask stays cleaner.

 

Interestingly, the findings revealed that washable face masks became more effective over tie, as the washing encouraged the fibres to compact, offering greater protection without compromising breathability.

 

A combination of cotton and polyester, like the fabric used by Pacamask, was found to offer the greatest protection and most effective filtration.

 

The World Health Organisation suggests those over 60 use a medical mask for increased filtration, but the study found reusable masks that offered 99% protection against airborne bacteria to be just as effective.

 

Single layer stretchy fabric masks scored the lowest, as they don’t offer enough particle filtration and also don’t fit properly. However, it’s not just the fabric that makes a difference. Masks that don’t fit snugly to your face and cover your nose, mouth and chin offer far less protection as unfiltered air can get in around the sides.

 

 

Pacamasks have adjustable ear strings and a contoured fit, providing a customisable fit and maximum comfort and protection. With so many styles to choose from, you can be as classic or adventurous as the mood takes you.

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“I love my Pacamask, it's stylish but also super cool. I'm able to cumulate to work knowing I'm protected but also looking good and saying it with colour.”

HANNAH
REVOLUTIONARY SILVER ION

ANTIBACTERIAL FACE MASKS

BASED ON 1000’S OF SAFE AND STYLISH CUSTOMERS

Loved by 1000’s of UK people, Pacamask face masks feature antibacterial fabric which kills 99% of bacteria for up to 50 washes.

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