To mask or not to mask, and no, we aren’t talking about whether or not you should indulge in a little face pamper sesh. This is far more serious and everywhere you turn all that everyone seems to be talking about, and wearing, are well, face masks. And for good reason. In fact, the US Center of Disease Control recommends that everyone—sick or healthy—wear a face mask in places where it can be hard to practice social distancing, that is, staying six feet away from others, like at the market or chemist or even work places. This comes from findings that people can spread coronavirus germs even if they don’t have symptoms or before they have obvious symptoms. Even more alarmingly, one is most contagious just before symptoms begin.
Not surprising then that several companies have launched a variety of face masks for you to choose from. Here are some of our top five picks.
These disposable face masks are ideal to keep handy for the family. Fitted with comfortable elastic ear loops and a three-layer construction of soft non-woven polypropylene, these are comfortable, breathable and soft. They even have a nose clip for better grip and stability during wear and filter out pollutants, chemicals, dust, and microbes from the air. In fact, they have a 91% bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE) in comparison to 95% BFE of a surgical quality N95 mask. Do remember to dispose of safely after each use.
Engineered with a six-layered triple filtration system, these reusable protection masks are the perfect outdoor essential. Usable for up to 30 gentle hand washes, these keep you safe from dangerous microbes, pollutants, dust, particulate matter, smoke from vehicle exhausts, factories and even bushfires. They have a 95%+ Bacteria filtration efficiency (BFE) for over 3µm (micron) sized bacteria and 95%+ Particle filtration efficiency (PFE) for over 0.3µm (micron) size particles. The fluid splash resistant technology protects you against accidental fluid/sneeze droplets from reaching your nose and mouth.
These slightly Martian looking reusable masks for adults are engineered with a multi-layer mesh triple particle filtration system. The N95 masks filters 95% of 2.5 PM particles and bacteria. The technical carbon activated filters provide protection from pollution as well. The adjustable nose clip gives enhanced protection while the soft and adjustable elastic ear loops are designed for extra comfort. While the shape is designed for breathability and space for facial gestures, the snug fit is also designed for leakage control. For us personally, this one’s a keeper long after the quarantine is over!
Made by the now-famous, toilet seat sanitizer company Pee Safe, these are crafted from breathable, soft fabric—microfiber polyester, to filter out dust particles—and can be worn all day long. Washable daily and are reusable for five years! Find your match from the range of attractive colors, black, blue and grey. There’s no need to worry about size and fit as these are free size for a perfect facial fit and come with elastic ear loops
And now finally one for the kids. Why should adults get all the attention? Specially designed for children in the age group of 5 to 14 years, this anti-pollution reusable mask is made from soft suede in bright colors to guard against dust, bacterial and pollution. The first layer is made of soft suede, the second layer is made from spun bond non-woven 20gsm to ensure maximum protection, and the third layer is made from soft, washable cloth. Washable masks in bright happy colors, yellow, blue and green that your kids will love. Reusable for up to 30 washes.