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Cloth Mask vs. Surgical Mask

There's a lot in the news at the moment about who should and should not wear a mask, where you should wear it and what type you should wear.  This is very confusing especially on top of all the other information about Covid going around too.

We wanted to try and distill the message a little bit, to make it easier to understand.

There have been many tests and of course the N95 surgical masks are the best, bar none.  However these are essential medical supplies, so the gereral public should not be using these.

N95 Mask

Next are the main surgucal mask.  These are the folded disposable material, with a white side and a blue (or other colour) side.  These are really for surgical environments and can stop droplets.  However, can be harder to fit correctly and studies have found that a tight fitting fabric face covering can be more effective.

Finally, we have the fabric face coverings.  These should be made from a tightly woven fabric, with a high thread count.  It should be made of 2 - 3 layers, fit tighly to your face and NOT have an air valve.  The air valve expels non-filtered air, which can infect those around you.  Any fabric mask without a valve is going to be best.

The Love Ion face masks are made from 2 layers of 100% high thread count cotton, without a valve and designed to fit snugly over the nose and mouth.

Our bandana-style doesn't hoop over your ears, rather goes behind your head for all-day comfort.

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